Leicester City 0-3 Manchester United

  • Henrikh Mkhitaryan puts United ahead just before half time.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic reaches 20 goals for the season to double lead.
  • Juan Mata extends advantage three minutes after half time.
  • Champions Leicester one point above the relegation zone.
  • United two points off a Champions League place.
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Well that is all we have time for as Manchester United go within a point of fifth place Liverpool and two of fourth place Arsenal in the race for the top four. Leicester are consigned to a battle against relegation.

We're back next weekend with full coverage of another round of Premier League fixtures. But until then, it's goodbye.


Full time: Leicester City 0-3 Manchester United

Hopelessly one-sided Premier League encounter between the reigning champions and the top four contenders; though you'd be hard pressed to guess who was who. United won the game in seven minutes either side of half time. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored before the break, prior to Juan Mata making it three on 48 minutes.

Leicester are one point above the relegation zone, without a goal in 2017 and therefore devoid of a win. Could they become the latest side to be relegated after claiming the league title the previous season? We're getting closer to finding out the answer to that conundrum.


One added minute at the King Power Stadium. And we don't really need it.


Demarai Gray in the wars after a high tackle by Antonio Valencia. Just a free-kick though as United look to hang on to their clean sheet.


Mkhitaryan steers over as United attempt to claim a fourth. Leicester playing out time as much as the away side right now.


This game has fallen flat a little, with the result beyond doubt. Leicester desperately trying to get a consolation, though it might not affect this game, that would breathe new life into their season. They face Swansea and Hull in two of their next three games and they will be absolutely crucial to their survival hopes you feel.


Mata runs away as United go three-up just after the interval.

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Mata's luck finally changes as he goes one-on-one with Schmeichel and goes to lob the 'keeper but doesn't get enough on it and the Leicester stopper holds on.


Leicester finally find the net, but only the side-netting. Mahrez's free-kick beats David de Gea but goes the wrong wide of the post. The crowd, eager for something to shout about, are up and celebrating before an inevitable sigh consumes the King Power Stadium.


GOAL! Leicester City 0-3 Manchester United (Juan Mata)

Three minutes into the second half and any hope of a Leicester comeback is firmly extinguished. Mkhitaryan and Mata exchange passes on the edge of the box and with Morgan flat footed, the Spaniard - who is a tad fortunate to be on the field - side foots home. Too easy.


Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted his 20th goal of the season to put United two-up.

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan celebrates putting United ahead.

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Changes aplenty at half time as Demarai Gray comes on for Leicester and Daley Blind is on for Manchester United.


Half time: Leicester City 0-2 Manchester United

The double sucker-punch at the end of the first half deepens the Foxes crisis. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic net well taken goals to keep United in the hunt for the top four and give Claudio Ranieri more problems to deal with.


GOAL! Leicester City 0-2 Manchester United (Zlatan Ibrahimovic)

In a flash United go two-up. Antonio Valencia crosses from the right and Ibrahimovic turns the ball goalwards and past Schmeichel. The Swede goes to 20 goals for the season and Leicester slip towards the mire continues.


GOAL! Leicester City 0-1 Manchester United (Henrikh Mkhitaryan)

The visitors hit the front and it is all about the Armenia, who has come to the fore during the second half of the season. He breaks through the middle of the Leicester back-four, gets the ball out of his feet and drives the ball, via Schmeichel, into the roof of the net.


Cristian Fuchs the latest in the book now after taking out Juan Mata. A taste of the Spaniard's medicine, I would venture.


Best chance of the game so far and it is that man Rashford at the centre of it. He cuts onto his right foot after Pogba's short pass and takes it on first time, producing a good near-post save from Schmeichel.


Jamie Vardy down after a nasty tackle from Juan Mata. The Spaniard flies in on the England striker, leaving one foot up with studs showing. A clear yellow card, and in this era of the game perhaps lucky not to get more.


Half chance for the visitors. Juan Mata and Henrikh Mkhitaryan combine down the left and the Armenian's cross finds Marcus Rashford on the half volley but he can't keep it down nor test Kasper Schmeichel and it flies over.


Jamie Vardy will be seeking to improve his form this season against the side he broke the Premier League consecutive goal record against last term.

Jamie Vardy
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More joy for Leicester as Wes Morgan peels away at the back post and it takes a block - though not sure how much he knew about it, from Paul Pogba to prevent his back-post header testing David de Gea.


First real chance on goal come for the hosts. Riyad Mahrez gets one-on-one with Marcos Rojo and goes to bend on in the far post, but gets is angles wrong and is flies out of play. Leicester keeping United at bay in these opening moments.


Both teams have started like they know the enormity of this game. Very scrappy with little flow to the match. Whoever settles first could well go on to win this game.