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Full-time: Leicester 1-1 Manchester United

  • Jamie Vardy surpasses Ruud van Nistelrooy and sets a new record by scoring in an 11th consecutive Premier League fixture
  • Bastian Schweinsteiger equalises for the visitors with a powerful header on the stroke of half-time
  • Hard-fought draw leaves Leicester one point ahead of Manchester United in second
Jamie Vardy
Jamie Vardy has now scored in 11 consecutive Premier League matches Getty

So honours even at the King Power Stadium, probably a fair result on the balance of play. This was certainly not as entertaining a contest as many had initially hoped for, but Vardy will rightfully take all the headlines after successfully breaking Van Nistelrooy's old record.

Manchester City retain their place at the top of the Premier League by virtue of a comfortably superior goal difference, but this result still leaves Leicester perched above United by a single point in second. The Foxes travel to out-of-form Swansea next, while United host Slaven Bilic and West Ham.

That is all for this particular live blog, but stay tuned to IBTimes UK as we round-up all of today's top-flight action before bringing you coverage of the hotly-anticipated heavyweight boxing clash between reigning champion Wladimir Klitschko and fiery challenger Tyson Fury later on.

We will also be on hand tomorrow to provide live updates of Chelsea's trip to Tottenham, as well as Liverpool vs Swansea and Norwich against Arsenal from Carrow Road. For now, goodbye.


Leicester 1-1 Manchester United

Another break from Leicester as Ulloa and Vardy combine well before the latter fails to pick out his strike partner with an adequate return pass.

At the other end, Schlupp breathes a sigh of relief as his undercooked headed clearance from Young's searching cross is driven high over the bar by Darmian.

Just two minutes of added time signalled by the fourth official.

This current Leicester team is littered with players who spent the early part of their careers at Old Trafford. Another, midfielder Drinkwater, looks to dent his old side as he is teed up by N'Golo Kante on the edge of the penalty area but his snapshot flies wide.

Darmian rises above Fuchs to win a powerful header into the penalty area. Memphis collects, but his first touch is far from ideal and that allows Morgan to get across and put the Dutchman off as he fires over the crossbar and appears to hurt his foot in the process.

Van Gaal's side are applying real pressure now as Schlupp has to be alert to block Mata's effort at the back post.

Leicester make their final change, with Ranieri opting to send on Ritchie De Laet in place of fellow ex-United youngster Simpson.

United once again look to utilise Schweinsteiger's aerial prowess but Huth is on hand to head behind for a corner.

Referee Pawson stops play following a nasty clash of heads between the German defender and Smalling but both players are fine to continue.

Another throw-in missile from Fuchs looks to cause problems for the United backline but this time Smalling can clear. Good pressure from Vardy to create the chance.

The game has entered a bit of a lull with 15 minutes remaining. United are happy to keep possession but Leicester, as always, pose the biggest threat on the counter.

Another painfully anonymous performance from Rooney is brought to an end as Van Gaal withdraws his captain in favour of Memphis.

Ranieri's second change sees Albrighton replaced by the speedy and versatile Jeff Schlupp, who had a trial with Manchester United back in 2013.

So close for Leicester as the excellent Mahrez bursts forward on the counter and leaves Blind behind before cutting inside Darmian and feeding Ulloa.

The substitute does well to step away from Smalling, but his low shot is frustratingly tame and De Gea saves with his foot. That should have been their second goal.

United are once again enjoying the majority of possession but Vardy continues to make a nuisance of himself and demands that Smalling maintains full concentration.

A first substitution from either side with 30 minutes remaining as Ranieri introduces Ulloa at the expense of Okazaki.

Schweinsteiger again rises to meet Young's free-kick but this time Leicester escape. The experienced German midfielder is proving himself to be a real aerial menace this evening.

United win a free-kick on the right-hand side. Young's floated delivery is met by the head of Schweinsteiger, forcing Schmeichel to parry. Rooney heads the rebound across goal under pressure from Huth but the offside flag is raised.

A real chance for Leicester is spurned as Albrighton breaks forward down the left flank and lofts the ball over Smalling. Vardy is unmarked in the penalty area, but the ball is just too high for him to make contact and the opportunity goes begging.

The second half is now underway. No changes from either Ranieri or Van Gaal.


Leicester 1-1 Manchester United

Leicester have looked a little vulnerable aerially from set-pieces in this first 45 and United finally make them pay on the stroke of half-time. Danny Drinkwater deflects a free-kick wide and from the resulting Blind corner, Schweinsteiger wrestles to break clear of the weaker Okazaki before heading the ball firmly past Schmeichel.

Goal: Leicester 1-1 Manchester United (Bastian Schweinsteiger)

We are having one or two technical problems here, but United have finally posed something of a threat to Schmeichel's goal through Martial and a notably sluggish Rooney is the latest player to avoid a caution for a not-so-subtle foul on the marauding Mahrez.

United actually looked the more competent side in the early stages of this game as they largely monopolised possession, but that goal seems to have totally knocked the stuffing out of them. Such a poor response thus far.

That looked like a dive from Rooney as he jostled with Fuchs on the edge of the penalty area. Certainly not a spot kick.

Just how long can this run continue for Vardy?

That goal has understandably given Leicester a real confidence boost and Mahrez is now causing the visitors no end of problems. After a neat one-two with Okazaki, he forces a low shot towards goal that is saved by De Gea.

Undeterred, the 24-year-old comes back quickly but his ball in towards Okazaki deflects off the striker and out of play.

It has taken Vardy less than 25 minutes to set a new Premier League record by scoring in his 11th consecutive top-flight fixture. From a United corner, Schmeichel confidently claims and launches a quick counter attack despite the presence of several bodies in his penalty area.

The ball reaches Christian Fuchs on the right-hand side, and the Austrian defender provides a sublime low, no-look pass. Vardy gets ahead of Young and runs in behind Darmian to collect the loose ball and finish coolly past De Gea from a tricky angle.

Sorry, Ruud.

Goal: Leicester 1-0 Manchester United (Jamie Vardy)

Wasteful from Young as he spearheads a United counter attack and takes on Danny Simpson but sends his cross wide with Martial, Rooney and Mata to aim for.

A brief sight of goal for Rooney but his half-volley fails to trouble Kasper Schmeichel. Blind is then very lucky indeed to avoid a yellow card for a crude bodycheck on Mahrez after the latter looked to capitalise on an errant pass from Carrick.

Tireless work from the enthusiastic Vardy to win the hosts a corner but the referee's assistant raises his flag for offside. Periodic chants of 'Ruud van Nistelrooy' are emanating from the away end.

A crucial header from Wes Morgan to stop Wayne Rooney's flick from reaching the run of Mata. Young is then shown a yellow card for hauling down Mahrez as the Algerian attempts to launch one of Leicester's trademark counter attacks.

No chances to speak of in the opening few minutes, with David de Gea comfortably claiming Albrighton's cross and Riyad Mahrez failing to launch a meaningful attack.

Darmain wins United's first corner of the evening following a challenge from Albrighton but Robert Huth emphatically heads clear.

As expected given the extent of their injury problems, it looks like United are opting for a defensive three of McNair, Smalling and Daley Blind with Matteo Darmian and Ashley Young operating as wing-backs.

Referee Craig Pawson gives a sharp burst of his whistle and we are underway at the King Power.

It's been a thrilling afternoon of Premier League action before this evening kick-off, with no fewer than 23 goals across five dramatic games. Here are your confirmed full-time results:

Aston Villa 2-3 Watford

Bournemouth 3-3 Everton

Crystal Palace 5-1 Newcastle

Manchester City 3-1 Southampton

Sunderland 2-0 Stoke

Around 15 minutes remaining now until kick-off.

A selection of pre-match quotes from Ranieri, who has dared supporters to dream as Leicester's remarkable season continues to go from strength to strength:

"It's a big night. I don't know how many times Leicester have been this high after this long. Our fans can dream. We will try to play our football, be fast and to try to win the game. I'm curious to see how my team respond."

Leicester make one solitary change from the side who eased past Newcastle last weekend, with goalscorer Shinji Okazaki replacing Leonardo Ulloa.

No Marcos Rojo or Jesse Lingard for United today as the duo miss out through injury. 20-year-old Paddy McNair starts alongside Chris Smalling in the heart of defence with Phil Jones still unavailable, while Juan Mata returns to the starting XI after a late five-minute cameo against PSV at Old Trafford.

Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay drop to the bench as the fit-again Michael Carrick and Ashley Young are preferred by Van Gaal. James Wilson drops out of the matchday squad having joined Championship promotion hopefuls Brighton on loan this week, although young duo Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Marcus Rashford do feature among the substitutes.

Long-term absentees Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia remain out, along with Ander Herrera.

Manchester United: De Gea, Darmian, McNair, Smalling, Blind, Carrick, Schweinsteiger, Mata, Young, Rooney, Martial

Subs: Romero, Borthwick-Jackson, Fellaini, Memphis, Pereira, Schneiderlin, Rashford

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Mahrez, Kante, Drinkwater, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy

Subs: Schwarzer, De Laet, Schlupp, Inler, King, Dyer, Ulloa

The teamsheets are in....

While we await the official team news from each camp, here are the latest scores from today's 15:00 GMT kick-offs in the Premier League:

Aston Villa 1-1 Watford

Bournemouth 0-2 Everton

Crystal Palace 4-1 Newcastle

Manchester City 2-1 Southampton

Sunderland 0-0 Stoke

Surprisingly perched at the summit of the Premier League before Manchester City's earlier victory over Southampton owing to a a quite brilliant run of form under Claudio Ranieri that has brought four consecutive top-flight wins and eight in total, Leicester begin a difficult stretch of fixtures by welcoming Manchester United to the King Power Stadium.

While the visitors have been somewhat goal shy under Louis van Gaal this term culminating in a dire stalemate against PSV Eindhoven in midweek, one man who is becoming an expert in finding the back of the net is Jamie Vardy. All eyes will be fixed upon the England striker this evening as he attempts to break Ruud van Nistelrooy's English record by scoring in an 11th consecutive match.

Stay with IBTimes UK as we bring you breaking team news, confirmed line-ups and live updates from what should be an intriguing contest in the East Midlands....