Read a full match report from the Barclays Premier League fixture between Leicester City and Manchester United at King Power Stadium on Saturday 28 November, 2015.
- Jamie Vardy becomes the first player in Barclays Premier League history to score in 11 consecutive games
- Vardy surpassed Manchester United legend Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s record of 10 to put Leicester City 1-0 up on 24 minutes
- City No.9 took his 2015/16 tally to 14 goals in 14 Premier League games
- Bastian Schweinsteiger headed in on the stroke of half-time to make it 1-1
Jamie Vardy’s record-breaking strike helped Leicester City extend their unbeaten Barclays Premier League run to seven games with a draw against Manchester United at King Power Stadium on Saturday.
The England international striker became the first player ever to score in 11 consecutive Premier League games after racing through and finishing well in the first period.
The goal came courtesy of a superb no-look through ball from defender Christian Fuchs. The Austria international skipper released Vardy, who burst away from his marker before firing low past David De Gea to write his name into the Premier League history books.
It was a trademark goal from the former Fleetwood Town man and while Manchester United would go on to claim a point thanks to Bastian Schweinsteiger’s first-half header, the headlines belonged to Vardy, who took his tally to 14 goals in 14 league games in turn.
It was not only a landmark for Vardy, but one that highlighted the unstoppable form of City’s relentless forward line. The Foxes were the only team in England to score in every league game this season and managed to breach a defensive line that had recorded six clean sheets in their last seven fixtures in all competitions prior to the game.
Claudio Ranieri made one change to the side that beat Newcastle United 3-0 at St. James’ Park last weekend, as Japan international Shinji Okazaki, who scored his second goal of the season in that win, came in in place of Leonardo Ulloa up front, partnering the in-form Vardy.
The Foxes were looking for their fifth consecutive league win, while Saturday’s opposition came to King Power Stadium for the day’s late kick-off boasting a nine-game unbeaten run in all competitions.
Fuelled by Vardy’s 13 strikes, City were the Premier League’s highest goalscorers heading into the weekend, while Louis Van Gaal’s outfit had conceded the fewest goals so far this campaign – fine margins between two of the most impressive sides in 2015/16.
An effort from Red Devils skipper Wayne Rooney saw Kasper Schmeichel make a comfortable save inside 10 minutes, while Vardy’s first touch inside the opposition box followed shortly after. The striker pounced on a loose pass, cut inside and teed up N’Golo Kanté, who saw his effort deflect wide.
Fuchs did well to hook the ball away from forward Anthony Martial just after the quarter-hour mark, before Rooney hit a tame follow-up into the hands of Schmeichel.
Captain Wes Morgan then threw himself in the way of Schweinsteiger’s effort from eight yards, but the counter attacking that has served City so well this season would produce the game’s first goal, and with it came a new Premier League record.
Schmeichel collected a corner and immediately released Fuchs down the right flank. The left back sprinted forward with the ball before releasing Vardy through the middle.
City’s No.9 latched onto the perfectly-weighted, no-look pass and fired low beyond De Gea to become the first player ever to score in 11 consecutive Premier League games, surpassing Manchester United great Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s 10.
With history made, City continued to attack. Riyad Mahrez dazzled on the flank and forced a good save out of De Gea with half an hour gone – the Spaniard turning away the Algerian ace’s powerful strike at the near post after a dazzling exchange with Okazaki.
Schmeichel was called into action again as he denied Martial with his feet, but Van Gaal’s outfit did find themselves level on the stroke of half-time.
A pin-point corner from Daley Blind found Schweinsteiger deep in the City box and the German headed home past Schmeichel to make it all-square at the break.
Schmeichel pulled off a fine save three minutes into the second period, this time denying Schweinsteiger after the midfielder headed Ashley Young’s free kick towards goal.
Ranieri introduced Ulloa with half an hour to play and the Argentine made a clear impact. Mahrez broke down the right flank, shimmied past Blind and played in Ulloa, who cut inside before seeing his low shot saved by the feet of De Gea.
Ulloa had another chance shortly after as he fired high and wide after controlling fellow substitute Jeffrey Schlupp’s delivery, while at the other end, Robert Huth did well to steer away Juan Mata’s placed shot deep inside the City box with 10 minutes to play.
Substitute Memphis Depay then lifted an effort over the bar while under pressure from Morgan, while Danny Drinkwater’s drive a minute from time sailed just past De Gea’s upright.
Defender Matteo Darmian hammered a strike of his own just over the bar in the late stages, but City wouldn’t be breached for the second time in the game.
The result saw Leicester knocked off top spot by Manchester City, who beat Southampton 3-1 earlier in the day, but it proved to be another valuable point towards Ranieri’s target of 40.
CITY: Schmeichel, Simpson (De Laet 80), Morgan (c), Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez, Kanté, Drinkwater, Albrighton (Schlupp 70) , Okazaki (Ulloa 61), Vardy
SUBS NOT USED: Schwarzer, Inler, King, Dyer
GOAL: Vardy 24
MAN UTD: De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, McNair, Blind, Mata, Carrick, Schweinsteiger, Young, Rooney (c) (Depay 68), Martial
SUBS NOT USED: Romero, Fellaini, Schneiderlin, Rashford, Borthwick-Jackson, Pereira
GOAL: Schweinsteiger 45
ATTENDANCE: 32,115 (3,307 away)
REFEREE: Craig Pawson