Manchester United’s hopes of a top-four finish were dealt a blow as they produced one of the close football scores of the weekend in the Premier League. It could have been worse with Leicester and James Maddison denied a late winner after a VAR review. Kelechi Iheanacho opened the scoring in the 63rd minute before Fred equalized three minutes later. Cristiano Ronaldo was missing for the hosts after being ruled out with illness.
Man Utd: de Gea (7), Dalot (6), Varane (6), Maguire (7), Shaw (5), Fred (7), McTominay (5), Elanga (6), Pogba (5), Sancho (6), Bruno Fernandes (6).
Subs: Rashford (7), Alex Telles (6), Matic (6).
Leicester: Schmeichel (7), Justin (7), Evans (6), Fofana (7), Castagne (6), Tielemans (7), Mendy (6), Maddison (8), Dewsbury-Hall (7), Barnes (7), Iheanacho (7).
Subs: Amartey (6), Choudhury (n/a), Daka (n/a).
Man of the match: James Maddison.
Man Utd interim manager Ralf Rangnick: “The second half was the better one, we were struggling to find the rhythm in the first half possibly because of the international break. We gave away a goal in a transitional moment but the reaction after was good and scored a goal. In the end, we are not happy with the result but the second half was OK. The only one we had was Marcus Rashford. We knew this morning Cristiano could not play and decided to start Paul Pogba. After 60 minutes we made the change and had a central striker on the pitch.”
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers: “I thought we were very good in large spells of the game. We started well and could have been precise without passing but in the main the positioning and movement were good. In the second half we scored a couple of great goals, their keeper makes a great save, and we are bitterly disappointed not to get the goal. Jonny Evans’ calf tightened up after the international game but I was very happy with the team and back to where we have been the last few years.”
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