Manchester United have secured their first win since the opening day of the season after a narrow victory over Leicester.
In Harry Maguire’s first outing against his former club since his £80m arrival at Old Trafford, United secured just their second clean sheet in 20 matches with Marcus Rashford scoring the game’s only goal from the penalty spot.
Çağlar Söyüncü, the Foxes defender stepping in to fill the void left by Maguire’s absence, was guilty of giving away the decisive spot kick, bringing down the England international after just seven minutes.
Having missed from 12 yards out in United’s last home game – a dreadful defeat to Crystal Palace – Rashford made no mistake in sending Peter Schmeichel to register his third of the season
James Maddison, another Solskjaer is looking to bring to the club when his rebuild continues next year, was denied an equaliser shortly after, with David de Gea making a crucial stop with his legs to keep the Foxes out.
As was the case against Southampton before the international break, United struggled to find another gear after half-time and found themselves on the back foot in the second period – hampered by the absence of injured duo Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial.
Daniel James was again their bright spark, however, superbly beating Ricardo Pereira cutting in from the left before firing a shot just over the cross bar.
Amid the Leicester pressure, Rashford also came close to preventing another nervy ending, crashing a superb 25-yeard free kick off the cross bar with just under 10 minutes remaining on the clock.
Leicester were unable to convert that late control into an equaliser, with United securing a win that will lift some of the gloom that has descended upon Old Trafford.
Source: Evening Standard