Manchester United v Leicester – First Half – Play By Play

Rashford looks lively early. Long balls over the top seem the order of the day for United. Mata is dangerous, taking an early cross that is punched away by Zieler. Morgan yells at the defence, he looks angry. Pogba sends Rashford through with a cute pass that Zieler cleans up. Looks like Schmeichel’s understudy is going to have work to do.
Valencia makes a mistake and Albrighton hits poorly on his left. Leicester starting to pay. Mahrez tries a run but it’s defended. Albrighton with a cross that finds only red. De Gea clears with poise. Leicester have definitely lifted, they’re getting the ball in dangerous areas all of a sudden. Fuchs on the left is a key. Mahrez involved in every play.

Another throw in. Break-neck speed, Amartey trying to pick out Fuchs. Short corner, half the Leicester team involved. Fuchs is everywhere. Huth beats Ibra. End to end. These teams are evenly matched all of a sudden. United slow it down and retain possession. Maybe that’s smart. But they lose possession. Pogba shows his talent. Corner for Blind. Smalling goal, United 1-0, Captain’s goal, Against the run of play only of the last few moments, but a goal was going to come. Half way through the first half.

Slimani gets a touch – is it his first? Long range free kick, never threatened but somehow a corner. It came off Pogba. He looks better than he has at any point this season. Corner cleared, poor loss of possession from Drinkwater. Rashford way over the bar but clever from Ibrahimovic. United dominating now, utterly, Ibra getting up and using his strength/height. Ashford tries a ridiculous overhead bicycle. Pogba. Blind. Rashford. Pogba. Ibra. Misses. Wow. They’re back. Less than half an hour in.

Pogba from long range. He’s bossing the game. Zieler under massive pressure. He will be tested again. Now Simpson screams at his co-defenders. Foxes are opening up, they’re confused and only Fuchs on the left is holding his own. Ball goes forward at the blue end but it’s far from convincing. Numbers get back and they are forced to clear again. Somehow, how did it happen so quickly.

Mata goal. Brilliant. 2-0 and it’s what they deserve. Pogba and Lingard set it up. 37 minutes in and it’s the United of old. The United of Week 1-2 not Week 4-5. Breathtaking. Who needs Rooney.

3-0. Rashford, who else. How can he ever be left out of the team. Another corner, another Leicester mistake. Mata assist and tap in for Marcus. This is no longer a contest. What a display. Albrighton isn’t on the same pitch. It’s total domination.

Yet another corner…only 41 in, surely no more. Blind, it’s 4! POGBA. Amazing. Unbelievable. The set piece specialists, Fuchs not strong enough, a shame for the man who showed at least a bit going forward early. But this is all about Manchester United and by how far. No time to take a breath, no more yelling from the Foxes. They look shocked and have nowhere to go. It’s understandable.

Mourinho has done it, we were skeptical and he’s made fools of us all. The changes have worked. 44 minutes, apparently Vardy is playing. He’s had not an opportunity. Free kick at left full back, 2 minutes added time. Ranieri looking glum. You win some, you dilly don’t some. Half time but it may as well be the final whistle. Wow.


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