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Barclays Premier League

Saturday, 31 January 2015,

Man United
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Leicester
  • Kickoff: 16:00 BST
  • Stadium: Old Trafford
  • Referee: -
  • Stadium: Old Trafford
  • Attendance: 75,329
  • 27' Robin van Persie
  • 32' Radamel Falcao
  • 44' Wes Morgan - og
  • 80' Marcin Wasilewski

Manchester United

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Carrick blow for United

Midfielder Michael Carrick has been ruled out for at least four weeks with a muscle injury and will therefore miss Manchester United's home game against Leicester on Saturday.

Wing-back Ashley Young is closing in on a return from a hamstring injury, but midfielder Darren Fletcher has been omitted from the squad as his transfer to West Ham nears completion.

Defenders Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling could return after missing the 0-0 draw against Cambridge.

Louis Van Gaal's team lost 5-3 against the Premier League newcomers in September despite being 3-1 up with 30 minutes to go.

The Old Trafford boss is determined his side will be fully focused on the task in hand when they host the Foxes again on Saturday.

''I learned from that game that when things are happening in the wrong way you have to control the game,'' he said.

''As a top club you have to control the match and when you are in a good result like 3-1 you have to control the match and you have to play and finish the match."

Matt Upson could make his first appearance in the Leicester squad after being sidelined since July with a foot injury.

Kasper Schmeichel is still out with his broken foot but is on course in his recovery while Chris Wood is unavailale because of ankle ligament damage.

Matty James is banned after his sending-off in the 1-0 win over Aston Villa earlier this month and Riyad Mahrez remains on African Nations Cup duty with Algeria.

Boss Nigel Pearson admits Leicester have been "trying to forget" their Manchester United heroics ever since that famous win.

The Foxes face a rematch with United when they go to Old Trafford on Saturday.

The amazing victory came before a 13-game winless streak and Leicester have failed to lift themselves off the bottom of the table after the run, despite winning two and drawing one of their last four league games.

And Pearson, who guided the Foxes to a 2-1 FA Cup win at Tottenham last week, insists they must ignore the reminders of the past and focus on the present.

He said: "We've been trying to forget about it ever since. It was great but until we beat Hull (in December) that was the last time we won.

"I think the best thing for us to do is concentrate on what we are doing at the moment.

"I don't know if it has affected anything. It obviously has as the question has been asked.

"I don't spend much time looking at those angles. The game at our place was a very good result for us, we had a very good second half and scored at vital times.

"But those are not the sort of events that happen every week."

91'+3

Match ends, Manchester United 3, Leicester City 1.

91'+3

Ritchie De Laet (Leicester City) Throw In at 94'

91'+2

Danny Simpson (Leicester City) Throw In at 93'

91'+2

Danny Simpson (Leicester City) Throw In at 93'

91'+1

Luke Shaw (Manchester United) Throw In at 92'

91'+1

Attempt saved. Daley Blind (Manchester United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ángel Di María.

91'+1

Ángel Di María (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 92'

91'

James Wilson (Manchester United) Corner Kick at 91'

91'

Attempt saved. James Wilson (Manchester United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

89'

Daley Blind (Manchester United) Free Kick at 89'

89'

Juan Mata (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86'

Ritchie De Laet (Leicester City) Throw In at 86'

86'

Danny Simpson (Leicester City) Throw In at 86'

84'

Attempt missed. Ángel Di María (Manchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Wayne Rooney with a through ball.

84'

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 84'

83'

Attempt missed. Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by David Nugent with a headed pass.

83'

David Nugent (Leicester City) Assists Shot at 83'

81'

Luke Shaw (Manchester United) Throw In at 81'

80'

Substitution, Manchester United. James Wilson replaces Falcao.

80'

3 - 1

Goal! Manchester United 3, Leicester City 1. Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marc Albrighton with a cross following a corner.

80'

Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) Assists Shot at 80'

80'

Daley Blind (Manchester United) Blocked Pass at 80'

79'

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Luke Shaw.

79'

Danny Simpson (Leicester City) Throw In at 79'

79'

Danny Simpson (Leicester City) Throw In at 79'

78'

Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) Throw In at 78'

78'

Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) Free Kick at 78'

78'

Offside, Manchester United. Marcos Rojo tries a through ball, but Falcao is caught offside.

77'

Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) Free Kick at 77'

77'

Substitution, Manchester United. Juan Mata replaces Antonio Valencia.

77'

Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77'

Attempt blocked. Ángel Di María (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Falcao.

77'

Radamel Falcao (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 77'

74'

Ritchie De Laet (Leicester City) Throw In at 74'

73'

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Danny Simpson.

73'

Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) Corner Kick at 73'

70'

Danny Simpson (Leicester City) Throw In at 70'

69'

Jefferey Schlupp (Leicester City) Blocked Pass at 69'

69'

Patrick McNair (Manchester United) Throw In at 69'

68'

Substitution, Manchester United. Patrick McNair replaces Robin van Persie.

66'

Luke Shaw (Manchester United) Throw In at 66'

65'

Luke Shaw (Manchester United) Throw In at 65'

65'

Esteban Cambiasso (Leicester City) Free Kick at 65'

64'

Foul by Daley Blind (Manchester United).

64'

Luke Shaw (Manchester United) Throw In at 64'

63'

David De Gea (Manchester United) Free Kick at 63'

62'

Substitution, Leicester City. David Nugent replaces Leonardo Ulloa.

62'

Substitution, Leicester City. Marc Albrighton replaces Andrej Kramaric.

62'

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City).

62'

Danny Simpson (Leicester City) Throw In at 62'

61'

Attempt blocked. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

60'

Daley Blind (Manchester United) Free Kick at 60'

60'

Luke Shaw (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58'

Attempt missed. Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Daley Blind.

58'

Daley Blind (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 58'

57'

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) Blocked Pass at 57'

55'

Luke Shaw (Manchester United) Free Kick at 55'

55'

Foul by Esteban Cambiasso (Leicester City).

55'

Danny Simpson (Leicester City) Throw In at 55'

54'

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) Throw In at 54'

54'

Daley Blind (Manchester United) Free Kick at 54'

54'

Foul by Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City).

52'

Attempt missed. Andrej Kramaric (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Wes Morgan with a cross.

52'

Wes Morgan (Leicester City) Assists Shot at 52'

52'

Esteban Cambiasso (Leicester City) Free Kick at 51'

51'

Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

49'

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) Throw In at 49'

49'

Esteban Cambiasso (Leicester City) Free Kick at 49'

49'

Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48'

Danny Simpson (Leicester City) Blocked Pass at 48'

46'

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) Throw In at 46'

46'

Second Half begins Manchester United 3, Leicester City 0.

46'

Substitution, Leicester City. Esteban Cambiasso replaces Jamie Vardy.

46'+1

Halftime

46'

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) Corner Kick at 46'

46'

Luke Shaw (Manchester United) Blocked Pass at 46'

46'

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Luke Shaw.

46'

Danny Simpson (Leicester City) Throw In at 46'

46'

Ángel Di María (Manchester United) Blocked Pass at 46'

45'

Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) Free Kick at 45'

45'

Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44'

3 - 0

Own Goal by Wes Morgan, Leicester City. Manchester United 3, Leicester City 0.

43'

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Danny Simpson.

43'

Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) Corner Kick at 43'

41'

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Jeffrey Schlupp.

41'

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) Corner Kick at 41'

41'

Mark Schwarzer (Leicester City) Free Kick at 41'

40'

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39'

Danny Simpson (Leicester City) Throw In at 39'

39'

Luke Shaw (Manchester United) Throw In at 39'

39'

Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) Free Kick at 39'

38'

Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

38'

Ritchie De Laet (Leicester City) Throw In at 38'

35'

Ritchie De Laet (Leicester City) Throw In at 35'

34'

Marcos Rojo (Manchester United) Free Kick at 34'

34'

Daniel Drinkwater

33'

Luke Shaw (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33'

Luke Shaw (Manchester United) Throw In at 33'

32'

2 - 0

Goal! Manchester United 2, Leicester City 0. Falcao (Manchester United) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

31'

Attempt saved. Ángel Di María (Manchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Robin van Persie with a through ball.

31'

Robin van Persie (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 31'

31'

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) Throw In at 31'

31'

Jefferey Schlupp (Leicester City) Blocked Pass at 31'

30'

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) Throw In at 30'

30'

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) Free Kick at 30'

29'

Robin van Persie (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

29'

Luke Shaw (Manchester United) Throw In at 29'

27'

1 - 0

Goal! Manchester United 1, Leicester City 0. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Daley Blind with a through ball.

27'

Daley Blind (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 27'

25'

Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) Blocked Pass at 25'

25'

Jefferey Schlupp (Leicester City) Blocked Pass at 25'

24'

Attempt missed. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Luke Shaw with a cross.

24'

Luke Shaw (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 24'

24'

Ritchie De Laet (Leicester City) Throw In at 24'

23'

Attempt missed. Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

22'

Danny Simpson (Leicester City) Throw In at 22'

22'

Marcos Rojo (Manchester United) Blocked Pass at 22'

22'

Daley Blind (Manchester United) Free Kick at 22'

21'

Phil Jones (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20'

Attempt missed. Ángel Di María (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Luke Shaw with a headed pass.

20'

Luke Shaw (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 20'

20'

Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) Blocked Pass at 20'

18'

Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) Blocked Pass at 18'

18'

Mark Schwarzer (Leicester City) Free Kick at 18'

18'

Foul by Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United).

16'

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) Throw In at 16'

15'

Marcos Rojo (Manchester United) Free Kick at 15'

15'

Offside, Leicester City. Daniel Drinkwater tries a through ball, but Andrej Kramaric is caught offside.

15'

Attempt blocked. Ángel Di María (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

14'

Foul by Andy King (Leicester City).

14'

Danny Simpson (Leicester City) Throw In at 14'

13'

Mark Schwarzer (Leicester City) Free Kick at 13'

12'

Foul by Andy King (Leicester City).

12'

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) Throw In at 12'

11'

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) Corner Kick at 11'

11'

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Antonio Valencia.

10'

Luke Shaw (Manchester United) Throw In at 10'

10'

Danny Simpson (Leicester City) Throw In at 10'

9'

Danny Simpson (Leicester City) Throw In at 9'

7'

Danny Simpson (Leicester City) Throw In at 7'

6'

Daley Blind (Manchester United) Blocked Pass at 6'

6'

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) Throw In at 6'

5'

Ritchie De Laet (Leicester City) Throw In at 5'

5'

Daley Blind (Manchester United) Free Kick at 5'

4'

Robin van Persie (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2'

Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) Blocked Pass at 2'

2'

Mark Schwarzer (Leicester City) Free Kick at 2'

2'

Offside, Manchester United. Ángel Di María tries a through ball, but Falcao is caught offside.

2'

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) Free Kick at 2'

1'

Foul by Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City).

1'

Luke Shaw (Manchester United) Throw In at 1'

1'

Kickoff

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Possession

71%
29%
  • Manchester United
  • Leicester City

Shots

12
4

Shots on target

5
1

Fouls

8
12

Corners

4
3

Yellow Cards

0
1

Red Cards

0
0

Head to Head

Man United3 - 1Leicester
Leicester5 - 3Man United
Man United1 - 0Leicester
Leicester1 - 4Man United
Man United2 - 0Leicester
Leicester0 - 1Man United

Man United

  • 1David De Gea
  • 5Marcos Rojo
  • 3Luke Shaw
  • 25Antonio Valencia
  • -> Juan Mata
  • 4Phil Jones
  • 7Ángel Di María
  • 10Wayne Rooney
  • 11Adnan Januzaj
  • 20Robin van Persie
  • -> Patrick McNair
  • 9Radamel Falcao
  • -> James Wilson
  • 17Daley Blind
  • Subs
  • 21Ander Herrera
  • 12Chris Smalling
  • 32Victor Valdés
  • 31Marouane Fellaini

Leicester

  • 32Mark Schwarzer
  • 5Wes Morgan
  • 27Marcin Wasilewski
  • 2Ritchie De Laet
  • 17Danny Simpson
  • 9Jamie Vardy
  • -> Esteban Cambiasso
  • 15Jefferey Schlupp
  • 10Andy King
  • 23Leonardo Ulloa
  • -> David Nugent
  • 40Andrej Kramaric
  • -> Marc Albrighton
  • 4Daniel Drinkwater
  • Subs
  • 7Dean Hammond
  • 6Matthew Upson
  • 12Ben Hamer
  • 3Paul Konchesky

Robin van Persie on target as Manchester United beat Leicester City

Robin van Persie ended his dry spell with a spectacular finish that propelled Manchester United to a comfortable 3-1 win over Leicester.

Van Persie scored his first goal for over a month to put United ahead and Radamel Falcao got on the scoresheet before Wes Morgan's own goal sealed the win, which moves Louis van Gaal's men up to third in the Barclays Premier League.

Marcin Wasilewski scored in the second half, but the Foxes were unable to pull off another great comeback like they did in the reverse fixture last September, which ended 5-3 to Leicester.

Van Persie spoke candidly this week about how disappointed he was with his form this season.

The Dutchman said his performances had not been up to scratch and conceded he did not know if he had done enough to earn a contract extension.

But on Saturday he looked something like the Van Persie who scored 30 goals in his debut season at the club.

The Dutchman watched Daley Blind's chip pass over his left shoulder before expertly stabbing the ball past Mark Schwarzer with his right boot.

Replays showed the 31-year-old may have been slightly offside, but he did not care.

Falcao rounded off a move which Van Persie started five minutes later and the three points were in the bag at half-time after Morgan turned Wayne Rooney's corner into his own net

The win -- and the fact that they scored three goals -- will give confidence to Van Gaal's team, who had scored just five goals in their previous six matches.

For the first 20 minutes, United looked just as flat as they did in their last home match -- the 1-0 defeat to Southampton.

The tempo was slightly quicker, but Leicester goalkeeper Schwarzer remained untested in the opening exchanges.

The home fans became annoyed at their team for not going on the attack against the bottom team in the division.

Too often they passed the ball sideways or backwards.

Nothing seemed to be going for the hosts. Rooney's attempted cross-field pass ended up in the East Stand.

Angel di Maria showed his class by chesting down a Leicester clearance, but he followed it up by putting his volley into the crowd too.

Van Persie spurned an opportunity moments later, scooping a shot high and wide from the edge of the area.

The home supporters needed a goal to lift their spirits and Van Persie delivered it in spectacular fashion just before the half hour.

Blind pinched the ball off Andrej Kramaric and chipped a clever ball over the Leicester back four towards Van Persie. The striker showed true class by watching the ball over his shoulder before stabbing past Schwarzer first time for his ninth of the campaign.

Five minutes later, United doubled their lead. Van Persie started the move, brushing his man off the ball to find Di Maria. Schwarzer spilled the Argentinian's shot and Falcao scrambled home his fourth goal of the season just before Ritchie De Laet and Wasilewski could intercept.

United were now playing at their free-flowing best. Falcao and Di Maria exchanged passes in a quick counter, but they could not test Schwarzer.

With Leonardo Ulloa isolated up front, Leicester could offer little on the attack and two minutes before the break they found themselves 3-0 down.

Rooney's corner skidded off the head of Blind and Morgan, who was caught out by the flick-on, accidentally diverted the ball into his own net.

Leicester's supporters, rather optimistically, insisted they were going to win 5-3 again.

Just after introducing Esteban Cambiasso at the break, the Foxes hit United on the counter, but Kramaric's attempted bicycle kick failed spectacularly.

United remained by far the superior team though. Adnan Januzaj, making his first league start in almost three months, wanted in on the act, but his swirling 25-yard shot dipped just over Schwarzer's bar.

Ulloa had a pretty desperate penalty appeal turned down when he slipped in the box on the hour.

A brief moment of panic followed when substitute David Nugent nudged last man Phil Jones off the ball, but David de Gea came out to stop the former England striker.

Van Persie earned a standing ovation when he came off with 22 minutes to go.

Leicester grabbed one back when Wasilewski headed in at the far post, but there was not enough time to mount another comeback and United coasted to victory.




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