against Manchester United. The FA Cup quarter-finals.
Sunday, March 21, 2021, 5:00 p.m.
The King Power Stadium.
Report that Kelechi Iheanacho has scored seven goals in his last four games in a fatal double to knock Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side out of the FA Cup. Man Utd’s only hope for silverware this season is the Europa League.
Leicester City are just two wins away from their first FA Cup win after beating Manchester United 3-1 in a Wembley semi-final Reach Southampton.
Despite missing James Maddison, James Justin, Harvey Barnes and Ricardo Pereira due to injury, Leicester remained a force to be reckoned with, taking the lead in the quarter-finals at King Power Stadium through Kelechi Iheanacho as the striker took advantage of a terrible pass from Fred.
United scored against Mason Greenwood, but the Foxes remained the lighter team and regained the lead with a nice goal from Youri Tielemans.
Leicester: Schmeichel (7), Fofana (7), Evans (7), Soyuncu (8), Ndidi (9), Albrighton (7), Tielemans (8), Castagne (7), Perez (7), Iheanacho (8)), Vardy (7) Subs : Praet (7), Choudhury (N / A)
Man Utd: Henderson (6), Lindelof (5), Maguire (6), Wan-Bissaka (6), Telles (5), Matic (5), Fred (4), Van de Beek (5), Pogba (6 )), Martial (5), Greenwood (7) Subs: Fernandes (6), Shaw (7), McTominay (6), Cavani (6)
Man of the Match: Wilfred Ndidi
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had decided to rest a handful of his United regulars but sent Bruno Fernandes, Luke Shaw, Edinson Cavani and Scott McTominay 25 minutes from time. However, it failed to delight the guests when Iheanacho ended the game with a header after 10 minutes and scored his seventh goal in his last four games.
Leicester’s win marks the club’s first FA Cup semi-final since 1982 , while United’s only hope for silver this season is now in the form of the Europa League.
United’s lackluster game was summed up by Fred’s inability to find teammates with most of his passes. He lost the ball that allowed Iheanacho and Ayoze Perez to break, and ended up with Jamie Vardy testing Dean Henderson with a low drive.
Vardy wasted a nice opening shortly after his shot from Harry Maguire with Iheanacho free was blocked, but Leicester were sharper than United all over the field.
United tried to work their way out from behind, and when Maguire got Fred into trouble, Henderson midfielder sold miserably.
It allowed Iheanacho to get in Jumping into the empty goal for his twelfth goal in 18 FA Cup games.
The goal seemed to wake United and they equalized seven minutes before half-time.
Paul Pogba was seated on the left and his cross was off Donny Van de Beek dummied so Greenwood could enter from eight meters away.
Perez was on the verge of restoring Leicester’s lead before the break just for walking 18 meters.
After the break it was a tough one An improved performance expected from Solskjaer’s team despite the boss resisting the urge to make changes.
Perhaps that was a decision he regretted six minutes after the break when Tielemans restored Leicester’s lead.
The midfielder exchanged passes with Iheanacho for Matic to go to goal and the United defense split so the Belgium international could find the bottom corner in an elegant manner from 18 yards.
Iheanacho was involved when he met the striker who passed a static Maguire but went way past the near post with only Henderson to beat.
Leicester faced a major threat during the break and Iheanacho sealed Leicester’s progress by 12 minutes and headed Marc’s free kick Albrighton home.
Leicester midfield is everything a Manchester United midfield should be, masterfully led by Ndidi. His partnership with Tielemans has the perfect balance between steel and quality. They ran Fred and Matic in the heart of the field as Ndidi tackled anything that moved.
A special mention also to Iheanacho. He’s got the shot lately and his partnership with Vardy continues to impress.
Manchester United returns from the international break on Sunday 4th April (7.30am) with a game against Brighton at Old Trafford while Leicester am on Saturday 3rd April (5.30pm) live on Sky Sports.
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