Date: Sunday, 5 February 2017
Leicester City vs. Manchester United
Venue: King Power Stadium
Kick-off: 16:00 GMT
Manchester United eased to a third win in three against Leicester City this season, with a comfortable 3-0 away victory.
Following on from the Community Shield triumph and 4-1 win in the reverse match, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic opened the scoring before the interval.
Juan Mata sealed the three points early after the restart, as Jose Mourinho’s side bounced back from a disappointing draw against Hull City in midweek.
Marcus Rashford couldn’t keep his shot down after a move inspired by the wily Mkhitaryan, as Mata saw yellow for a dangerous challenge on Jamie Vardy.
Son of United great Peter, Kasper Schmeichel denied Marcos Rojo and Rashford as the hosts rarely threatened in a timid opening spell.
United, looking much more of a threat after switching to 4-2-3-1 opened the scoring with five minutes remaining of the first half.
Mkhitaryan skipped past Robert Huth and raced through on goal in similar fashion to his strike against Tottenham Hotspur, and despite the ball taking a nick off Schmeichel on the way through, the Armenian found the net in style.
The second goal arrived just moments later, as Antonio Valencia’s low ball into the penalty area was met by Ibrahimovic, who placed a first time finish past Schmeichel.
No soon had the second half begun and it was three.
The instrumental Mkhitaryan spread the play to Mata, before playing a one-two with his teammate to which Mata duly obliged to fire home from close range.
Riyad Mahrez struck a free-kick into the side netting as Danny Drinkwater was off target on two separate occasions as the home side looked for a consolation.
An ambitious dink from Mata dropped over with Vardy headed over in a difficult chance at the other end.
Ibrahimovic’s clever through ball to Valencia allowed the latter to cut the ball back, but Mkhitaryan blazed over much to his dismay.
Paul Pogba’s venomous drive was held before full-time arrived at the King Power Stadium.
On the day before the Munich Air Disaster Anniversary, United paid homage to the Busby Babes in the East Midlands.
A scintillating spell either side of the break and a controlled performance in possession ensured United made ground on the top four after other results this weekend.
Up next is a home fixture against Watford next Saturday, with a 3pm kick-off welcoming the Hornets to Old Trafford.
Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Rojo (Blind 46); Mata (Fellaini 77), Herrera, Pogba, Mkhitaryan; Rashford (Young 83), Ibrahimovic.
Subs not used: Romero, Carrick, Lingard, Martial
Manager: Jose Mourinho
Leicester City: Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs; Mahrez, Drinkwater, Ndidi, Musa (Gray 46); Vardy, Okazaki (King 46).
Subs not used: Zieler, Chilwell, Benalouane, Albrighton, Kapustka.
Manager: Claudio Ranieri