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Subs sink Leicester as United's unbeaten start to the season continues

All three of Jose Mourinho’s changes played an important role in a 2-0 win this evening.

Rashford celebrates United's first goal.
Rashford celebrates United's first goal.
Image: PA Wire/PA Images

SUBSTITUTES MARCUS RASHFORD and Marouane Fellaini scored as Manchester United continued their 100 percent start to the Premier League season by beating Leicester City 2-0 on Saturday.

Leicester threatened to frustrate United when Kasper Schmeichel saved a penalty by Romelu Lukaku early in the second half, but the hosts’ pressure told in the last 20 minutes.

Huddersfield Town’s 0-0 draw with Southampton meant United went two points clear at the summit, although West Bromwich Albion will join them on nine points if they beat Stoke City on Sunday.

Manchester United v Leicester City - Premier League - Old Trafford Fellaini celebrates with United fans after adding the second goal. Source: Anthony Devlin

In keeping with their opening 4-0 wins over West Ham United and Swansea City, United dominated the first half against Leicester at Old Trafford, with Juan Mata seeing a goal ruled out for a narrow offside.

Schmeichel, son of United goalkeeping great Peter, pushed aside Lukaku’s 53rd-minute penalty after Danny Simpson had been penalised for handball.

United manager Jose Mourinho turned to Rashford and three minutes after coming on the 19-year-old broke the deadlock in the 70th minute, volleying in Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s corner.

Fellaini added a second goal eight minutes from time by nudging in a cross from fellow substitute Jesse Lingard.

(C) AFP 2017

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