Leicester City came from behind to defeat Manchester United 4-2 in a thrilling Premier League match on Saturday, ending the Red Devils’ long unbeaten away run.
Mason Greenwood opened the scoring with a stunning strike, extending United’s English league record of 29 games without a defeat on the road.
Leicester leveled through Youri Tielemans after a mistake by the returning Harry Maguire, and Caglar Soyuncu prodded home to put the hosts ahead with 12 minutes remaining.
In a tense finish, Marcus Rashford equalized on his first appearance of the season before Leicester retook the lead from the kick-off, Jamie Vardy blasting home from Ayoze Perez’s cut-back.
Patson Daka scored a fourth-quarter goal as United fell for the fourth time in seven games.
Greenwood’s first attempt of the match was a 25-yard placed effort that Kasper Schmeichel comfortably saved. He went for power from the same position in the 19th minute, blasting an unstoppable effort off the left post.
United came close to adding a second, with Maguire heading over the bar from a corner and Schmeichel denying Cristiano Ronaldo from inside the box. However, VAR would have likely intervened for offside had the Portugal star scored.
However, the teams were level at the halftime break, with United providing Leicester with an equalizer. Sloppy passing from a free-kick on the edge of their own box led to Maguire being robbed by Kelechi Iheanacho, who laid the ball off, to Tielemans, who curled a finish over David de Gea from the edge of the area.
After the restart, Leicester posed the more significant threat, though Greenwood failed to convert an excellent six-yard chance to restore United’s lead.
The Foxes continued to cause problems in winning the ball back high up the pitch, and Tielemans would have curled home a fine second goal but for De Gea’s fingertips.
After a scramble at a Leicester corner, Soyuncu poked the ball in. Still, Rashford’s timely return from a shoulder injury appeared to have saved United as he raced onto Victor Lindelof’s pass and slotted high past, Schmeichel.
However, Perez found space down the United right and released Vardy, who blasted a shot past De Gea, and Daka sealed Leicester’s third win of the season when he shoved the ball in after Wan-Bissaka conceded a free-kick that United could not clear.
What does it imply? United’s challenging run has gotten off to a bad start.
Given Leicester’s recent record in their four-game league losing streak, this was probably United’s greatest chance of a victory in a string of games that would see them face Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City, Chelsea, and Arsenal before the end of the month.
The style of the visitors’ setback brought back memories of their 5-3 loss hereunder Louis van Gaal in 2014-15, and there was nothing to suggest they will have more good outcomes than wrong in the coming weeks.
They are four points behind league leaders Liverpool, and their record undefeated away run – which had served as a cover for many of their flaws – has now been completely demolished.
Best wishes, Leicester
Tielemans was the pulse of Leicester’s play, with more touches (92) and completed passes (63) than anybody else on the pitch and three goal-scoring opportunities.
Even if he didn’t exactly mean his first-half finish, the brilliance of his performance deserved a bit of luck.
Maguire is overworked.
Back in the lineup after missing four United games and the international break due to a calf injury, Maguire looked out of practice against his former team.
With the jeers of the home supporters in his ears, his dithering enabled Leicester to equalize, and he never looked comfortable under pressure. He also squandered a fantastic chance with a header when United led 1-0.
What comes next?
On Wednesday, United hosts Atalanta in the Champions League while Leicester travels to Spartak Moscow.