Manchester United vs. Leicester City
Venue: Old Trafford
Date: Saturday, 26 August 2017
Kick-off: 17:30 BST
Manchester United made it three wins from three to maintain their 100% start to the new campaign.
Son of former United hero Peter, Kasper Schmeichel denied Romelu Lukaku from the spot with the score at 0-0, but Jose Mourinho’s substitutes swung the match in his favour inside the final quarter of proceedings.
On his return to Old Trafford, Matty James curled wide early on after a couple of early United attacks.
Captain Wes Morgan blocked from Henrikh Mkhitaryan before Juan Mata tapped home but was ruled out for offside after Lukaku’s shot was parried.
Paul Pogba volleyed wide at the back post from Anthony Martial’s floated cross, Schmeichel then produced a flying save to tip behind Mata’s curled effort and David De Gea held from Shinji Okazaki after Jamie Vardy’s neat knockdown.
Picking up space to shoot, Pogba’s attempt was a whisker away from the top corner before curling wide with a separate effort and shooting over first time from Martial’s cut back.
The latter then saw a shot held as Schmeichel palmed away Pogba’s cross and watched the Frenchman’s drilled shot sail just past the post from range.
Striking a free-kick against the wall was a further Pogba attempt before the interval arrived with the game goalless.
Six minutes after the restart, Martial’s cross struck the arm of Danny Simpson but Schmeichel denied Lukaku’s spot-kick.
Mahrez’s cross was turned away by De Gea’s boot as Wilfred Ndidi sliced wide and the former’s cross flashed across goal.
Substitute Rashford had a cross blocked by the exceptional Harry Maguire but the former volleyed the resulting corner home from Mkhitaryan’s delivery to ease the nerves inside the stadium.
Lukaku’s deflected shot took the pace off the ball for Schmeichel to hold as Demarai Gray’s fresh legs opened up room but his effort was tame.
Looking to atone for his penalty miss, Lukaku’s one-on-one ended with his attempt flying over the bar as the lively Gray was off target at the other end.
With less than 10 minutes remaining, Rashford’s through ball found Jesse Lingard, and his shot/cross was turned goalwards by Fellaini as the three substitutes combined.
Into stoppage time and De Gea denied Andy King from close range from Gray’s low cross as Lukaku’s shot deflected over from a promising position.
After the mountain of draws last term particularly at Old Trafford, it would’ve been easy for United to become anxious with just 20 minutes remaining and on the back of the penalty save.
Credit where it’s due, however, as Mourinho’s side dug in and found a way to win as they head into the international break with maximum points from the opening three fixtures.
This is also five consecutive Premier League clean sheets either side of the summer break.
Another 5:30pm kick-off awaits in two weeks time, with a testing trip to Stoke City before the return of the Champions League.
Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Jones, Blind; Matic, Pogba; Mata (Rashford 67) Mkhitaryan (Fellaini 74), Martial (Lingard 76); Lukaku.
Subs not used: Romero, Smalling, Darmian, Herrera.
Manager: Jose Mourinho
Leicester City: Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs; Mahrez, Ndidi, James, Albrighton (Gray 60; Okazaki (King 60), Vardy (Slimani 76).
Subs not used: Hamer, Chilwell, Amartey, Iheanacho.
Manager: Craig Shakespeare