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Report and Ratings: Rashford scores and Pogba provides in Manchester United’s scrappy victory over Leicester City

Manchester United beat Leicester City 1-0 at the King Power Stadium on Sunday afternoon. It was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s ninth win in the ten matches he has managed, keeping his unbeaten record as United manager. Marcus Rashford scored the only goal of the game, assisted by Paul Pogba in the ninth minute of the match. United now sit in fifth place in the Premier League, a point ahead of Arsenal.

United played well in the first half of the game and should have been more than one goal to the good. However, in the second half, it seemed like United needed quite a few minutes to get back into the game with some suggestions on social media that United were still in the dressing room a few minutes after the restart. David De Gea was the crucial cog in the United side again, making save after save, even one to deny Jamie Vardy from close-range with a bicycle kick.

Solskjaer will be happy that his side won the match but he will have plenty of thought ahead of the next game, against Fulham next weekend. Romelu Lukaku did not have a good game for United, slowing the attack and looking everything other than the player United thought they had signed. United are now above Arsenal, although they are currently playing City at the Etihad, it could all change again. However, United will still be just two points behind Chelsea, meaning a top four position this season is still possible.

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Man of the Match: Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford has shown himself as the leading striker at United under Solskjaer. He’s risen to the challenge and has benched Romelu Lukaku, although the Belgian could have done that all by himself. Rashford has gone from strength to strength under the Norwegian, showing his true class at every opportunity. Victor Lindelof was another contender for his calm and composed performance at the back, doing all he could to keep Jamie Vardy in his place, not on the winning team.

Match Statistics:

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

Calm and composed on the visit to Leicester. Denied Rachid Ghezzal with a superb save. Created some more fine saves and continually shows that a new contract should be on the table for him ready to sign.

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18 Ashley Young

Defensively, Ashley Young was committed but he gave little support on the attack. His passing was not the best when he ventured into the final third.

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2 Victor Lindelof

Contender for MOTM for me. Victor Lindelof dealt with Jamie Vardy well. Never looked out of place and seemed confident alongside Eric Bailly.

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3 Eric Bailly

Put himself on the line to keep a clean sheet for United. Seemed rusty at times some might say 'unconventional'. He needs to play regularly to build up his form and confidence and form a partnership with Lindelof.

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23 Luke Shaw

Productive on the attack. Could have perhaps got himself an assist today. Battled in defence and was a thorn in the side of James Maddison, especially pulling off a fine block from the Leicester player.

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21 Ander Herrera

Glad to see him back in the team. Committed and capable. Created the connection between the defence and the attack. Needs to be given a new contract too, otherwise his loss could be costly for United.

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31 Nemanja Matic

Booked in the first half and could have been sent off for a foul in the second, if the referee had see it. Seemed to struggle against the pace of Leicester, looking a little vulnerable at times.

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14 Jesse Lingard

The England international was more of a threat off the ball than he was on the ball. Booked in the opening 20 minutes of the match. His pace and the link up with the likes of Pogba and Rashford causes problems for everyone.

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6 Paul Pogba

Provided a fine assist for Marcus Rashford in the ninth minute of the game. His put in a good performance against this Leicester side. He was slightly lacklustre in the second half and picked up a knock from a Jonny Evans challenge.

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Alexis Sanchez

If Anthony Martial was fully fit, he would have started. Alexis Sanchez has not done himself any favours. One goal against Arsenal is not going to whitewash the fact his performances have been poor, at best, as a United player.

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10 Marcus Rashford

MOTM. Scored the only goal of the game, rising United to fifth (all depending on the result between City and Arsenal). He was the stand out attacking player for United today. He should lead the attack all the time. Romelu Lukaku has a lot of work to get ahead of Rashford now.

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Substitutes

9 Anthony Martial

Replaced Sanchez 67'. Got himself involved in the game and tried to work on the left channel, cutting into the centre at times. Unable to find or create a second goal in the game.

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Romelu Lukaku

Replaced Rashford 78'. Not sure why he was brought on, other than to give Rashford a bit of a rest. Poor in attack. Low work rate. Not doing himself many favours to earn his place in this team.

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4 Phil Jones

Replaced Lingard 89'. Came on to help shield the defence as Leicester sought an equaliser. Did well but was only on the pitch five minutes including added time.

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Goals: Marcus Rashford 9′

Assists: Paul Pogba 9′

Manchester United: De Gea; Young, Lindelof, Bailly, Shaw; Herrera, Matic; Lingard (Jones 89′), Pogba, Sanchez (Martial 67′); Rashford (Lukaku 78′)

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Dalot; Mata, Fred

Bookings: Jamie Vardy 32′, Nampalys Mendy 45′, Rachid Ghezzal 82′, Wilfred Ndidi 90+3′; Jesse Lingard 20′, Nemanja Matic 42′, Anthony Martial 90+3′

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