Sep 21, 2014 at 1.30pm UK at ​King Power Stadium
LeicesterLeicester City
Man UtdManchester United
Ulloa (17', 83' pen.), Nugent (62' pen.), Cambiasso (64'), Vardy (79')
de Laet (33')
FT(HT: 1-2)
van Persie (13'), di Maria (16'), Herrera (57')
Rooney (83')
Blackett (83')

Live Commentary: Leicester City 3-5 Manchester United - as it happened

Find out how Leicester City beat Manchester United in an eight-goal contest at the King Power Stadium, with Sports Mole's text updates.

Leicester City won a dramatic Premier League encounter against Manchester United 5-3 at the King Power Stadium this afternoon.

It seemed that the visitors were coasting for a victory when goals from Robin van Persie, Angel di Maria and Ander Herrera had them 3-1 in front.

However, David Nugent responded from the penalty spot, before Esteban Cambiasso drew Leicester level. Then, Jamie Vardy made it 4-3, before Leonardo Ulloa made sure of the outcome from the penalty spot in an incident that also saw United defender Tyler Blackett red carded.

You can find out how the match unfolded with Sports Mole's text updates below.

12.33pmAfternoon all. A lot of the talk today is about Chelsea's trip to Manchester City, but there is also plenty riding on the game that we are covering here - Leicester vs. Manchester United at the King Power Stadium.

12.34pmThe big talk heading into this game is will Radamel Falcao, a season-long loan signing from Monaco, make his first start for Man United? Coming up next is the answer...

12.36pmMAN UNITED XI: De Gea,;Rafael, Evans, Blackett, Rojo; Blind, Herrera, Di Maria; Falcao, Rooney, Van Persie

12.37pmMAN UNITED SUBS: Lindegaard, Shaw, Smalling, Fletcher, Mata, Valencia, Januzaj

12.39pmSo, the Colombian international does indeed start, but it hasn't come at the cost of Robin van Persie, as many had predicted. Instead, it's Juan Mata, who has scored eight goals in his last 10 outings, that drops down to the bench. Aside from that, Louis van Gaal has stuck with the same players that earned the 4-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers last weekend, which means that Luke Shaw still has to wait for his debut.

12.40pmAnd now for how the hosts will start this contest...

12.41pmLEICESTER XI: Schmeichel; De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky; Hammond, Cambiasso, Drinkwater, Vardy; Nugent, Ulloa

12.42pmLEICESTER SUBS: Hamer, James, King, Schlupp, Mahrez, Wasilewski, Wood

12.46pmThere are four changes from Leicester boss Nigel Pearson, including a big one in goal. Kasper Schmeichel suffered an injury while on international duty with Denmark recently, but he is fit again and has replaced Ben Hamer. Elsewhere, Argentine Esteban Cambiasso will make his first start for the club, while Daniel Drinkwater and Jamie Vardy have also come into the side.

12.52pmWe will look at Leicester in more detail shortly, but one of the big talking points has been the dropping of Mata from the United team. The Spaniard has been in good form and it can certainly be seen as a harsh decision by Louis van Gaal. Below, former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has had his say about the situation on BBC Sport:

Manchester United's Spanish midfielder Juan Mata celebrates scoring their fourth goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on September 14, 201© Getty Images

"Manchester United won 4-0 against QPR, they played really well and Juan Mata scored. What more can he do he? The problem for Man Utd this season will be leaving big names out. Without Champions League football, will Louis van Gaal be able to keep those players happy?

"Because it does not matter how much money you earn, if you are not playing you are unhappy. And those players could become a negative influence on the team."

12.57pmOf course, Mata's exclusion is Falcao's gain. He had once chance after coming off the bench against QPR, but that was saved by Rob Green. Just now, Van Gaal has been explaining the decision to start him to Sky Sports News:

"We have played well, but we can improve. I was not so satisfied with the performances of Rooney as a striker and Mata as a midfielder [against QPR]. Rooney can play in more positions. Falcao is a striker and I expect that he can [ play the striker's role] better."

12.59pmSo, that does not sound too promising for Mata as far as his Man United career is concerned. He's scored eight goals in 10 games - what more can he do?!

1.01pmSTAT! Also, Van Gaal spoke of Rooney. Here is an interesting statistic about the United captain:

1.05pmOf course, there are two teams involved today and Leicester are more than worth a big mention for the start that they have made to the new season. They played well, but lost at Chelsea, while also claiming draws from home clashes with Arsenal and Everton. Then, last week, they grabbed their first victory away at Stoke City. Van Gaal said that he has done his homework on them and assuming that he has, he will be aware that this will not be an easy clash for his side.

1.10pmPREVIEW: How is this match going to pan out, then? In the video below, Matt Law and I give our thoughts:

1.15pmHEAD TO HEAD: Recent history would point to a United victory here. They have won the last 10 meetings between these two sides on the trot and are unbeaten from the last 11. What's more, they last lost away at Leicester back in 1985 when Alan Smith scored twice.

1.19pmLeicester boss Pearson has just been talking to Sky Sports News. Here is some of what he had to say:

On his starting lineup: "We always try to select a team that gives us the best chance of getting a result and winning the game. We are showing positive intent by playing three strikers.

On Cambiasso: "He is here to give us balance. His contribution so far has been nothing but brilliant. Last week, along with the rest of the team, his contribution was significant. He brings a wealth of experience."

1.24pmSTAT! One more stat for you before we get off and running and it does not make for great reading for United supporters:

1.27pmRight, the players are now out on the pitch and the handshakes are taking place. Only a couple of minutes until proceedings get underway at the King Power Stadium, which bathed in sunshine.

1 minKICKOFF! Hosting Leicester, attacking from left to right in the first half, get this clash started.

4 minAn early chance for Leicester as Cambiasso floats a free-kick into the area from 35 yards out. His intended target is Morgan, but there is just a little too much height on the ball, which eventually rolls harmlessly out for United goal kick.

6 minAnd another opening for the home side, who have started well here. A cross towards the back post is stood up for Ulloa, who gets above Rafael. However, United centre-back Evans is also leaping high and does well to divert the ball behind for a corner, which comes to nothing.

11 minSAVE! We've barely seen anything from United's attacking players and all of a sudden they burst into life. Di Maria is the creator, slotting a pass into the area for Van Persie, who kept himself onside. You would expect him to chip his shot as Schmeichel advanced, but he kept it low and the Leicester goalkeeper was able to save.


13 minThis time, Van Persie makes no mistake, although he did get the aid of a deflection. Falcao, so often a scorer of goals himself, shook off the attention of De Laet down the left and moved into the area. His cross is perfectly weighted towards the back post, where Van Persie is waiting to power in a header that beats Schmeichel via a deflection off of Moore. United lead and that goal will have done their Dutch striker the world of good.



17 minWhat a mad 60 seconds at the King Power! First, Di Maria scores one of the best goals you will see this season with a deft chip that left Schmeichel rooted to the spot. Then, Leicester respond superbly. Vardy does ever so well to cross from the right byline for Ulloa, who plants a header past a helpless De Gea. Both sides look like they are going to score every time that they go forward! A great game so far.

22 minA warning to United from former Leicester striker Gary Lineker:

26 minJust out of fairness, here is a contribution from former United defender Phil Neville. He's not wrong either, they do look very sharp today.

28 minSAVE! Blind may not have been the most high-profile of United's signings, but his technique is there for all to see. He's just hit a volley from 30 yards out, which Schmeichel had to scamper across his line to hold. Good effort.

30 minMAN UNITED SUB: An early enforced change for Van Gaal because Evans has picked up what appears to be a back injury. He's been replaced by Chris Smalling, who has recently recovered from a groin complaint.

33 minBOOKING! The first caution of the clash goes the way of Leicester and their former United defender De Laet. The Belgian's touch lets him down and is cleared by Blackett, who is caught by De Laet on the follow through and is deservedly booked.

38 minTo be fair to Leicester, ever since Ulloa halved the deficit, they have been the more dominant side. They haven't created too much, but they are keeping good possession and are forcing United onto the back-foot.

42 minCHANCE! Well, we've just seen one of the worst decisions from referee Mark Clattenburg that you are likely to see all season. Di Maria clearly skews his shot wide from the edge of area, but the official somehow awards a corner. It's whipped in by the Argentine for his compatriot Rojo, who heads over from close range. He should have been doing much better with that chance.

45 minThere will be two minutes of stoppage time at the end of this first half.


2.19pmThere goes the whistle for the break and what an entertaining 45 minutes of Premier League football we have just witnessed. Both sides have played some attractive football and both also look a little nervy in defence, all of which has made it highly watchable encounter.

2.22pmThat half probably sums up what you will see from United for most of this season. They will create chances at will and score some great goals along the way, but they will be leaky at the back. Van Gaal is bound to be annoyed with the timing of Leicester's goal because at 2-0, you would have thought that his side were going cruise through. As it was, Leicester scored 60 seconds after Di Maria and it made for some anxious moments as the half progress.

2.25pmMeanwhile, Pearson must have been fearing the worst when Di Maria cheekily chipped in United's second of the contest. To their credit, though, Leicester rallied, got their goal and have strung together some good moves since that point. They have certainly been a match for their more illustrious opponents and you wouldn't rule them out adding to their tally before the game is over.

2.28pmBefore proceedings get back underway, here's some pictures of the celebrations courtesy of United's official Twitter page:

46 minRESTART! Leading United get this match, which is beautifully poised, back underway at the King Power Stadium.

50 minCROSSBAR! What a very clever effort that was from Falcao. He's picked out inside the area by Rooney and takes one touch to steady himself. His second is a lobbed half-volley which beats Schmeichel all ends up, but cannons back to safety off the woodwork. How unlucky for the Colombian.

55 minIt's been all United in this second half so far, but they do look like they are there for the taking when it comes to the long ball over the top. It's a tactic that Leicester are using quite often and it almost worked as Vardy went through, but his run on goal was stopped by an offside flag.


57 minWhat a clever goal from Herrera and on the balance of this second half, United deserve it. Schmeichel does well to parry clear a dangerous cross from Rafael, but it only drops to Van Persie. He picks out Di Maria, who drills in a shot from the edge of the box. It appears to be an easy stop for the Leicester keeper, but at the final moment Herrera flicks out a boot to divert the ball into the net. United lead 3-1, but that's unlikely to be the end of the scoring.

62 minPENALTY TO LEICESTER! Rafael brings down Vardy and Clattenburg points to the spot...


63 minI said that when Herrera scored it wasn't the end of the scoring and so it has been proven. Leicester, though, are extremely fortunate because it's a very poor decision from referee Clattenburg. Vardy clearly fouls Rafael, but play is allowed to continue and when the pair collide again in the penalty area just seconds later, a penalty is given, despite their being minimal contact. Credit to Nugent, though, because he keeps his cool to smash home.


64 minWow! Quite incredible scenes here as Cambiasso fires Leicester level just moments after the Nugent penalty. It's a great finish from the Argentine as he drills in from 16 yards out, leaving De Gea little chance. The King Power Stadium, as you'd expect, explodes. From 3-1 down, the hosts are now drawing!

69 minIt seems that Leicester's official Twitter account was excited by that Cambiasso goal!

72 minSUBS: The hero goes off for Leicester as Cambiasso, who looks knackered if truth be told, is replaced by Andy King. It's also the end of Falcao's afternoon as Januzaj takes his place.

75 minLEICESTER SUB: Another alteration for the hosts as Nugent comes off and is replaced by former United youngster Matty James, who is making his Premier League debut.

78 minCHANCE! The Foxes are ever so close to taking the lead for the first time as De Laet gets the better of Di Maria on the right flank and then picks out substitute King. He goes for a half-volley, which flies a yard wide of the upright. Shortly after, Di Maria is replaced by Mata as United make their last change.


79 minFrom 3-1 down, Leicester, remarkably, lead 4-3. What a game this is! Mata is caught in possession by De Laet, who springs forward. The United defence is nowhere to be seen as he floats a ball over the top for Vardy, who is through on goal. As he bares down on De Gea, he slots his low effort inside the United keeper's near post. What a moment. Take off at the King Power!



84 minMan United are in tatters! Blackett is red carded for a late lunge on Vardy and it's the correct decision because he was the last man. Ulloa steps up to take the resultant penalty and although De Gea guesses the right way, the Argentine finds the bottom corner of the net. That has to be game over!

87 minLEICESTER SUB: Vardy, who has worked so hard today, limps off. He's been replaced by Schlupp.

90 minThere will be six minutes of stoppage time at the end of this game, much to the disappointment of all those in blue.


3.24pmNo, that is not a misprint - Leicester have beaten Manchester United in an eight-goal thriller. What a game at the King Power Stadium. You'll do well to see a better match than this all season.

3.25pmThat is all we have time for from Leicester, but be sure to stick with Sports Mole throughout the afternoon for match analysis and players ratings. Thanks for joining us and until next time, goodbye.

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