Published On: Sat, Aug 26th, 2017

Manchester United 0-0 Leicester: LIVE updates and highlights from Old Trafford


Manchester United v Leicester: Express Sport brings you LIVE updates, highlights and analysis from Old Trafford

HT: Analysis from our reporter Richard Tanner, at Old Trafford.

Leicester will be delighted to have reached the break level. 

United are finding Craig Shakespeare’s men are made of sterner stuff than West Ham or Swansea. The Foxes are getting stuck in and giving as good as they get. 

Jones and Vardy will not win any beauty contests but they are knocking seven bells out of each other and there’s a similar battle at the other end with Maguire celebrating his England call-up by keeping a tight leash on Lukaku.

No goals but an absorbing battle.

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Manchester United v Leicester: Express Sport brings you LIVE updates, highlights and analysis from O

TWITTER ROUND-UP

Shaun: This game has last season written all over it… dire refereeing, 80% possession, could just as easily be 5-0, but nope…

Corbin: Great half! Totally dominating the game. Love the confidence the players have with tricks passes and shots galore!

Samara: For all the running Valencia does, he sure as hell can’t loop in a cross! Same with Blind. Lukaku deserves better delivery.

HT: MANCHESTER UNITED 0-0 LEICESTER

That was a pretty incident-free end to the first-half at Old Trafford. Jose Mourinho’s side are in complete control, but haven’t been able to breach Kasper Schmeichel and Leicester’s resilient defence.

43: The Foxes are doing a good job of slowing things down here. There’s quite a few naughty tackles going in and that’s affecting United’s rhythm.

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Manchester United v Leicester: Express Sport brings you LIVE coverage from Old Trafford

40: Danger! United have a free-kick just outside the area after Maguire brought down Lukaku. Pogba, Blind and Mkhitaryan are standing over it.

Pogba pulls rank but blasts it straight into the wall.

38: Paul Pogba pulls the trigger on his 387th shot of the afternoon. He strikes it cleanly but it goes narrowly wide of the post.

37: Analysis from our reporter Richard Tanner, at Old Trafford.

All United in the first 38 minutes – only surprise is that they are not ahead. 

Mata was unlucky to have one chalked off. He followed up to score when Schmeichel fumbled Lukaku’s shot but was flagged offside. Replays showed he was level with Morgan. 

Schmeichel made amends for that mistake with a flying save to keep Mata’s shot out of the top corner.

Pogba looking in the mood to make it three goals in three games. He’s twice gone close, sliding a close range effort across the face of the goal and he’s sent a long range effort a yard wide. But he has just embarrassed himself by miscuing a third effort well off target.

Don’t be surprised if he maintains his scoring streak though – he’s playing with so much more freedom with Matic in the anchor role.

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Manchester United v Leicester: Express Sport brings you LIVE coverage from Old Trafford

35: Mkhitaryan is having a fantastic game. He’s not been seen in the Leicester penalty area, but he’s pulling all the strings behind. Speak of the red devil, he wins a corner. Blind whips it in but Maguire clears.

32: Daley Blind starts arguing with the linesman about a decision, but quickly realises it was in his favour. He promptly turns around looking embarrassed. Martial has a pop from distance but it was straight down Schmeichel’s throat.

30: Worst shot of the day award is likely to be won by Paul Pogba. He doesn’t connect well and it flies about 20-yards wide. I’m averaging about 15 of those every week 5-a-side.

27: Owen Hargreaves, and myself, have been put in our place after BT Sports’ resident referee proves Juan Mata was offside for this tap-in. Nothing to see here folks.

25: How the hell haven’t we had a goal yet?! Paul Pogba lines one up from 25-yards but Schmeichel scurries over to tip it away. This guy reminds me of another famous Danish goalkeeper at Old Trafford. Can’t remember the name though…

24: Juan Mata dances his way into the area before forcing an incredible save from Schmeichel, who tipped it over for a corner.

Leicester have their first chance of the match in typical Foxes fashion. There’s a long ball forward to Okazaki, but DDG comfortably saves.

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Manchester United v Leicester: Express Sport brings you LIVE coverage from Old Trafford

21: OFFSIDE! Juan Mata converts the rebound after Schmeichel pushed away Lukaku’s fierce strike. Replays show it was ONSIDE! I’m sure Jose will be mentioning that in his post-match interview.

Anthony Martial spots the run from Paul Pogba, who can’t volley the Frenchman’s cross on target. Good effort though.

Leicester buckling here…

20: Usain Bolt is in the house folks! We’ve just seen him wearing virtually everything he’s bought in the club’s shop. Hat, glasses, scarf… I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s got the pants on either!

18: Six of United’s eight Premier League goals have been in the second-half. Craig Shakespeare will ideally want Leicester to have a cushion before that but they’ve not created much.

15: Mkhitaryan makes himself a couple of yards but his long-range effort is blocked by Morgan before falling kindly for Schmeichel.

12: Eric Bailly goes in late on Riyad Mahrez. Morgan and Maguire trundle upfield but the skipper is penalised for offside. Bit of a waste.

In other news, Jose Mourinho is wearing a pretty suave suit on the touchline. Looks good enough for a Bond movie. Not James Bond, but certainly one of those lads that he plays Poker against.

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Manchester United v Leicester: Express Sport brings you LIVE updates, highlights and analysis from O

9: The sun is wreaking havoc here folks. It’s directly in David de Gea’s eyes and he’s not wearing a baseball cap. Probably for style purposes I’d imagine. No real chances, but Leicester are seeing more of the ball.

6: Leicester need to weather this early storm, otherwise they risk an old fashioned spanking at Old Trafford. Ndidi does well to slow things down and keep possession in the middle of the park.

3: Manchester United are straight into the ascendancy and almost make the breakthrough in the first 60 seconds.

Mkhitaryan plays a neat one-two with Matic, but Maguire is there to tidy things up. Seconds later Lukaku is penalised for pushing Schmeichel when challenging for a looping Valencia cross.

1: MANCHESTER UNITED 0-0 LEICESTER

And we’re off! Manchester United in their resplendent red, while Leicester are kitted out in traditional blue. Pray for some goals folks, the 3pm matches were a bit sparse.

17:29: The players have emerged from the tunnel to the sound of the Stones Roses. Cracking tune. Just the formality of the handshakes and we’ll be underway.

17:28: BT Sports pundits Rio Ferdinand and Robbie Savage are both going for Manchester United’s wins. Rio says 3-0, while Savage thinks 3-1.

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Manchester United v Leicester: Express Sport brings you LIVE updates, highlights and analysis from O

17:25: Analysis from our reporter Richard Tanner, at Old Trafford.

Kasper Schmeichel spent many hours at Old Trafford as a young boy in the 1990s watching his dad Peter keep goal for United. He always loves to show his goalkeeping talents on his dad’s old old stamping ground. 

Mourinho was frustrated last season because too many visiting goalkeepers collected the man of the match awards after keeping United at bay at home.

Schmeichel will be hoping it’s a similar story today. He will certainly expect to be kept busy after United hit four in each of their first two games.

Mourinho has made once change as he bids to make it three out of three and go into the international break top of the table. 

He’s rewarded Anthony Martial for coming on as a substitute and scoring in each of the first two games by giving the French youngster his first start – at the expense of Marcus Rashford who drops to the bench after drawing blanks in the first two games.

17:23: The statistics are very much in favour of Manchester United today.

Manchester United have lost just two of their 22 Premier League meetings with Leicester and only one of these came at Old Trafford: 0-1 in January 1998.

But as my old coach used to say, football isn’t played on paper.

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Manchester United v Leicester: Express Sport brings you LIVE updates, highlights and analysis from O

17:20: Whoops, nobody’s mentioned that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is back at Manchester United.

I think it’s in his contract that we have to speak about him every 45 seconds…

Anyway, Zlatan could face a considerable battle for a starting spot when fit again but Jose Mourinho has stressed how important it will be for United to have the option of a striker he still regards as one of the world’s finest.

Mourinho said: “Zlatan knows me, and he knows that I play the players that I think are the best for the team. I always did it. So if he comes here and he proves he is the best, he plays. If the other ones don’t give him a chance to prove that, that’s life.”

17:15: Updates from our reporter James Cambridge.

Manchester United make one change, bringing in Anthony Martial for Marcus Rashford after winning both their Premier League games 4-0.

Wes Morgan and Jamie Vardy return for Leicester despite suffering back and foot injuries against Brighton.

Harry Maguire also starts despite picking up a knee problem in Tuesday’s 4-1 win away at Sheffield United.

Vicente Iborra and Robert Huth are both ruled out.

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Manchester United v Leicester: Express Sport brings you LIVE updates, highlights and analysis from O

17:10: And here’s the starting XI’s folks…

Manchester United XI: de Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Jones, Blind, Pogba, Matic, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Martial, Lukaku.

Subs: Smalling, Lingard, Rashford, Romero, Ander Herrera, Fellaini, Darmian.

Leicester XI: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Mahrez, Ndidi, James, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy.

Subs: Chilwell, Gray, Iheanacho, King, Hamer, Amartey, Slimani.

Referee: Michael Oliver.

17:05: Good evening folks, welcome to our LIVE coverage of Manchester United v Leicester.

The Red Devils have comprehensively beaten West Ham and Swansea in their opening two games, but the former Premier League champions could prove a very different opposition.

Craig Shakespeare’s side have a certain swagger this season having gone back to basics.

We’re about to find out if United are the real deal folks!

PREVIEW

MANCHESTER UNITED TEAM NEWS

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho may opt to retain the same starting XI again for tonight’s Premier League home clash with Leicester.

If Mourinho is to make any adjustment to his team after seeing the Red Devils win their opening two league matches of the season 4-0, it may be bringing in Anthony Martial, who has come off the bench to scored in both games.

Luke Shaw and Ashley Young stepped up their recoveries from injury by playing for the Under-23s this week but are not expected to be involved in the contest this weekend, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who re-signed for United on a one-year deal on Thursday, and Marcos Rojo remain sidelined by their knee problems.

LEICESTER TEAM NEWS

Captain Wes Morgan and striker Jamie Vardy could both be back in Leicester’s starting line-up.

Both players were left nursing injuries following the home win over Brighton but Morgan’s back complaint has eased and Vardy is fit again after a foot problem.

Danny Drinkwater (thigh) and Papy Mendy (ankle) have resumed full training while Kelechi Iheanacho has also been able to train, although Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare will err on the side of caution with the striker after his toe injury.

PROVISIONAL SQUADS

Manchester United squad: De Gea, Romero, Jones, Bailly, Smalling, Lindelof, Valencia, Blind, Darmian, Matic, Pogba, Fellaini, Herrera, Carrick, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Rashford, Martial, Lingard, Lukaku.

Leicester squad: Schmeichel, Jakupovic, Hamer, Simpson, Fuchs, Morgan, Chilwell, Maguire, Wasilewski, Benalouane, Ndidi, Amartey, Gray, Albrighton, Thomas, Mahrez, Musa, Vardy, Ulloa, Slimani, Okazaki, Iheanacho.

HISTORY

Last season: Leicester 0 Man Utd 3, Man Utd 4 Leicester 1

Last five league matches: Man Utd L D W W W; Leicester L L D L W


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