By Andy Hyslop
- Martial nets opener after eight minutes
- Draw not the result either team wanted
On a day when both teams needed the three points. Manchester United and Leicester played out a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.
The draw sees United close the gap on Manchester City in fourth place to four points, with a game in hand. After the full-time whistle at Old Trafford, City faced Southampton; losing 4-2.
Meanwhile for Leicester, the point doesn’t clinch the Premier League title but does move them a point closer and anything but a win for Tottenham on Monday night will see the Foxes crowned Champions.
Louis Van Gaal made one change from his FA Cup semi-final starting line-up. With Valencia replacing Fosu-Mensah at right-back. Fosu-Mensah dropping to the bench.
United started at a face pace and took the lead on eight minutes when Martial struck his 15th goal of the season. Martial met a cross from Valencia to execute a low finish past Kasper Schmeichel.
United continued to have the better of the opening play before being pegged by Leicester captain Wes Morgan. Morgan lost his marker to head home on 17 minutes from a Drinkwater free-kick.
Both teams had further chances before the referee blew half-time with both Fellaini and Lingard forcing saves from Leicester keeper Schmeichel. For Leicester Jeffrey Schlupp had a effort deflected wide following a neat pass from Mahrez.
The second-half started at a face pace again with Leicester starting the better this team. Morgan once again beating Rojo in the air, this time heading straight at De Gea. A flurry of yellow cards were handed out to Lingard, Carrick and Drinkwater.
78 minutes were on the clock when Smalling rose to meet a Rooney ball but could head against the outside of Schmeichel’s post.
Drinkwater was given a second yellow card on 87 minutes when he pulled back United substitute Memphis. The offence looked to be inside the area but referee Oliver signalled a free-kick outside the area. The resulting free-kick saw an effort from Rooney saved by Schmeichel.
United will need to win their last three Premier League fixtures of the season to have any hope of finishing in the top four starting with a trip to Norwich next Saturday.
Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Carrick, Fellaini (Herrera 75), Rooney, Lingard (Mata 61), Rashford (Memphis 82), Martial Substitutes Not Used: Romero, Fosu-Mensah, Darmian, Schneiderlin