MANCHESTER, Sporting Alert — Two goals from second half substitutes after the hour mark guided Manchester United to a late 2-0 victory over Leicester City in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Saturday.
With the game heading for a draw, manager Jose Mourinho introduced Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini and both players were on target for the Red Devils, who have now won three successive games to start a season for back-to-back turns.
Big money summer signing Romelu Lukaku, however, failed to keep up his 100-percent scoring record for Manchester United this season after his penalty kick was smartly saved by Foxes goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, who made some brilliants stops to keep the scoreline from being even higher.
It was also a great day for David de Gea and his backline after Manchester United continue their 100 percent start with three clean sheets.
Mourinho’s men have now scored ten goals from three starts and remain top of the Premier League standings with nine points.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho talks to BT Sports about winning 3-out-of-3 games: “We can look into perspective, last season we won against Leicester at home so that doesn’t make a difference but we had too many draws at home last season.
“The difference is the quality of our football, we’re playing better today and if we hadn’t won this match I wouldn’t have anyone to blame. The team is playing very well and I’m very confident. We are comfortable on the ball and dangerous on the counter attack.
“But nine points after three matches is nothing different for us because we did that last season.”
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.
“It was a harsh penalty but a great save form Kasper Schmeichel. To go 1-0 down, it knocked a bit of spirit from us. Disappointed in the overall result, but we were nice and solid for large parts.
“You have ot be disciplined, you know what the opposition’s strengths are. We tried to attack in the second half.
“Harry Maguire was carrying a knock but was desperate to play, he was solid.”
MAN UTD TEAM NEWS
Manchester United Team to play Leicester City: De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Jones, Blind, Pogba, Matic, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Martial, Lukaku. Subs: Smalling, Lingard, Rashford, Romero, Ander Herrera, Fellaini, Darmian.
LEICESTER TEAM NEWS
Leicester City Team to play Manchester United: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Mahrez, Ndidi, James, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy. Subs: Hamer, Chilwell, Amartey, King, Gray, Iheanacho, Slimani.