In order to extend his scoring streak and aid Manchester United in defeating Leicester in the Premier League, Marcus Rashford netted two goals.
With goals in either half at Old Trafford, Rashford, who is in the best shape of his career and is driving United’s comeback, has already scored 24 goals this season.
Both shots were expertly executed; they pounced on passes from Bruno Fernandes and Fred before advancing on goal and calmly slipping the ball past Danny Ward.
The three points were secured for Erik ten Hag’s team by substitute Jadon Sancho, but the outcome could have been very different.
While there was no goal, Leicester had the better chances to score, but they were unable to get past David de Gea, which cost them dearly.
The Spanish goalkeeper stopped Kelechi Iheanacho’s diving header with another outstanding stop after making a great reaction save to stop Harvey Barnes from close range.
Leicester’s three-game winning streak was snapped, and their uneven season has kept them in 14th place in the standings.
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Red-hot Rashford is the driver for United.
The most significant week for Manchester United during Ten Hag’s brief stint will begin on Thursday when they play Barcelona in the second leg of their Europa League play-off, followed by a trip to Wembley for the Carabao Cup final against Newcastle.
They have only lost three of their 22 league games, and merciless finishing put an end to Leicester’s challenge on this occasion. They enter those two crucial games in excellent shape.
Rashford, a member of the England national team, is leading the charge. With three months yet to go, he has already secured his most productive season for United.
The 25-year-old now has 17 goals—the most by a player in Europe’s top five leagues—in 18 games since the World Cup ended.
His goals exhibited the traits of a player who exudes confidence; he stroked the ball into the goal when in on goal, and he had a chance to score three goals after beating two defenders but fired his shot straight at Ward.
In the second half, which the home team controlled, Diogo Dalot squandered a clear opportunity from six yards out by mishandling the wonderful Fernandes cross, then Lisandro Martinez headed against the crossbar.
A return to the Champions League would have been United’s initial goal for the season, and they are currently third in the table, 10 points ahead of fifth-place Tottenham.
Is a title charge impossible when looking over them? Despite the fact that Arsenal has played one more game than United, United is five points behind the league leaders.
Foxes regret lost opportunities.
For Leicester, this was a case of what could have been.
Brendan Rodgers’ team will regret not converting on their opportunities this time after a crushing 4-1 victory against Spurs last Saturday.
De Gea stopped Barnes and Iheanacho to help the Red Devils earn their 180th clean sheet, tying Peter Schmeichel’s club record.
signing for Leicester in January Tete and James Maddison both missed their targets as the Foxes were defeated and sent home empty-handed.
When Marcel Sabitzer used his studs to strike defender Wout Faes in the knee, the hosts could have had a man sent out, but neither the referee nor VAR intervened.
In order to resume their winning ways, Leicester must first defeat top-of-the-table Arsenal on Saturday (kick-off 15:00 GMT).