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Leicester City 0-1 Manchester United: Rashford scores winner for unbeaten Solskjaer

Marcus Rashford
Rashford's appearance against Leicester was his 100th in the Premier League and he scored his 26th goal in the competition

Manchester United extended their unbeaten run under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to 10 games with a narrow victory against Leicester at the King Power Stadium.

Marcus Rashford continued his goalscoring form with the winner in the ninth minute - his 10th goal of the season.

Ricardo Pereira's poor clearance was straight into the path of Paul Pogba, who lofted the ball towards Rashford, the England striker allowing it to come over his shoulder before taking a neat touch and drilling a low shot past Kasper Schmeichel.

Inconsistency has been the story of Leicester's season and this defeat came on the back of a well-earned point at Liverpool on Wednesday, but they did have their chances.

Jamie Vardy connected with a bicycle kick after James Maddison's free-kick bounced off the wall, but fired straight at David de Gea.

De Gea also made a diving one-handed save to prevent Rachid Ghezzal's free-kick from hitting the top corner of his goal.

United dropped their first points under Solskjaer in a 2-2 draw with Burnley on Tuesday, but boosted their hopes of a top-four spot and Champions League football next season with Sunday's win.

They move up to fifth, two points behind Chelsea in fourth. Leicester, meanwhile, stay in 11th.

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Man Utd players gave their all - Solskjaer

Sanchez struggles for United

This was a case of United getting the job done, without ever really moving up through the gears.

Against Burnley, Solskjaer's starting XI had struggled in attack and he swung the axe for the trip to Leicester with Romelu Lukaku dropped to the bench as one of four changes.

Alexis Sanchez, Jesse Lingard, Ander Herrera and Eric Bailly returned to the team and United started on the front foot.

Rashford missed a close-range header in the fourth minute, before making amends with his goal.

Sanchez started on the left side of the attack and barely contributed in his 67 minutes on the pitch, cutting an isolated figure and failing to register a shot.

But Solskjaer defended the Chilean, saying: "He worked really well defensively. He is improving all the time."

Although dominant for large parts of the game, United only mustered six attempts on target.

Four of those came in the first half, while it took until the 87th minute for their first shot on target in the second half, an easy save by Schmeichel from Lukaku, on as a late substitute.

And there were nervous moments at the end of the match as Leicester pushed for an equaliser.

But another clean sheet and their ninth win in 10 games under Solskjaer continued their momentum under the Norwegian, with a tricky run of fixtures coming up including Paris St-Germain in the Champions League, Chelsea in the FA Cup and Liverpool in the Premier League.

"Our attitude was spot on," Solskjaer told Sky Sports. "There are a couple of bruised noses and knees.

"It is supposed to be like this. There are three points on the line. Our lads sacrificed everything they had. They know they can do better than this but a clean sheet is always a foundation to build on."

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Leicester concede too many early goals - Puel

Foxes fail to recover from early blow

The Foxes have performed well against top-six sides, with a draw at Anfield and wins against Chelsea and Manchester City.

But they failed to build on that momentum and continued their dreadful home record, losing their third consecutive game at the King Power.

The home fans will also have been disappointed to see midfielder Youri Tielemans, who joined on loan from Monaco on deadline day, left out of the match-day squad.

Leicester paid the price for a slow start, but responded well after conceding early, finishing the first half the stronger and continuing to threaten after the break.

James Maddison was their most dangerous attacking player, but he was replaced by Ghezzal after just the hour mark - an unpopular move with the home fans by manager Claude Puel.

The Frenchman defended his decision, saying: "We have to find a solution. We have players on the bench who have quality."

A flurry of chances fell the home team's way in the dying minutes, with Vardy missing with a weak shot and Harry Maguire shooting wide in the 94th minute.

The pressure will remain on Puel, who is now without a win since 1 January, a run of six games.

"We started the game with a poor performance and without intensity," he added. "It was a shame. In the second half we showed a lot of things with more desire and quality in our play.

"We put them under pressure at the end of the game but it was not enough."

Man of the match - Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba
It needed a moment of magic to open up Leicester's defence for Rashford's opener. The Frenchman's assist was his eighth in the league this season and his fifth under Solskjaer

Solskjaer leads the league - the best stats

  • United have won five consecutive away games in all competitions for the first time since October 2012.
  • Leicester have lost more Premier League games against United (17) than they have against any other side.
  • Since Solskjaer's first game in charge of United on 22 December, Pogba has had a hand in more Premier League goals than any other player (11 - six goals, five assists).
  • Leicester have lost four of their last five games in all competitions, as many as they had lost in their previous 15 matches combined.
  • Rashford has scored more goals in all competitions since his debut (42) than any other United player.
  • United have won four more points than any other Premier League team since Solskjaer's first match in charge (won seven, drawn one - 22 points).
  • Only Ryan Giggs (21 years and 74 days) has reached 100 Premier League appearances for United at a younger age than Rashford (21 years and 95 days).

What's next?

United travel to Fulham on Saturday (12:30 GMT), while Leicester face Tottenham at Wembley on Sunday (13:30).

Line-ups

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 14Ricardo Pereira
  • 6Evans
  • 15Maguire
  • 3Chilwell
  • 24MendyBooked at 45minsSubstituted forIheanachoat 84'minutes
  • 25NdidiBooked at 90mins
  • 7GraySubstituted forOkazakiat 74'minutes
  • 10MaddisonSubstituted forGhezzalat 62'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 19Barnes
  • 9VardyBooked at 32mins

Substitutes

  • 5Morgan
  • 8Iheanacho
  • 12Ward
  • 20Okazaki
  • 28Fuchs
  • 31Ghezzal
  • 38Choudhury

Man Utd

  • 1De Gea
  • 18Young
  • 3Bailly
  • 2Lindelöf
  • 23ShawBooked at 80mins
  • 21Herrera
  • 31MaticBooked at 42mins
  • 14LingardBooked at 20minsSubstituted forJonesat 90'minutes
  • 6Pogba
  • 10RashfordSubstituted forLukakuat 78'minutes
  • 7SánchezSubstituted forMartialat 67'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 4Jones
  • 8Mata
  • 9Lukaku
  • 11Martial
  • 17Fred
  • 20Dalot
  • 22Romero
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
32,148

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamMan Utd
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home17
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home14
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Leicester City 0, Manchester United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leicester City 0, Manchester United 1.

Attempt missed. Harry Maguire (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Booking

Anthony Martial (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Anthony Martial (Manchester United).

Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card.

Paul Pogba (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City).

Attempt saved. Anthony Martial (Manchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ashley Young.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Phil Jones replaces Jesse Lingard.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Luke Shaw.

Attempt saved. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Harvey Barnes.

Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Paul Pogba.

Anthony Martial (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonny Evans (Leicester City).

Hand ball by Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City).

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Kelechi Iheanacho replaces Nampalys Mendy.

Nemanja Matic (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Shinji Okazaki (Leicester City).

Hand ball by Harvey Barnes (Leicester City).

Booking

Rachid Ghezzal (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Anthony Martial (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rachid Ghezzal (Leicester City).

Booking

Luke Shaw (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Luke Shaw (Manchester United).

Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Romelu Lukaku replaces Marcus Rashford.

Anthony Martial (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City).

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by David De Gea.

Attempt saved. Rachid Ghezzal (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Foul by Luke Shaw (Manchester United).

Rachid Ghezzal (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Anthony Martial (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Shinji Okazaki replaces Demarai Gray.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Ricardo Pereira.

Attempt missed. Harvey Barnes (Leicester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jamie Vardy.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Anthony Martial replaces Alexis Sánchez.

Attempt missed. Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Demarai Gray.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool24194155144161
2Man City25192466204659
3Tottenham25190651242757
4Chelsea25155545232250
5Man Utd25146549351448
6Arsenal25145651361547
7Wolves2511593332138
8Watford259793334-134
9Everton2596103636033
10Bournemouth25103123744-733
11Leicester2595113031-132
12West Ham2494113037-731
13Brighton2576122736-927
14Crystal Palace2575132633-726
15Newcastle2566132133-1224
16Southampton2559112742-1524
17Burnley2566132646-2024
18Cardiff2564152246-2422
19Fulham2545162555-3017
20Huddersfield2525181346-3311
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