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Six Classic Home Clashes With Manchester United

From two hat-tricks in a single game to a biggest-ever triumph, check out six enthralling home encounters with our next Premier League opponents, 20-time English champions Manchester United.
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Nine-goal thrillers, famous comebacks and FA Cup excitement have all come against the Premier League giants, who the Foxes face at King Power Stadium on Saturday (3pm BST kick-off).

Leicester City 5 Manchester United 4
Saturday 8 November, 1930
Goals: Hine (2), Lochhead (2), Chandler

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Leicester City 1930/31
Leicester City 1930/31

Many of Leicester City's 1930/31 squad would become some of the most iconic players in the Club's history.

All three of the goalscorers in this game had been key members of the Leicester City side which came within one point of winning the league title in 1929, eventually finishing as runners-up.

When the game was played, Leicester were sixth in the table, facing a Man Utd outfit who were relegated at the end of the campaign. Jimmy Bullock’s hat-trick for United were the only goals he scored for the club. Ernie Hine is third in Leicester’s all-time goalscoring list with 156 goals.

Scot Arthur Lochhead, who had signed for Leicester City from Manchester United in 1925, scored twice. He netted over 100 goals for the Club between 1925 and 1934, when he then became manager. Finally, Club record goalscorer Arthur Chandler – who has 273 goals in total – scored once.

Leicester City 6 Manchester United 0
Saturday 21 January, 1961
Goals: Walsh (2), Keyworth (2) Wills, Riley

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Jimmy Walsh
Jimmy Walsh

Jimmy Walsh netted a brace for the Foxes against Man Utd in 1961.

In the 1960/61 season, Leicester recorded their biggest-ever win over Manchester United. The Foxes eventually finished sixth and were beaten FA Cup finalists. For the first 20 minutes of the game, United threatened to overwhelm City, but Leicester’s direct power play turned the tables.

In the 21st minute, Jimmy Walsh crashed home a 12-yard drive against the run of play. Ten minutes later, Ken Keyworth scored a dream goal with a 20-yard volley. In the second half, captain Walsh netted his second, but injured himself in the process.

Later on, in the 70th minute, Ken Keyworth made it 4-0 with a shot into the corner from a very narrow angle from a Howard Riley cross.

Six minutes later, winger Gordon Wills cracked home a left-foot shoot. With five minutes to go, Howard Riley nearly broke the net with a powerful penalty, following a foul by Maurice Setters on Wills.

Leicester City 4 Manchester United 3
Tuesday 16 April, 1963
Goals: Heath, Keyworth (3)

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The Ice Kings
The Ice Kings

The legendary 'The Ice Kings' side regularly challenged for major honours and earned Leicester City a reputation for attacking football.

On an Easter Tuesday in front of a capacity crowd, City defeated Man Utd 4-3 just a day after they had drawn 2-2 at Old Trafford.

Leicester started the game equal on points with Tottenham Hotspur at the top of the table. Man Utd, despite the presence of Nobby Stiles, Law Denis and Bobby Charlton, were fighting relegation. Reserve Terry Heath, in for the injured Mike Stringfellow, put Leicester ahead in the 29th minute.

Law equalised two minutes later. In the second half, there were four goals in six minutes. Ken Keyworth netted a six-minute hat-trick between the 50th and 56th minutes – all of his goals came from Howard Riley crosses, with Law scoring his second in the 52nd minute.

Law completed his hat-trick 17 minutes later. Leicester went one point clear at the top of the table with five games to go, eventually finishing fourth and they lost to United in the FA Cup Final five weeks later.

Leicester City 2 Manchester United 0
Wednesday 27 November, 1996
Goals: Claridge, Heskey

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Emile Heskey
Emile Heskey

Emile Heskey toasts his goal with the Blue Army at Filbert Street.

Leicester City’s route to the 1997 League Cup Final saw them defeat Scarborough and York City before a clash with Manchester United at Filbert Street followed in the fourth round.

Just over 20,000 fans watched on as a brilliantly taken goal from Steve Claridge – set up by Emile Heskey with a superb flick – set the Foxes on their way. Paul Scholes had the opportunity to level matters from the spot, but he sent his penalty over Kasey Keller’s bar.

Heskey then sealed the win with 13 minutes to play with a half-volley from close range. City, managed by Martin O'Neill, then dismissed Ipswich Town and Wimbledon before defeating Middlesbrough in a final replay at Hillsborough to lift the Club's second League Cup.

Leicester City 5 Manchester United 3
Sunday 21 September, 2014
Goals: Ulloa (2), Nugent, Cambiasso, Vardy

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Jamie Vardy
Jamie Vardy

Jamie Vardy emerges on the Premier League scene to win the game for Leicester.

Unquestionably one of the most famous games in Leicester City’s long history, when Louis van Gaal’s men headed to Filbert Way on a sunny Sunday afternoon in September 2014, few were predicting an eight-goal thriller.

First-half goals from Leonardo Ulloa, Robin van Persie and Angel Dí Maria saw the Red Devils head into the break with a 2-1 lead, before Ander Herrera extended his side’s advantage 12 minutes into the second half. However, Nigel Pearson’s men showed incredible character to claw it back to 3-3 thanks to a David Nugent penalty and a well-taken effort from new fans’ favourite Esteban Cambiasso.

With 11 minutes to play Jamie Vardy slotted beyond David De Gea to make it 4-3 and Ulloa added a penalty four minutes later to complete a stunning turnaround in front of the Blue Army. Despite tall odds, the Foxes would preserve their top-flight status and go on to win the Premier League title in 2016.

Leicester City 3 Manchester United 1
Sunday 31 March, 2021
Goals: Iheanacho (2), Tielemans

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Youri Tielemans
Youri Tielemans

Youri Tielemans' goal would turn into a precursor for his heroics in the final later that season.

In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Foxes faithful watched from home on TV in March 2021 as Leicester City secured a hugely impressive 3-1 victory over Manchester United en route to the Club's first-ever FA Cup triumph under the management of Brendan Rodgers.

The Red Devils were the opponents in the last-eight with City looking to reach a first semi-final in the competition for 39 years. Man Utd, on the other hand, were 12-time winners of the FA Cup, but they fell behind on 24 minutes as Kelechi Iheanacho seized on Fred's backpass to slot past David de Gea.

Mason Greenwood got the visitors back on level terms before the break, but Youri Tielemans - Leicester's eventual hero in the final - struck from outside the area to put City back in the ascendancy. Iheanacho, on the other hand, hit a third with 12 minutes remaining to continue the Foxes' FA Cup adventure.

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