Ben Fisher’s match report It’s here, so I’ll sign for it. Thanks for your company and email – good night!
“As a Manchester United fan,” “Honestly, I’m happy with the ability to be tedious,” says Liz White.
90 minutes wasn’t pretty, but we got three victories. We want to do better, but this is a good start. It’s similar to Southampton – we have to end the game early or it’s going to be very nervous at the end. Games continue – Thursday/Sunday until after the World Cup.
It was a great team goal and I’m glad we got the three points. I am getting more comfortable. Nice to get to know this team in preseason – I missed it last year – we did something.
It was an unforgettable game, tackled by Jadon Sancho’s classic goal. It’s too early to say United are back, but Eric Ten Haag will be happy with back-to-back clean sheets on the road. The last time this happened to the league was in March 2021. Casemiro was outstanding when he came on, and the new centre-back duo of Lisandro Martinez and Rafael Varane was again impressive.
Leicester City played well enough in midfield but lacked confidence in the attacking third. They need to win as soon as possible.
Take a peek! Manchester United moved up to fifth place after winning a third consecutive time.
90+3 mins: A great opportunity for Leicester City! A long ball was deftly passed to Justin by Dhaka, in the space to his right. He had touch but then shot high from the edge of the box. That was Leicester City’s best chance of the game.
90+2 minutes Maddison fired a left-footed shot from 20 yards after a nice move from Leicester. He created the space well, away from Casemiro, but then his shot went over his head.
90 minutes Four extra minutes.
89 minutes United have had far more control over the game since Casemiro took over. Fernandez made a cross from the right, crossed Ishinacho, and flew off the crossbar.
87 minutes: Manchester United substitution Fred for Marcus Rashford.
87 minutes: Leicester City substitution Patson Daka replaces Jamie Vardy.
87 minutes Vardy was booked, possibly harsh, for his tackle against Malaysia.
86 minutes It was a better spell for United, who spent most of their final minutes in the Leicester half.
84 minutes Fernandes slid the ball from the inside right towards Ronaldo, who made a low cross/shoot away from Eriksen in the middle. Ronaldo looked sharp tonight.
83 minutes Dewsbury-Hall’s shot is blocked by Martinez. Manchester United scored and Dalot launched a cross to Ronaldo outside the far post. He launches a scissor kick that goes into the ground, then bounces over Ward and is a few yards wide.
82 minutes Fernandes Nutmeg gave Thomas the ball and Rashford passed the ball from the left. He played in Ronaldo, who tried to open Eriksen with a low first cross. It was cut off nicely by a sliding defender, I think Ndidi. United won the ball back and Rashford left-footed wide from 15 yards.
81 minutes Nothing happened. It’s an oddly bloodless game.
78 minutes Thomas did a good job stopping Dalot’s low pass/cross to find Eriksen in the area.
76 minutes Casemiro played well and brought a bit of calm and authority to the United midfield. He catches the ball a lot. Meanwhile, Leicester City have brought in Keleich Iheanacho for Yuri Tielemans. This should mean switching to 4-4-2.
73 minutes A dangerous through ball from Fernandez to Dalot was cut well by Evans. A statistic by BT Sport shows that Leicester City have made just seven touches in the United Zone on the night.
71 minutes Barnes ran past Dalot in the box and attempted to get into the six-yard box. Dalot slid into the block and the ball bounced off Barnes for a goal. Varane and Martinez came straight to congratulate Dalot, which was either a sign of improved teamwork or a slightly off-balanced reaction to winning the goal.
70 minutes This is a very forgettable game.
68 minutes: Manchester United substitution Cristiano Ronaldo replaced Jadon Sancho, who scored a decent goal but was otherwise quiet. Marcus Rashford will move to the left flank.
67 minutes Madison’s free kick hits the wall.
65 minutes McTominay put his hand on Maddison on the edge of D, a dangerous free-kick concession. This is an opportunity for Leicester.
64 minutes Barnes deftly turned Dalot and passed the ball to Vardy, who missed a return pass. United were asking for trouble for their passive second-half performance.
62 minutes Leicester continued to dominate possession, although Casemiro had made two or three decent interceptions.
59th minute: Manchester United substitution Casemiro replaces Anthony Elanga. That means Eriksen will move to No. 10 and Fernandes to the right.
58 minutes Vardy reversed a good return pass to Maddison, who couldn’t take it easy on the edge of the box. Martinez makes a clearance.
57 minutes Casemiro is getting ready to play.