By Ollie Cranham-Young
- Jamie Vardy creates Premier League history by scoring 11 games in a row
- The Reds earn a point thank to Bastian Schweinsteiger’s first goal for the club
- United remain in 3rd place but only 1 points off league leaders Manchester City
Manchester United played out an interesting 1-1 draw at the King Power Stadium this evening. Bastian Schweinsteiger’s effort cancelled out Jamie Vardy’s goal that made Premier League history. Beating Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s record by scoring 11 games in row.
Vardy will undoubtedly be the footballing story of the week after scoring early on to help send Leicester back up to 2nd in the Barclays Premier League and putting them only one point off league leaders Manchester City going into December.
Maybe European football is taking it’s toll on the United side, after they failed to go on and find a winner after Bastian Schweinsteiger scored from a Daley Blind header on the stroke of half-time.
Louis Van Gaal made four changes to the side that could not find the net against PSV in midweek, bringing in McNair, Mata, Young and returnee Michael Carrick to hopefully give his side a pre match boost ahead of facing the foxes.
The United boss decided to play three at the back; Smalling, McNair and Blind in behind the two wing-backs Matteo Darmian and Ashley Young.
The game produced a lively atmosphere right from the off, due to Jamie Vardy able to make Premier League history and it was the home side who started the game most brightly, but United soon found their feet.
The Reds spent a lot of the first half passing around Leicester’s 16 yard box, in search of an opening goal but it wasn’t United who were to strike first.
United’s striker’s started well and helped United to earn a series of successive corners, although these only aided Leicester’s counter attack as Vardy’s prolific run continued.
Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel comfortably caught Blind’s set piece and quickly picked out Christian Fuchs who found star man Vardy with a perfect pass and all he had to do was calmly slot the ball past David De Gea.
Queue pandemonium as all the Leicester fans created a barrage of noise to salute the man who had broken none other than Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s Premier League record.
Vardy’s goal gave Leicester confidence as it spurred them on to quickly get a second and put the game out of United’s reach before it had even really begun.
Riyad Mahrez came closest following the opening goal as he layed the ball off to Shinji Okazaki only to be stopped by David De Gea.
Out of nowhere, Schweinsteiger came to the rescue like he did against Watford exactly a week ago as he headed home he crucial equaliser following a fantastic corner from Dutchman Daley Blind seconds before the referee blew for half-time.
This goal gave United the confidence they so desperately needed going into the interval in a bid to go one further in the second half and crush Claudio Ranieri’s side and go top of the table.
At the start of the second-half, both sides went close to taking the lead after Vardy failed to meet Marc Albrighton’s cross before Schweinsteiger so nearly scored after unfortunately heading straight at Kasper Schmeichel from close range.
United returned to their usual selves by dominating possession for the remainder of the half, but they were always threatened by Leicester’s counter attack: for example after an excellent run from Mahrez substitute Leonardo Ulloa was only denied taking the lead by in-form keeper David De Gea.
Following this United failed to make many more second half chances, thanks to a fantastic defensive set-up from Claudio Ranieri’s side.
Van Gaal brought fellow Dutchman Memphis Depay into the action in place of Rooney but he failed to make much of an impact or bring the injection of pace to the side that Van Gaal was so desperately wanting.
His closest chance of the game was probably his only touch inside of the box, when he struck a shot straight over the crossbar after a wonderful pass from Matteo Darmian, who also suffered from a poor game.
Vardy had another chance to put Leicester ahead, and Darmian put a shot right over the bar to sum up what turned out to be a frustrating encounter for United in the West Midland’s today.
Manchester United: De Gea, McNair, Smalling, Blind, Darmian, Carrick, Mata, Schweinsteiger, Young, Rooney (Memphis 68), Martial Substitutes Not Used: Romero, Borthwick-Jackson, Fellaini, Pereira, Schneiderlin, Rashford