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  • Writer's pictureBruno Asoka

Rashford's hot streak continued as Red Devils edged the Foxes

In order to keep pressure on Arsenal and Manchester City at the top of the Premier League (PL), Manchester United defeated Leicester City 3-0 for their 14th victory in 15 matches at the Theatre of Dreams.

Encouraged by two victories in the Premier League, Leicester came out strong and might consider themselves a little unlucky not to have taken an early lead as Tetê's shot glanced across the goal and Harvey Barnes' shot was saved by David de Gea. Moments later, Kelechi Iheanacho headed Timothy Castagne's cross goalward, forcing David De Gea to make a Gordon Banks-like one-handed save. The Foxes moved even closer to taking an unexpected lead.

As Leicester discovered, you pay the price for missing opportunities against powerhouse opponents. There was no question who would score for United if they were going to score, and it was the player of the match, Marcus Rashford, who pounced on Bruno Fernandes' skillful pass and fired home, becoming the first United player to score in seven straight Premier League home games since Sir Alex Ferguson left the team. As United could have made it two, Fernandes was once more the architect, but Diogo Dalot miraculously turned his lavish delivery wide from a few yards out.

In the first half, United took advantage of Leicester's high line, and in the second half, they once again outsmarted their opponents. As Fred's final contribution to the action, Rashford was let clear in his usual inside-left position by Fred's deft delivery, and the Premier League's top scorer made no mistakes in firing beneath Danny Ward to double United's lead. By this stage, United was humming along and quickly added a third in style when halftime substitute Jadon Sancho played a neat one-two with Fernandes before calmly putting in his second goal in as many appearances at Old Trafford.

However, Wout Weghorst and Jadon Sancho missed opportunities to help United score four goals in a home Premier League game for the first time since September 2021, meaning that United might have easily scored more. The three points are ultimately all that matters to Erik ten Hag, who, despite his reluctance to acknowledge United is in a title race, will be acutely aware his side is well placed to pounce upon any slip-ups. There was no cherry on top for the hosts, who were forced to settle for just the three goals.

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