Aug 26, 2017 at 5.30pm UK at ​Old Trafford
Attendance: 75,021
Man UtdManchester United
2-0
LeicesterLeicester City
Rashford (70'), Fellaini (82')
Mkhitaryan (54')
FT(HT: 0-0)

James (89'), Schmeichel (95')

Result: Marcus Rashford, Marouane Fellaini send Manchester United top of the table

Manchester United move to the top of the Premier League table with a 2-0 victory over Leicester City at Old Trafford.

Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini have come off the bench to earn Manchester United a 2-0 victory over Leicester City in the Premier League.

After Romelu Lukaku missed a second-half penalty, the two substitutes netted inside the final 20 minutes to send United to the top of the standings ahead of the international break.

Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring during the Premier League game between Manchester United and Leicester City on August 26, 2017© SilverHub

The opening minutes saw United lay siege to the Leicester goal, but it was the Foxes who reached the quarter-of-an-hour mark having enjoyed the better of possession.

However, aside from a Matty James shot which went harmlessly wide, the Foxes failed to make the most of the ball and they should have been made to pay in the 18th minute when Juan Mata netted from close range, only for the assistant to rule the Spaniard offside when he appeared to be level.

United built on the possible injustice with a succession of chances, with Paul Pogba volleying wide after meeting the ball at the back post and Mata being denied from 14 yards out by a sprawling save from Kasper Schmeichel.

Matty James and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in action during the Premier League game between Manchester United and Leicester City on August 26, 2017© Offside

Leicester hit back with a tame effort from Shinji Okazaki, but United were soon back on the offensive through Pogba, who directed three shots wide of goal in quick succession.

Anthony Martial also had a strike comfortably saved by Schmeichel, and it felt like a minor victory for Leicester after they reached half time on level terms.

Eric Bailly, Wilfred Ndidi and Jamie Vardy in action during the Premier League game between Manchester United and Leicester City on August 26, 2017© SilverHub

Seven minutes after the restart, United were gifted the opportunity to take the lead from the penalty spot when Danny Simpson handled the ball inside the area, but Schmeichel guessed correctly to keep out Lukaku's spot kick.

That reprieve only encouraged Leicester and as the second half progressed, Riyad Mahrez began to have an increasing influence on the game with the Algerian forcing a smart save out of David de Gea at the near post.

Romelu Lukaku sees his penalty saved during the Premier League game between Manchester United and Leicester City on August 26, 2017© SilverHub

Jose Mourinho introduced Rashford with a quarter of the game remaining and it took the forward just three minutes to get on the scoresheet, with the England international volleying Henrikh Mkhitaryan's corner into the net from 12 yards.

Going ahead resulted in Mourinho bringing on Fellaini, and it was the Belgian who netted United's second as he converted the ball into the net from six yards after connecting with Jesse Lingard's attempted shot.

Marouane Fellaini scores the second during the Premier League game between Manchester United and Leicester City on August 26, 2017© Offside

Leicester almost netted a consolation goal in added-on time but after De Gea preserved his clean sheet with a superb block from Andy King, United were able to celebrate a third successive win.

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