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Dublin: 12 °C Saturday 26 May, 2018


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Hello and welcome to this evening’s coverage of the Premier League clash between Manchester United and Leicester City.

As usual, feel free to let us know how you think tonight’s game will go in the comments section below.

United, of course, have started the season with back-to-back 4-0 wins over West Ham and Swansea, while Leicester came out on the wrong side of a 4-3 classic with Arsenal before bouncing back with a 2-0 win over Brighton.

We’ll have the team news from Old Trafford for you shortly.

Here are the teams:

Manchester United
De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Jones, Blind, Matic, Pogba, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Martial, Lukaku.

Leicester City
Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Mahrez, Ndidi, James, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy

With Huddersfield drawing with Southampton earlier, United only need a point to return to the top of the Premier League table, though it’s still very early days.

Here are the full 3pm scores:

Crystal Palace 0-2 Swansea
Huddersfield 0-0 Southampton
Newcastle 3-0 West Ham
Watford -0-0 Brighton

You can read reports from them all here.

We’re almost ready for kick off.

And United get the game under way.


Early stages but United looking on top and playing with confidence of a team averaging four goals a game so far.


The first shot of the game comes from former United trainee Matty James but it goes harmlessly wide.


Harry Maguire unmarked at the back post from a free kick but Wes Morgan strays offside and takes it off his head.


Down the other end, Morgan does well to take the sting out of a Mkhitaryan effort and the ball floats into Kasper Schmeichel’s hands.


OFFSIDE! Schmeichel can only parry Lukau’s effort and Mata taps home the rebound but the referee’s assistant puts his flag up. It looks the right decision.


CLOSE!  This time Pogba goes close, his effort drifting just wide of the right post.

Much better from United in the past few minutes.


CLOSE AGAIN! Brilliant save by Schmeichel as he pushes Mata’s effort just wide.

Blind’s corner ends up back with David de Gea and Leicester can breath a sigh of relief.


Down the other end, Okazaki forces De Gea into his first save but the Spaniard never looked in trouble.

Pogba, meanwhile, sends a long range effort just wide down the other end.


Pogba looks determined to find the net today but, so far, his radar is just slightly off.


Half an hour gone and most of the chances are going to the home side but they have yet to take advantage of that pressure.


Pogba lines up another one from distance and gets a really clean strike on it but it drifts just wide. United do win a free-kick in a dangerous position, however.


Again, United are dominating possession but there appears to be 10 blue shirts between them and goal every time they get into the final third.

Jose’s walking down the tunnel and he’ll have to figure out a plan b at half-time.


HALF-TIME – Manchester United 0-0 Leicester City 


Not a great half of football by any means but United will definitely be the happier of the two sides going into the dressing rooms.


70% possession for United and 13 shots so far.

Most of them from Pogba:

Manchester United v Leicester City - Premier League - Old Trafford Source: Anthony Devlin/PA images


What a picture as a groundsman makes running repairs to the Old Trafford pitch:

Source: Anthony Devlin/PA Images


The second half is under way at Old Trafford.


The second stanza beginning very like the first with Untied having lots of possession but doing very little with it at the moment.

It’s worth pointing out that the sun is shining directly into Kasper Schmeichel’s eyes this half so if Pogba can get one of those long range efforts on target, you never know.

Lukaku goes down on the edge of the area but referee Michael Oliver waves play on.


PENALTY! United win a penalty for handball.


Leicester are growing into this game but they’ve yet to create a clear-cut opportunity.

Twice now a better final ball could well have led to a goal.

Marcus Rashford is coming on for United. He’ll replace Juan Mata.


Perfect corner for United and a brilliant finish from Rashford opens the scoring for the home side just three minutes after coming on.


It’s the subs that have done it all for United.

Not sure the Belgian knew very much about that but Jesse Lingard — also on from the bench — has a shot deflected into the net to double the home side’s lead.


Mourinho can take all the credit:


Rashford finding the back of the net earlier:

Source: Anthony Devlin/PA Images


Peep, peep, peep.

It’s all over at Old Trafford and Manchester United win again.

It’s 10 goals scored, none conceded, nine points from nine as Jose Mourinho’s men are top of the league.

And that’s it from us.

Thanks, as always for joining us.

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