Read a full match report from the Barclays Premier League fixture between Manchester United and Leicester City at Old Trafford on Sunday 1 May, 2016.
- Anthony Martial fired Manchester United 1-0 up after eight minutes
- City skipper Wes Morgan equalised nine minutes later
- The Foxes will become Premier League champions if Tottenham Hotspur fail to beat Chelsea on Monday
- Claudio Ranieri named an unchanged starting XI from the side that beat Swansea City 4-0 at King Power Stadium last weekend
Leicester City took another step towards winning the Barclays Premier League title after grinding out a 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
It was Louis Van Gaal’s men who started the brightest, as striker Anthony Martial fired his side in front with just nine minutes on the clock.
But the Foxes responded brilliantly and when Wes Morgan peeled away from his marker deep inside the Manchester United box, the City skipper made no mistakes from six yards out to make it 1-1.
Both sides threatened and each had chances to win the game, and while Claudio Ranieri’s men were reduced to 10 men late on after Danny Drinkwater was dismissed for a second bookable offence, City stood strong to earn a huge point in Manchester.
After dispatching Swansea City 4-0 at King Power Stadium last weekend, manager Ranieri named an unchanged starting XI, as striker Jamie Vardy served the final game of his two-match suspension.
Just three points separated City from guaranteeing them a first ever Premier League title, meaning a victory in Manchester would see them crowned champions.
The Foxes came up against a Manchester United side brimming with positivity, as Louis Van Gaal’s men went in search of a fifth Premier League win from their last six games.
The Red Devils’ momentum was evident from the off, with Marcus Rashford seeing a low drive blocked by Robert Huth, before the hosts eventually capitalised on their early dominance.
It was a perfectly-weighted pass with the outside of Antonio Valencia’s boot that set up the opening goal, as Martial found space at the back post and slotted in first time past Kasper Schmeichel.
An opportunity to equalise fell to Shinji Okazaki shortly after, but the Japan international striker couldn’t direct Riyad Mahrez’s cross on target.
Schmeichel then produced an excellent save to deny Jesse Lingard, clawing out the Manchester United forward’s effort on 14 minutes.
But the Foxes showed their mettle, and when Morgan arrived unmarked in the six-yard box, the City skipper nodded Drinkwater’s pin-point free kick past David De Gea to haul his side level.
It was Morgan’s second goal for the Foxes this term, and it proved to be a huge one.
Wayne Rooney dragged a low shot wide of the mark at the other end, before the Manchester United captain curled a free kick into the City wall from 20 yards.
A fine block from Valencia saw Jeffrey Schlupp’s powerful drive fly over the bar as City threatened to turn the game on its head.
Lingard then pinched the ball on the half-way line shortly after, but Danny Simpson did well to put the forward under pressure to prevent him carving out a one-on-one with Schmeichel, who eventually cleared.
City continued their search for a second goal, with Leonardo Ulloa flicking over at the front post, before De Gea punched away Schlupp’s dangerous cross from the left flank.
The Foxes then had two opportunities just before half-time, as former Manchester United midfielder Drinkwater saw a shot deflect wide, while Morgan nodded the resulting corner over the crossbar.
Just two minutes into the second half, Morgan arrived again with a header that De Gea comfortably held onto, while at the other end, Martial flashed a strike off target.
Another opportunity fell City’s way on 51 minutes, but after meeting Simpson’s low cross from the right wing, Okazaki dragged his effort across the face of De Gea’s goal mouth.
The Foxes maintained their pressure, with Ulloa seeing a shot deflect wide, before Okazaki had a header cleared off the line by Martial.
Schmeichel did well to hold onto former Fox Lingard’s curling effort on 56 minutes, while the City stopper comfortably watched Rooney’s chip sail over the bar just moments later.
Ulloa’s aerial presence continued to cause problems for the Manchester United defence. This time, the Argentine frontman rose well to meet Drinkwater’s free kick, but headed just over while under pressure.
The dazzling feet of Mahrez created City’s next chance. The Algeria international danced past three markers and forced De Gea into an uncomfortable punch with 19 minutes to play.
Chris Smalling glanced a header just wide of Schmeichel’s upright, before Ulloa miscued from inside the box as the game opened up late on.
The Foxes were reduced to 10 men with just three minutes to play, as Drinkwater received a second yellow card for a foul on Memphis.
But that did not affect the result, as City stood firm and defended in numbers to earn a precious point at Old Trafford.
Should Tottenham Hotspur drop points against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday evening, the Foxes will be crowned Premier League champions.
MAN UTD: De Gea, Rojo, Smalling, Blind, Valencia, Carrick, Fellaini (Herrera 75), Lingard (Mata 61), Rashford (Memphis 82), Rooney (c), Martial
SUBS NOT USED: Romero, Schneiderlin, Darmian, Fosu-Mensah
GOAL: Martial 8
CITY: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan (c), Huth, Fuchs, Kante, Drinkwater, Schlupp (Albrighton 77), Mahrez (King 88), Okazaki (Gray 67), Ulloa
SUBS NOT USED: Schwarzer, Wasilewski, Chilwell, Amartey
GOAL: Morgan 17
REFEREE: Michael Oliver