Marcus Rashford comes off the bench to fire Manchester United to victory over Leicester

 

Supersubs strike late on for Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils as his side make it three Premier league wins on the spin despite Romelu Lukaku missing a penalty

Rashford will have been disappointed to have been left out the starting line up as Anthony Martial was promoted.

Marcus Rashford came off the bench to fire Manchester United to victory over Leicester

Marcus Rashford came off the bench to fire Manchester United to victory over Leicester

Fellow sub Marouane Fellaini added a second shortly after

Fellow sub Marouane Fellaini added a second shortly after

His response was perfect as just three minutes after coming on for Juan Mata he met Herikh Mkhiatryan’s corner on the full for the 70th minute opener

It was another sub Marouane Fellaini who added the second in the 82nd minute as he deflected in Jessie Lingard’s goalbound shot.

It was instinctive reactions from Rashford for his goal as both Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba had stopped to head the ball but missed before the young attack stuck out a foot and sent the ball goalwards.

Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel got a hand to it but the shot had so much power he could only palm it into the roof of the net.

Schemiechel was in despair as he had done so much to keep the visitors in the match not least when he saved Lukau’s 52nd minute penalty.

That was awarded when former United player Danny Simpson handled Martial’s cross.

Wes Morgan celebrates with Kasper Schmeichel after the Dane's penalty stop

Wes Morgan celebrates with Kasper Schmeichel after the Dane’s penalty stop

Juan Mata shows his frustration after missing a chance against Leicester

Juan Mata shows his frustration after missing a chance against Leicester

Lukaku side footed the spot kick to Schmeichel’s right but he had gone the right way and the ball was at the perfect height for him to save.

United had done everything they could to break the deadlock in the first half but Schemeichel and the Leicester defence stood firm.

The home side did have the ball in the back of the net on 18 minutes but Juan Mata was ruled offside when he followed up Romelu Lukaku’s parried shot.

Rashford had only been on the pitch for two minutes before he broke the deadlock

Rashford had only been on the pitch for two minutes before he broke the deadlock

The strike was Rashfords first of the season

The strike was Rashford’s first of the season

The late goals spared Romelu Lukakus blushes

The late goals spared Romelu Lukaku’s blushes

It was a very tight decision but the assistant referee must have seen part of Mata’s body ahead of the last defender.

Paul Pogba was having efforts from all sorts of distances and angles.

When Martial crossed to the far post, Pogba slid in and sent an effort back across goal and just wide.

The Frenchman was coming forward from deep to receive cut backs at the top of the box before letting fly but his efforts were just off target.

Schmeichel saved Romelu Lukaku's penalty on 52 minutes

Schmeichel saved Romelu Lukaku’s penalty on 52 minutes

Schmeichel has now saved three of the last five penalties he has faced

Schmeichel has now saved three of the last five penalties he has faced

It looked like it was going to be a frustrating afternoon until Rashford pounced

It looked like it was going to be a frustrating afternoon until Rashford pounced

Juan Mata also had an effort from an angle 20 yards out but his shot was brilliantly saved by Schmeichel.

But the Leicester goalkeeper’s brave resistance would finally be broken.

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When Martial crossed to the far post, Pogba slid in and sent an effort back across goal and just wide.

The Frenchman was coming forward from deep to receive cut backs at the top of the box before letting fly but his efforts were just off target.

Juan Mata also had an effort from an angle 20 yards out but his shot was brilliantly saved by Schmeichel.

But the Leicester goalkeeper’s brave resistance would finally be broken.

INTERACTIVE STATS – CLICK on the categories to find out how the teams fared 

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Olympic legend Usain Bolt was among the spectators at Old Trafford

Olympic legend Usain Bolt was among the spectators at Old Trafford

Kasper Schmeichel has now saved more penalties than his dad at Old Trafford

Kasper Schmeichel has now saved more penalties than his dad at Old Trafford

Henrikh Mkhitaryan continued his great runs of assists

Henrikh Mkhitaryan continued his great runs of assists

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho told BT Sport: “I think we played very well. The result was open at 0-0. The blue wall was very well organised and I always give credit for that. They defended very well.

“After the goal I have to say we were very good. If i have to choose a word to describe my team, i would have to say “solid”.

“The players are good and motivated. They are on the bench waiting for a chance.”

Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare tells BT Sport: “I think we frustrated them for large parts of the game. When you come to Old Trafford in the form they are in, they will have big moments. We had our moments too but could not see the game through.

“Set pieces are our Achilles heel at the moment. We need to organsie and set better.”

Manchester United: De Gea 7, Valencia 7, Bailly 7, Jones 7, Blind 7, Pogba 7, Matic 7, Mata 6 (Rashford 67, 7), Mkhitaryan 7 (Fellaini 74, 7), Martial 7 (Lingard 76, 6), Lukaku 7

Subs: Smalling, Romero, Herrera, Darmian

Leicester City: Schmeichel 8, Simpson 6, Morgan 7, Maguire 7, Fuchs 6, Mahrez 6, James 6, Ndidi 6, Albrighton 6, (Gray 60, 6), Okazaki 6 (King 60, 6), Vardy 6 (Slimani 76, 6)

Subs: Chilwell, Iheanacho, Hamer, Amartey

DREAM TEAM STAR MAN: Kasper Schmeichel

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Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/4329202/manchester-united-2-leicester-city-0-premier-league-match-report/

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