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LIVE: Manchester United vs Leicester City

LIVE: Manchester United vs Leicester City
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LIVE: Manchester United vs Leicester City

Jose Mourinho will be content with the scoreline, although maybe not the performance of his team. They've been a bit too passive at times in their approach with Alexis Sanchez and Marcus Rashford rarely involved. Leicester have looked the brighter side, with Maddison along with Demarai Gray providing a threat. Jamie Vardy may be brought on in place of Kelechi Iheanacho, who has just lacked a clinical edge in the final third. Manchester United hold a 1-0 lead at the break against Leicester at Old Trafford. The Red Devils had a dream start to the contest when they were awarded a penalty in the second minute. Paul Pogba converted the spot-kick to open his account for the new season. However, the home side were not able to kick on and struggled to contain the Foxes at times. James Maddison came close to bringing the visitors back into the game, only to be denied by David de Gea. The game remains in the balance at half-time. 45' + 1' HALF-TIME: MANCHESTER UNITED 1-0 LEICESTER 45' There will be one minute of added time. 44' Leicester continue to struggle to find a blue shirt in the box from set-pieces as Maguire fouls Bailly in the air from Ricardo Pereira's delivery. 42' Mata releases the run of Shaw down the left inside channel. The left-back pulls the trigger on a left-footed strike, but Schmeichel makes a comfortable save. 41' OFFSIDE! Fred floats a ball over the top of the Leicester backline for Sanchez. He connects with a headed effort, but he sends his attempt over the bar. The flag was up for offside, although replays show that Sanchez was in line when Fred connected with his pass. 40' Andreas Pereira has had a quiet half, but he tees up Pogba for a strike on the edge of the box. The Frenchman goes for goal, only to fire a tame effort into the hands of Schmeichel. 38' Sanchez makes a surge to the edge of the box, only to lose his composure at the vital time with Ndidi getting back to make the interception. 37' Leicester waste a free-kick opportunity to float a delivery into the box as Chilwell's cross fails to beat the first defender. 36' Gray almost plays Iheanacho through into the box, but Lindelof does just enough to put the striker off his shoot. Frustratingly for the Foxes, the ball does not fall for the striker in the area. 35' Leicester's control of the game continues. United have barely been out of their own half since taking the lead. 33' Manchester United are unbeaten in their previous 122 Premier League games at Old Trafford when opening the scoring, with their last such defeat coming in March 2009 (1-4 v Liverpool). 32' BLOCK! Maddison drives his free-kick straight into the wall, and it allows United to clear the ball, although it only wins them a throw-in in their own half. 31' The Foxes keep the pressure on as Gray does brilliantly to cut out Mata's pass to Fred on the break. Maddison wins a free-kick from Pogba's challenge within striking distance of the net. 30' OVER! Maddison's corner is cleared as far as Ricardo Pereira on the edge of the box. He goes for the strike from distance, which takes a deflection and loops over De Gea's bar. 29' SAVE! Iheanacho works the ball into the feet of Maddison in the box. He takes one touch to control before firing at goal. De Gea is forced into action to make a fine save before Fred clears the ball behind for a corner. 28' Leicester use the England tactic from the World Cup deploying four men in a line on the penalty spot. It does not have the same succes as United clear Maddison's corner. 27' Chilwell goes on a marauding run down the left flank, combining with Maddison. He wins a corner for the visitors, firing his delivery off the legs of Darmian. 26' Ricardo Pereira drives down the right wing and puts a good cross into the middle for Iheanacho. Bailly does well to read the danger, although he goes with a high boot. He's fortunate that there was no blue shirt attacking the ball. 25' Ndidi tries to weave his way through traffic on the edge of the United box, but he scuffs his effort which allows De Gea to gather the loose ball. 23' Pogba drops his shoulder to shoot from the edge of the box, only to be robbed at the last second by Iheanacho. He tries to win the ball back from the striker, only to lose out to the Leicester man. 22' Ndidi does not agree with the referee's decision as he bustles Fred off the ball in the centre circle, with the official awarding a free-kick to the home side. 21' Pogba's penalty was the quickest scored in a Premier League game since February 2015, when Sergio Aguero scored against Newcastle (1:12). 19' United have the lead, but are looking susceptible to the pressure of the visitors. They've not managed to get a hold of possession, which will concern Mourinho. 17' The Foxes are growing in confidence in the game and are starting to put pressure on the home side, especially down the left flank. 16' OFFSIDE! Chilwell makes a driving run down the left before Gray takes over. He hooks a pass into the feet of Iheanacho in the box, who turns Bailly and fires at goal. His effort travels inches past the post, although the offside flag was up anyway. The United players were not aware of the flag. 15' SAVE! Gray gets the better of Darmian down the left and fires a low ball towards the near post. Bailly clears ahead of Maddison, but his clearance is collected by Ndidi. He goes for the drive at goal, only to see his effort comfortably saved by De Gea. 13' Morgan allows a cross to bounce in the Leicester box, although Sanchez is unable to bring the ball under control before the Foxes hook clear. 12' Maddison drops into space and looks for the offload into the run of Gray through the middle. However, his pass just has too much pace and De Gea watches it out for a goal-kick. 11' Gray lifts the ball into the box with pace towards the back post, but Pogba has the free role to attack the cross and clear the danger. 10' Gray is brought down on the left flank and the Foxes have another free-kick to threaten from, with a quality delivery needed. 9' Sanchez breaks into space in the final third, but he's sloppy with his offload, allowing the Foxes to clear the danger inside their own half. 7' Chilwell lifts the ball into the box, but Pogba is there to rise and clear with authority in the middle. The Frenchman has had a great start to the contest. 6' Maddison goes on the charge down the left flank and draws a foul from Fred. Chilwell will take the set-piece for the Foxes. 4' Mourinho would have given a lot for an early goal and Amartey's error has settled the nerves inside Old Trafford. P. Pogba Penalty Goal 3' GOALLLLLLLLL!!! POGBA PUTS UNITED AHEAD!!!! 1-0!!! Pogba stutters on his run-up, taking an age to arrive at the ball. Once he does strike it, the Frenchman powers his effort into the top corner, beyond the reach of Schmeichel. The perfect start for Pogba and United. 2' PENALTY TO MANCHESTER UNITED! The ball strikes Amartey on the top of the arm from a deflection off Morgan and the referee points to the spot. A dream start for the home side. Pogba will take the penalty. 1' Pogba sends a beautiful cross-field pass into the feet of Darmian on the right flank, but the Italian loses out to Chilwell. 1' The 2018-19 Premier League season is underway. At Old Trafford, Leicester City have lost on seven of their last eight visits in the league (D1), scoring a total of just three goals in that period. Puel puts Maguire in the middle of the defence, although he has had little time to prepare after being given extended time away after the World Cup. Vardy is left on the bench as Iheanacho leads the line, supported by new signings Maddison and Ricardo Pereira along with Gray.  Mourinho hands a Premier League debut to Fred in the middle of the park alongside Andreas Pereira and Pogba, who starts despite being just four weeks removed from the World Cup final and having had no time in pre-season on the field. Rashford also starts to lead the line after playing deep into the competition with England. Lukaku starts on the bench with Fellaini and Young, completing the World Cup returnees. Leicester City subs: Jonny Evans, Jamie Vardy, Marc Albrighton, Danny Ward, Vicente Iborra, Christian Fuchs, Rachid Ghezzal. LEICESTER CITY (4-2-3-1): Kasper Schmeichel; Daniel Amartey, Wes Morgan, Harry Maguire, Ben Chilwell; Wilfried Ndidi, Adrien Silva; Ricardo Pereira, James Maddison, Demarai Gray; Kelechi Iheanacho. Manchester United subs: Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial, Chris Smalling, Lee Grant, Ashley Young, Marouane Fellaini, Scott McTominay. MANCHESTER UNITED (4-3-3): David de Gea; Matteo Darmian, Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw; Fred, Andreas Pereira, Paul Pogba; Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford, Alexis Sanchez. Let's take a look at the two teams for tonight, starting with the home side. Manchester United are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games against Leicester City, winning four and drawing three, and have lost just one of the last 18 (won 13, drawn four). For all of Mourinho's complaints, he was still able to sign a fine player in the form of Fred to strengthen the middle of the park. The Brazilian was a standout player for Shakhtar Donetsk in their Champions League campaign last season, he should add an extra touch of quality in and around the ball along with set-pieces. James Maddison has arrived to replace Mahrez in the attacking role behind Jamie Vardy, while Ricardo Pereira was also among the new signings in the summer. Jonny Evans was an astute purchase for just £3.5m from West Brom, while Caglar Soyuncu and Filip Benkovic signed on transfer deadline day. One of United's high-profile transfer targets from the summer lines up against them this evening. Harry Maguire caught the eye with his impressive performances for England at the World Cup. The Foxes were able to retain the services of the defender, although Leicester were dealt a blow with the departure of Riyad Mahrez.  Jose Mourinho has been critical of United's lack of investment over the summer. He spoke of his frustration during the club's tour of the United States. Defeats to Liverpool and Bayern Munich highlighted the issue, although they were able to defeat Real Madrid. The pressure is on the Red Devils to make a fast start to the campaign. The Premier League returns after a busy summer of World Cup football, which left clubs scrambling at the last minute to get transfers over the line yesterday. Some were more successful than others, with United being one of the teams that were frustrated by their relative inactivity. It will be interesting to see how it affects their start to the campaign. Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League clash between Manchester United and Leicester City at Old Trafford. Let's block ads! (Why?)

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