Manchester United led twice, but could not win an away game in the league for the first time this season with an Axel Tuanzebe Five minutes from time, Leicester earned a deserved share of the points and the right to the table staying over United.
Marcus Rashford had United on 11th. Consecutive away win, but Harvey Barnes quickly equalized for the hosts in an entertaining, if somewhat unkempt, game. Bruno Fernandes gave the visitors a 2-1 lead, but United again failed to protect their lead for long. Vardy’s shot deflected Axel Tuanzebe to give Leicester a point.
United started with the confidence one can expect from a team used to winning on their travels, pressuring their hosts to cough the ball deep into their own territory in less than 80 seconds. Fernandes then curled up from the left into a flank that seemed to Rashford an irresistible invitation to goal. Except that on Leicester, Rashford was deliberately merciful and nodded across the bar from six meters away. His reaction indicated that he could hardly believe it himself.
Leicester’s reaction, meanwhile, was to race down the other end. When James sent Justin a cross on the right, Vardy stuck it over the bar from 12 meters away. It was a far tougher chance than the one Rashford botched, but it set the pattern for a first half with each side looking both threatening and vulnerable.
David De Gea seemed like a goalkeeper weakened by doubt. He was fortunate to escape with impunity in the eighth minute after dropping the ball in his own box. Eric Bally rushed to United’s rescue. Bailly was used in central defense when Victor Lindelöf switched to right-back to replace injured Aaron Wan-Bissaka. With Scott McTominay and Fred stationed ahead of the last four, United left James Maddison little room to pull strings for Leicester without defending as much as visitors like West Ham and Everton did when they counterattacked victories in the King Power scored the season.
While United wanted more possession and territory than these teams, at least in the first half, they weren’t particularly creative. Dan James failed to shine before being withdrawn early in the second half – nonetheless, he played an important role in United’s leadership in the 23rd. Minute, as it was his inaccurate pass that forced Fernandes to stretch for the ball outside the Leicester penalty area. The Portuguese’s desperate touch hit the central defense incorrectly and turned into a perfect pass for Rashford, who atone for his earlier miss by sweeping a crisp side foot into the bottom corner from 10 yards.
United couldn’t hold their lead for long. After Wilf Ndidi Fernandes in the 31. Minute had stolen the ball, Maddison helped Barnes, who hit the ball from the edge of the field into the net. De Gea in his prime probably would have blown the shot off, but on that occasion there was no sign of world-class reflexes from him.
However, more evidence soon emerged of the strange fragility Leicester has suffered this season when Fernandes ended up taking a Luke Shaw free kick from the left. But the midfielder went over the bar.
Fernandes might have scored a goal in the counterattack early in the second half, but James couldn’t get it after the Portuguese created an opening with a nifty dummy. The Welshman’s pass gave Wesley Fofana a critical interception.
Fred gave Rashford the ideal opportunity to score every hour on the hour after another break, but Kasper Schmeichel did well to displace the striker’s powerful drive from 15 yards. 15 minutes before the end, Solskjaer made decisive use of his bench and replaced Anthony Martial with Edinson Cavani. The Uruguayan soon showed his cleverness, dropping low to accept a pass from Bally before turning and poking the ball through to Fernandes, who stormed into the space vacated by the striker and made an emphatic finish from 12 yards.
Rodgers responded with his first change of game, and that quickly paid off when newcomer Ayoze Pérez swapped passes with Justin before crossing from right to Vardy, whose first shot scored Tuanzebe, another substitute from United, on the way to the network.
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