Manchester United return to Old Trafford this weekend on the back of three successive away games in the space of a week. Reigning champions Leicester City are the visitors as United look to get back to winning ways in the Premier League. Back to back league defeats against rivals Manchester City and Watford have seen Mourinho’s men drop six points behind leaders City after just five games.
The Foxes have had an indifferent start to their title defending campaign, having picked up seven points from 15. They were knocked out of the EFL Cup midweek by Chelsea, however, got off to the perfect start in their Champions League group after winning 3-0 away at Club Brugge. Let’s take a look back at the last three meetings between the two sides, of which United are unbeaten!
Leicester City 1-2 Manchester United, Community Shield – 7th August 2016
Jose Mourinho’s first competitive match in charge of Manchester United came at Wembley as his side took on Premier League champions Leicester City in the Community Shield. The Reds were back at the national stadium less than three months after their FA Cup triumph over Crystal Palace in May.
Jesse Lingard – who scored the winning goal in the aforementioned FA Cup final – opened the scoring on the half-hour mark with a goal of equal quality, if not better than the winning volley against Palace. The 23-year-old picked the ball up just inside the Leicester half and jinked his way past four players before coolly slotting the ball under Kasper Schmeichel. The Foxes equalised seven minutes into the second half when Jamie Vardy capitalised on a soft back pass from Marouane Fellaini. Extra time loomed however Zlatan Ibrahimovic – who was making his competitive debut – rose highest to head home the winner seven minutes from time.
Manchester United 1-1 Leicester City, Premier League – 1st May 2016
The league leaders headed to The Theatre of Dreams knowing that a win in United’s backyard would secure Leicester’s first ever top-flight title. The Reds weren’t going to roll over as they knew a victory would put them back in contention for Champions League football.
It was the worse possible start for Claudio Ranieri’s men as Anthony Martial fired the home side into the lead with eight minutes on the clock however Foxes captain Wes Morgan out-muscled United’s defence to level proceedings just nine minutes later. Both teams had plenty of chances to win it and although former Red Danny Drinkwater got sent off late on, the visitors held on and claimed the Premier League title the following evening when Spurs threw away a 2-0 lead against Chelsea.
Leicester City 1-1 Manchester United, Premier League – 28th November 2015
This match will always go down in Premier League history, not for the game itself but for the record that was broken during it. Foxes striker Jamie Vardy was in red-hot form going into this game, having scored in 10 consecutive top-flight matches, equaling ex-United man Ruud van Nistelrooy who held the record for twelve years from 2003.
The in-form striker latched onto an inch-perfect pass from left-back Christian Fuchs before striking across David De Gea in the United goal to put the Foxes ahead and in doing so, breaking van Nistelrooy’s goalscoring record. The Reds hit back on the stroke of half-time when Bastian Schweinsteiger headed in his first Manchester United goal from a Daley Blind in-swinging corner and that’s how it stayed leaving Leicester and United second and third in the table respectively behind Manchester City.