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Leicester City 1-1 Manchester United

By Phil McNultyChief football writer at the King Power Stadium
Vardy broke the record - previously held by former United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy - when finishing past De Gea

Jamie Vardy wrote his name into Premier League history by scoring for the 11th successive game - but both Leicester City and Manchester United missed the chance to go top of the table with this draw at King Power Stadium.

Vardy, wearing golden boots, went into this game hoping to eclipse former United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy's record, set across two seasons in 2003.

And he savoured his moment in the 24th minute, running on to Christian Fuchs' pass to send a low, powerful finish past United keeper David de Gea.

Bastian Schweinsteiger headed United's equaliser right on half-time and despite plenty of energy from both sides after the break, the stalemate leaves Manchester City at the Premier League summit.

Relive Leicester's draw with Manchester United

Vardy's golden run the perfect example

Man of the day - and of the season so far - irrespective of the result was Vardy as he scored the goal that wrote his name in the Premier League record books.

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Leicester City's 28-year-old striker has been a man on a mission since the start of the season and if the weight of expectation he carried into this game was any sort of burden, he carried it lightly.

There was not a trace of nerves as he darted between two United defenders and on to Fuchs' pass to race clear and beat goalkeeper David de Gea with a precise finish.

As the King Power Stadium rocked to a crescendo of noise and Vardy took the acclaim, it was time to reflect on the sort of finish that has become his trademark in a golden season for the striker who has made his way from Stocksbridge Park Steel in the non-league to England recognition and history maker.

Jamie Vardy's goal in graphic form
There were just two passes in the counter attack that led to Vardy's record-breaking goal

Vardy took Fuchs' pass in his stride and fired an unerring low finish past De Gea - and the tributes came instantly from the football world.

What a story - and what an example to any youngsters or non-league players fighting their way up the ladder. And the run may not be over yet.

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Rooney's struggles continue

England captain Rooney suffered another game of toil and struggle before he was substituted by Louis van Gaal after 67 minutes.

Wayne Rooney is subbed off for Manchester United
Rooney was withdrawn in the second half, just the second time Van Gaal has replaced him this season

Rooney, 30, has had his worth continually questioned this season - both for club and country - and he did nothing here to dismiss the claims that he has lost many of his former formidable powers.

He looked off the pace as United struggled to get any rhythm, although he was not alone there, and took a couple of hefty bangs before he was replaced by Memphis Depay.

Rooney was not lacking effort, it was the inspiration and spark that was missing and he did not look like rediscovering it.

Can Leicester keep mixing it at the top?

If Vardy is the man of the Premier League season, then Leicester City have been the team of the season - but can they keep it going?

It hardly takes huge expertise or insight to work out that so much depends on the form and fitness of Vardy - his pace, work-rate and goals give Claudio Ranieri's side an extra dimension.

Jamie Vardy is surrounded by Leicester team-mates Danny Simpson and Marc Albrighton in celebration
Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri insists his side's target remains to reach the 40-point mark

Players of Vardy's pace make even the best defences take a step back, instantly allowing others to profit from the space created by his threat.

Leicester have plenty of other things going for them though - especially the raw talent, pace and unpredictability of the outstanding Riyad Mahrez.

He has rivalled Vardy for the headlines this season and is a potent threat, currently fuelled by a combination of neat adrenalin and confidence.

Ranieri has ditched his "Tinkerman" style in favour of stability and here at the King Power Stadium you get football in the raw, with the Foxes backed by a noisy, fanatical support only too happy to ride the wave that has been this Premier League season.

Put that together and - while it is a stretch to suggest they will be serious title challengers - this season still holds huge potential for Leicester City.

'You have to win these games'

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri: "I'm very, very happy. We wanted to win today, but also we wanted to help Jamie achieve the record. Well done to my players for helping Jamie Vardy to score.

"The whole team are in very good physical condition and they have a good mentality. They want to do their best until the end, and if the opponent is better than us on the day then well done to the opponent.

Ranieri praises Leicester's mentality

"Our first priority remains 40 points - that is our goal, to keep us in the Premier League. As soon as we get there we can look to take another step."

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal: "I am very disappointed. It was a feeling that we could have won this game and we didn't. We gave the goal away and the other chances we had we gave away as well.

"We could have lost as well in spite of our dominance and I think we you want to be the champion at the end of the season, and the players, managers and supporters all want that, you have to win these kind of games.

"We created not so many chances but that was also because there were many chances in a very compact pitch."

Man of the match: Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)

Jamie Vardy celebrates
Vardy continued his remarkable goal-scoring run as he wrote himself into the history books

The stats you need to know

  • Vardy's 14 goals make him the highest scoring Leicester player in a single Premier League season, one above Tony Cottee who scored 13 in 1999-2000.
  • Manchester United (and David de Gea) conceded from open play in the Premier League for the first time in 545 minutes.
  • Bastian Schweinsteiger netted his first goal since May for Bayern Munich against Mainz - Leicester's Shinji Okazaki was playing for Mainz that day.
  • Christian Fuchs registered his first assist in the Premier League for Jamie Vardy's goal, becoming the seventh Austrian to provide an assist for a Premier League goal.
  • Two of Daley Blind's three Premier League assists have come against Leicester.

What's next for both sides?

Manchester United play at home to West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday, before travelling to Wolfsburg for a game they must win if they are to be certain of reaching the Champions League knockout stages.

Leicester play away to Swansea in the Premier League next Saturday, before playing Chelsea in a Monday night kick-off, nine days later.

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Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 17SimpsonSubstituted forde Laetat 80'minutes
  • 5Morgan
  • 6Huth
  • 28Fuchs
  • 26Mahrez
  • 14Kanté
  • 4Drinkwater
  • 11AlbrightonSubstituted forSchluppat 70'minutes
  • 20OkazakiSubstituted forUlloaat 60'minutes
  • 9Vardy


  • 2de Laet
  • 10King
  • 15Schlupp
  • 23Ulloa
  • 24Dyer
  • 32Schwarzer
  • 33Inler

Man Utd

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1de Gea
  • 33McNair
  • 12Smalling
  • 17Blind
  • 36Darmian
  • 16Carrick
  • 31Schweinsteiger
  • 18YoungBooked at 14mins
  • 8Mata
  • 9Martial
  • 10RooneySubstituted forDepayat 68'minutes


  • 7Depay
  • 20Romero
  • 27Fellaini
  • 28Schneiderlin
  • 39Rashford
  • 43Borthwick-Jackson
  • 44Pereira
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Match Stats

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    Match ends, Leicester City 1, Manchester United 1.

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    Second Half ends, Leicester City 1, Manchester United 1.

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    Attempt missed. Matteo Darmian (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

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    Attempt missed. Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by N'Golo Kanté.

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    Foul by Juan Mata (Manchester United).

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    Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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    Ashley Young (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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    Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City).

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    Attempt missed. Memphis Depay (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Matteo Darmian with a headed pass.

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    Foul by Memphis Depay (Manchester United).

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    Christian Fuchs (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Leicester City. Ritchie de Laet replaces Danny Simpson.

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    Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Robert Huth.

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    Attempt blocked. Juan Mata (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Memphis Depay with a cross.

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    Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Daniel Drinkwater.

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    Offside, Leicester City. Jeffrey Schlupp tries a through ball, but Jamie Vardy is caught offside.

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    Offside, Leicester City. Danny Simpson tries a through ball, but Riyad Mahrez is caught offside.

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    Attempt missed. Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

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    Foul by Memphis Depay (Manchester United).

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    Wes Morgan (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

1Man City1492330141629
3Man Utd1484220101028
6Crystal Palace147161914522
8West Ham136342420421
13West Brom135261217-517
20Aston Villa1412111227-155
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