Marcus Rashford, Marouane Fellaini goals lead Manchester United to victory over Leicester City
Manchester United have beaten Leicester City 2-0 to go top of the Premier League table.
The Leicester defence stood strong for 70 minutes but were finally breached when Marcus Rashford scored from a corner. Marouane Fellaini added a second from close range in the closing stages.
Leicester matched United in the early stages but it was the home side who should have been ahead after 18 minutes. Romelu Lukaku’s shot was parried by Kasper Schmeichel and Juan Mata was on hand to finish from six yards. The linesman’s flag was up but replays showed that Mata was probably onside.
Mata again came close to breaking the deadlock just two minutes later. His curling shot looked to be heading into the top corner before Schmeichel’s diving save kept the ball out.
Leicester were next to attack when Jamie Vardy laid the ball off to Shinji Okazaki. His shot was drilled low at David de Gea but the goalkeeper was able to gather.
Paul Pogba then sent a long-range shot whizzing past the right post.
The Frenchman again caused problems. First, his shots was palmed away by Schmeichel before another 30-yarder went narrowly wide.
United were awarded a penalty in the 52nd minute when Danny Simpson handled Anthony Martial’s cross, but Lukaku’s spot kick was saved, Schmeichel diving to his right to keep the score level.
Riyad Mahrez then came close to scoring but his shot was saved by De Gea at the front post.
United finally made the breakthrough in the 70th minute. Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s corner kick found Rashford unmarked to half volley into the net.
Substitute Fellaini made it 2-0 with nine minutes to spare. Jesse Lingard bolted down the left before playing in Fellaini who finished from six yards.
Leicester wasted a corner in the closing stages and Lukaku saw his shot blocked as United secured the points comfortably.