Leicester City v Manchester United – Football Match Report – 1 September 2022

Jadon Sancho scored the game’s only goal as Manchester United beat Leicester City 1-0 at the King Power Stadium on Thursday for their third straight win.

After a hesitant start to the season, Erik ten Hag’s side entered the game following Premier League wins over Liverpool and Southampton and saw captain Harry Maguire and Cristiano Ronaldo left out of the starting XI for the third consecutive game.

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United hit Leicester in a quick counterattack midway through the first half as Marcus Rashford threaded the ball through the hosts’ backline to Sancho, who rounded goalkeeper Danny Ward with his first touch and rolled the ball into an empty net with his second to complete the move.

James Maddison closed in on Leicester with a superb free-kick that brought in an excellent save from United’s David De Gea, but the home side struggled to create chances.

The opener seemed to boost the visitors’ confidence and they pushed forward through the first 45 minutes. No second goal came and United took their 1-0 lead into the break.

Ten Hag brought Casemiro into the summer finish for Anthony Elanga just before the hour mark as United clung to their lead and Leicester chased the leveler.

Ronaldo, who did not leave the club until the end of Thursday’s transfer window, came on shortly afterwards in place of Sancho and looked sharp, giving Rashford an 82nd-minute chance and making bouncing a kick over the far post from Ward a few minutes later.

“We need a good team and we needed numbers,” Ten Hag said after the game. “There are a lot of games to cover. Once Cristiano Ronaldo and Casemiro are fitter it will be even better – we don’t just need a team, we need a team.”

Leicester had a late chance to level but full-back James Justin exploded high and wide from a promising position on the right as United secured back-to-back away wins.

Man United saw the rest of the game to move into fifth place in the Premier League with nine points – one ahead of rivals Liverpool in the table – while winless Leicester are last with just one point from their first five games. .

Leicester lost key defender Wesley Fofana to Chelsea, but manager Brendan Rodgers was happy to have replaced him with Belgium’s Wout Faes from Reims and kept Harvey Barnes and Maddison, despite reports of interest in them.

“There were requests for Barnes and Maddison at the start of the window. We couldn’t lose too many. We were weak in terms of depth and quality. Luckily they’re still there,” Rodgers said after the game. .

“We needed two centre-halves ideally. With Wesley gone, we needed a replacement for him. Wout is an experienced player, a leader. He’ll come and give us that personality. We’re delighted he’s got us joined.”

Information from Reuters was used in this report.

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