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Good afternoon and welcome to Nigerianeye's live text coverage of the Premier League clash between Leicester City and Manchester United at the King Power Stadium.


The hosts come into this match sitting just one point clear of the relegation zone and without a win - or indeed a goal - in the league since the turn of the year.

United, meanwhile, are currently on a 14-match unbeaten streak in the Premier League but remain sixth in the table following their goalless draw with Hull City last time out.

Make sure you don't miss a moment of the action courtesy of our minute-by-minute updates below.


OFFICIAL LINE-UPS

MANCHESTER UNITED: De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Rojo; Herrera, Pogba, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Rashford; Ibrahimovic

MANCHESTER UNITED SUBS: Romero, Blind, Carrick, Fellaini, Lingard, Young, Martial



LEICESTER CITY: Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs; Drinkwater, Ndidi, Musa, Mahrez; Okazaki, Vardy

LEICESTER CITY SUBS: Zieler, Chilwell, Benalouane, King, Albrighton, Kapustka, Gray








The referee puts Leicester out of their misery today, then, but the troubled times are far from over for the Foxes. The boos ring down from the fans as Leicester slump off the field following another defeat - that is four in a row now - and another blank, making it five without scoring in the league since the turn of the year. They are now just one point clear of the relegation zone, while at the other end United move to within two points of the Champions League places courtesy of goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Juan Mata. Thanks for joining our live coverage of the match!



90+1 min FULL TIME: Leicester City 0-3 Manchester United


90 min There will be one minute of added time at the end of this match.


88 min YELLOW CARD! I'm not sure De Gea needs to waste time at 3-0 up, but the Spaniard goes into the book for it nonetheless.

87 min Fuchs swings the ball into the box, but the United defenders attack it more vigorously than the Leicester attackers and deal with the danger easily.

86 min Valencia is perhaps a little fortunate to get away without a yellow card for a challenge on Gray here, but it does give Leicester a free kick in a crossing position...

84 min MAN UTD SUB: A third and final change from the visitors sees Ashley Young come on in place of Rashford.

83 min CHANCE! Chance for a fourth for United as the ball is pulled back for Mkhitaryan, but the Armenian can't keep his shot down from just inside the area.

81 min The Leicester fans are streaming out of the stadium now, and it is hard to know how they will be feeling right now. To be honest, they would have expected a relegation battle last season, so this year's form is perhaps not all that surprising in the grand scheme of things, but they have a right to expect more after the heroics of last term.

79 min Crucial challenge from Fuchs, who has not had his best game on the whole today. Mkhitaryan bursts into the box and it looks like trouble for the home side, but Fuchs slides in to make a good, clean tackle.

77 min MAN UTD SUB: A change from the visitors here as Mata is replaced by Marouane Fellaini.

76 min United are playing this game at walking pace now, almost mocking Leicester with their three-goal superiority. In truth, there hasn't been too much to separate the two sides apart from that seven-minute spell either side of half time, but this is turning out to be a very comfortable afternoon for the visitors.

74 min The hosts win a corner, which hits Smalling and goes behind for a second in quick succession. The latter delivery is nodded back into a dangerous area by Morgan, but there are no blue shirts there to turn it home.

72 min There is a lack of urgency amongst Leicester when United have the ball at the moment. The visitors are able to pass the ball around comfortably and at will, and Leicester are not doing enough to stop them.

70 min Nothing to report from the last couple of minutes as United just keep the ball and knock it about at their own pace. Both teams seem to know that this game is over as a contest right now.

68 min The atmosphere inside the King Power Stadium is understandably flat at the moment - with the exception of the away fans. Just one point will separate Leicester from the bottom three unless they can pull off a remarkable comeback.

66 min SHOT! Shooting chance for the home side here as Drinkwater finds himself in a bit of space around 25 yards from goal, but his attempted curler flies well off target.

64 min In fairness to Leicester, they have reacted relatively well to that early goal in this second half, preventing things from getting embarrassing so far and pushing for a goal that may just give them a glimmer of hope. They are just looking to flimsy at the back, though.

62 min CHANCE! It should be four for United! This is dreadful from Leicester as the defence play offside for Rashford, but allow Mata to run through from a deeper position. The ball over the top finds the Spaniard, who has all the time in the world, but he tries to lift an awkward finish over Schmeichel and can only put it straight into the keeper's hands.

61 min SHOT! Leicester don't seem to have given up on this one yet, though. They win a corner and almost catch United out by playing it quickly, but can only win another corner from it. That second set piece eventually finds its way out to Drinkwater, who drags a low strike a couple of yards wide of the target.

59 min It is damage limitation mode for Leicester now. It is quite easy to see this one turning into a nightmare afternoon for the hosts if they allow it to go that way.

57 min CLOSE! Leicester very nearly get a goal back as Mahrez swings a free kick through the wall which ripples the side-netting. De Gea is rightly unhappy with his wall, which didn't do its job there.

56 min YELLOW CARD! Pogba quickly follows his midfield mate into the book for a sliding challenge on Ndidi. Free kick to Leicester in a very good position...

55 min YELLOW CARD! Herrera is the latest player to go into the book for a cynical challenge on Vardy as Leicester were looking to break.

54 min United can smell blood here. Leicester have collapsed either side of half time and the visitors, whose goalscoring has been criticised at times this season, want to add more.

52 min SAVE! The visitors go in search of a fourth here as the ball is slid through to Rashford, who tries a low strike across goal which Schmeichel just about deals with.

51 min It was three goals in seven minutes which killed the game off between these two sides at Old Trafford, and it is three in seven again - albeit either side of half time - which has done the damage again today. Leicester are in trouble.

49 min That didn't take long! United pick up where they left off at the end of the first half by killing the game off once and for all. It is poor defending from Leicester as Mata exchanges passes with Mkhitaryan on his way into the box and, having been left by Fuchs and played onside by Morgan, he sweeps it past Schmeichel and into the near corner. The Foxes are falling apart either side of half time here.

49 min GOAL! Leicester 0-3 Manchester United (Juan Mata)

46 min KICKOFF: Leicester get us back underway for this second half, and both sides have made changes at the interval. There are two for the Foxes as Andy King and Demarai Gray come on for Musa and Okazaki, while United bring on Daley Blind for Rojo.


The first half comes to an end at the King Power, then, and it is United who are suddenly in complete control of the contest following a quickfire double just before half time. It was a pretty dull and uninspiring opening 40 minutes or so, but not for the first time this season United took the game away from Leicester just before half time.


45+2 min HALF TIME: Leicester City 0-2 Manchester United

45+1 min There will be two minutes of added time at the end of this first half. Just enough time for Ranieri to rip up that team talk and plan a new one.

44 min Just like in the reverse fixture, United seem to have taken this game away from Leicester with quickfire goals before half time. Out of nowhere, the visitors are two ahead as Ibrahimovic steers a low finish through the legs of Morgan and past Schmeichel after being picked out by Valencia's low cross. That is 20 for the season for Ibrahimovic.

44 min GOAL! Leicester 0-2 Manchester United (Zlatan Ibrahimovic)

42 min Devastating break from Mkhitaryan to give United the lead just before half time! Smalling flicks the ball to the Armenian just inside the Leicester half, but the real danger arrives when Huth rushes out and tries to win the ball. Mkhitaryan gets there first and from there no-one is catching him. He races through on goal and fires it past Schmeichel.

42 min GOAL! Leicester 0-1 Manchester United (Henrikh Mkhitaryan)

40 min YELLOW CARD! The third card of the first half is shown to Fuchs, who slides in on Mata but completely misses the ball.

39 min The visitors are beginning to knock on the Leicester door, though, and that change of tactics from Mourinho has certainly made them a move cohesive United in possession. It is United who look the most like breaking the deadlock right now.

37 min Are we in for another late show from United? Their first-half performances in recent weeks really have not been up to scratch - and it has been the same again today - but they have saved themselves on numerous occasions in the closing stages of matches.

35 min Leicester fail to deal with the resulting corner as Smalling wins the first ball and nods it down, but Pogba just can't connect with it from close range.

35 min SAVE! Almost the opening goal for United, but it is a very smart save from Schmeichel! Ibrahimovic and Pogba combine to find Rashford, who hits a hard and low effort early towards the near post, but Schmeichel gets down really quickly to turn it around the post.

34 min The visitors' pressure has been steadily growing over the last few minutes, but Leicester are still defending their final third well and looking solid.

32 min United haven't been any better when going forward either, though, with that Rashford chance by far the best opening either side have had so far. The visitors have looked better in possession since changing their system, though.

30 min We're half an hour into this match now, and so far it has been a very even affair. Considering the league positions of both sides, Ranieri will be the happier of the two managers right now, but they haven't offered too much in an attacking sense.

28 min YELLOW CARD! Leicester fans want a red card here as Mata slides in and takes out Vardy late with a poor challenge. The referee only shows a yellow, which is just about the right decision, but the Spaniard was borderline there.

27 min It looked like quite an innocuous incident between Simpson and Ibrahimovic, but the Leicester full-back is not moving freely at all. He will try to continue, but he looks to be in some pain.

25 min Concern for both teams here as Ibrahimovic goes down under the challenge of Simpson, and both players seem to have hurt themselves in it. It looked like quite a soft free kick, in truth, but Simpson appears to have come off worse.

23 min CHANCE! The best chance of the match so far comes the way of United, but Rashford cannot keep it down. Mkhitaryan delivers a cross from the right flank following a sweeping move from the visitors, but the ball bounces just in front of Rashford and he can't keep his half-volley down.

22 min Almost a chance for Leicester as Herrera's pass is underhit and immediately pounced upon by Vardy. He gives it to the overlapping Musa on the left channel, but Bailly makes an important challenge in the area.

21 min United have just changed their system a little having struggled to really get going in the opening 20 minutes. It is more of a 4-2-3-1 system now, with Rashford going out wide left.

19 min Almost a chance for Leicester at the far post as they win a free kick in a good crossing position. Mahrez's delivery is flicked on by Vardy towards Morgan, but he can only head the ball into the back of Pogba and it goes behind for a corner.

17 min This has not been the greatest 17 minutes of football you will see this season, it must be said. Neither side have been anywhere near their best and there has been a noticeable lack of quality in the game so far.

15 min Mahrez tries to do what he did so many times last season as he picks the ball up on the right flank and cuts inside onto his left. Rojo knows the drill, though, and does enough to ensure that the Algerian's eventual effort is never troubling De Gea.

14 min A minor flash point here as Bailly and Vardy clash off the ball following a clearance from the United defender. There is a tussle on the ground as both try to get the final dig in, but Anthony Taylor leaves his punishment at a free kick to the visitors.

12 min The ball has not stayed on the field for more than a few seconds over the course of the past minute or so. It is all very scrappy and uninspiring stuff at the moment.

10 min Not more to report from the last couple of minutes, with the ball stuck in the middle third as both sides have a few throw-ins in quick succession.

8 min Leicester are doing a decent job of getting about the United players and making this quite scrappy at the moment. Neither side have been able to keep the ball very well so far.

6 min SAVE! The first save comes from Schmeichel as Ibrahimovic flicks the ball out to Rojo, who tries to first a first-time half-volley towards goal. He cuts across it and gets it on target, but it is easy for the Leicester keeper.

5 min YELLOW CARD! The first card of the game takes just five minutes to arrive as Drinkwater is shown yellow for a cynical pull on Mata to stop a counter-attack.

4 min Almost an early chance for the Foxes as a cross is directed towards Huth at the back post, but Rojo does really well to nod the ball over his own crossbar.

3 min Slow start to the game at the King Power are both sides try to settle into it. Neither of those two teams have started particularly well of late, so perhaps we shouldn't expect an early goal here.

1 min KICKOFF: Here we go then! Manchester United get us underway at the King Power Stadium!

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