Manchester United have delayed ten-man Leicester City’s hopes of winning the Premier League title by earning a 1-1 draw against the Foxes at Old Trafford this evening.
Anthony Martial gave Man United a superb start to the match when he fired home at the back post following Antonio Valencia’s cross. However, their lead didn’t last long as Wes Morgan capitalised on bad defending from United to head in an equaliser. Marcos Rojo, who was at fault for the Foxes goal, then hauled down Riyad Mahrez in United’s box but referee Michael Oliver was not interested in Leicester’s calls for a penalty.
Chances were few and far between after the break as both sides worked to win the battle in midfield. Leonardo Ulloa and Marouane Fellaini both spurned opportunities before Chris Smalling’s header hit the post and went behind. In the closing stages, Leicester’s Daniel Drinkwater was shown a second yellow card for tugging at Memphis Depay right on the edge of the box but it mattered little as United failed to grab a winner.
Martial’s excellent run of form continued as he bagged United’s opening goal early on at Old Trafford.
The Frenchman, in plenty of space at the back post, latched onto Valencia’s cross and squeezed the ball in-between Kasper Schmeichel’s feet and into the net. His superb start set the tone as Martial’s pace and quick feet made him a constant menace on the left hand side of the pitch.
Rojo was at fault, and not for the first time this season, when Morgan escaped the Argentine’s attentions to plant a header past David de Gea for Leicester’s equalising goal.
And just before half-time, Rojo was very lucky not to concede a penalty when he brought down Mahrez in the box. Rojo is becoming more of a liability with every passing game and there will be questions over his long-term future at Old Trafford in the summer.
Fellaini has worked miracles to avoid punishment for his various ‘elbows’ over the course of the campaign and he pulled off another belter against Leicester as his smack on Robert Huth in the first half went unnoticed by the match officials.
The Belgian shoved his elbow into Huth’s chin and followed it up by swinging his hand into the centre-back’s face. Huth did grab a handful of Fellaini’s hair but his response was unwarranted, to say the least. Dele Alli was recently given a retrospective ban by the FA and Fellaini may suffer a similar fate. Could this have been his last appearance for United?
Must-win game ends with a draw
United failed to secure the three points despite going in front early on, meaning they have fallen further behind in the race to finish in the top four of the Premier League.
Louis van Gaal’s side really needed to win all of their remaining league games to stand a chance of Champions League qualification and they will now need teams above them to drop points if they are to get there. Supporters won’t be holding their breath.