Leicester City ease past second-string United side; strengthen Top Four bid - (2022)
EPL Matchday 36 of 38:
Manchester United 1 Leicester City 2 – Old Trafford – Tuesday, 11 May 2021
Leicester City secured their first victory since 1998 over Manchester United at Old Trafford when they beat a “B-string” Red Devils side 2-1 and paved the way for Manchester City to become Premier League champions for 2020-21.
Ole Solksjaer made as many as 10 changes to the side that beat Aston Villa a couple of days earlier and handed Premier league debuts to Amad Diallo and Anthony Elanga.
The United coach had earlier confessed that he had no option other than to make mass changes given a packed schedule that involved as many as three games within the space of five days.
But United's response was quick with Diallo outmuscling Thomas as he careened down the right channel, cut back inside and found Mason Greenwood who skipped past two defenders and unleashed a low measured shot that just beat Kasper Schmeichel to the far post.
1-1 in the 15th minute.
Leicester showed little sign of wrestling back control till the end of the first half but came back strong after the interval as Kelechi Iheanacho and Jamie Vardy were both thwarted by David De Gea.
Bruno Fernandes came on with only 12 minutes of play remaining, but United were unable to find another equalizer as the Portuguese shot an effort wide in the dying stages.
Manchester United starting XI in a 4-2-3-1 formation: De Gea (goal); Williams, Bailly, Tuanzebe, Telles; Van de Beek, Matic; Diallo (Fernandes 78), Mata, Elanga(Rashford 66); Greenwood (Cavani 66).
Substitutes unused: Henderson, Lindelof, Pogba, Shaw, Wan-Bissaka McTominay
Scorer: Greenwood 15
Leicester City starting XI in a 3-4-3 formation: Schmeichel (goal); Castagne, Soyuncu, Fofana; Thomas, Ndidi, Tielemans, Albrighton; Perez (Maddison 65), Iheanacho, Vardy (Choudhury 80).
Substitutes unused: Ward, Amartey, Pereira, Mendy, Praet, Fuchs, Maswanhis
Scorers: Thomas 10, Soyuncu 66
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