United battle to opening day win against stubborn Leicester

United battle to opening day win against stubborn Leicester

Daniel Orme
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Well, that's all we've got time for this evening. Keep an eye out on VAVEL.com for our take on the game. I've been Daniel Orme and it's been a pleasure taking you through Manchester United 2-1 Leicester City. Until next time.

Any thoughts? United fans, are you happy with that performance? Leicester supporters, are you encouraged despite the loss?

FT Well, Vardy's strike was not quite enough. Manchester United claim the three points.

90+2' He's scored now! Perieria's shot hits the post and Vardy reacts quickest to nod in! 2-1!

90+1' Vardy should test De Gea. He is free at the far post but blasts his volley high over the bar!

90' Four minutes of injury time.

83' GOAL UNITED! Luke Shaw gets free at the back post, battles past Pereira and buries the ball into the bottom corner! 2-0!

80' Final change from Puel. Vicente Iborra comes on for Silva.

78' What a save from Schmeichel! Sanchez passes to Lukaku and the Belgian has so much time but the Dane deflects the ball over.

76' Substitution for Leicester. Fred comes off to quite an applause for Scott McTominay.

75' Vardy does excellently to win the ball from Luke Shaw and finds Gray in the box. The Englishman's deft flick is caught by De Gea.

69' Yellow card for Andreas Pereira. He scythes down Adrien Silva.

66' First alteration from Mourinho. Rashford comes off in place of Romelu Lukaku.

65' It should be 2-0. Alexis Sanchez tees up Mata but the Spaniard shoots marginally wide.

63' Double substitution for the Foxes. Amartey and Maddison come off for Rachid Ghezzal and Jamie Vardy.

62' Iheanacho sprints beyond the United defence but cannot control the ball and it trundles to De Gea.

59' United have been much better in this half but are just unable to find the killer ball.

51' Yellow card to Daniel Amartey. He trips Alexis Sanchez.

50' Wasted. Schmeichel holds easily.

49' Early corner Manchester United. Gray levers Rashford out of play.

46' And we're back underway!

The teams are back out. Can Leicester get back in this one?

Any thoughts on that first-half performance?

HT And that will be the interval. Leicester have looked strong in the first-half but the Red Devils are ahead thanks to Paul Pogba's early penalty.

40' Sanchez runs beyond the Leicester defence but lifts his header over the bar. The Chilean was flagged offside though.

40' Wow! We've just seen a shot from United. Pogba tests Schmeichel from distance but the Dane collects comfortably.

37' Lindelöf has got a problem here. He is holding his shoulder - one to keep an eye on.

36' Iheanacho gets another chance but is muscled out. Manchester United are on the ropes here.

30' Leicester are getting closer! Pereira has a fierce effort deflected over!

29' The corner was wasted but Leicester have just had a great chance. Ricardo picks out Maddison but De Gea saves incredibly!

27' Corner to Leicester.

25' More good play from Leicester. Maddison picks out N'didi but the Nigerian shanks a shot straight at De Gea.

19' It's been a good response from Leicester to falling behind. They've pretty much dominated the ball but are yet to really trouble De Gea.

16' Iheanacho then goes close again but is flagged offside.

15' Leicester are responding nicely here. Gray jinks past Darmian before N'didi fizzes a shot towards goal, De Gea collects.

12' Nice play from Leicester as Ricardo Pereira combines well with Maddison. The latter cannot quite find Gray with a through-ball.

11' Good delivery from Maddison but Pogba clears.

10' Free kick Leicester. Dangerous position here on the corner of the box.

7' Not the start that the Foxes wanted but a perfect opening few minutes for Mourinho's men. United look terrifying on the break.

3' 1-0! Paul Pogba cannons the ball into the top corner!

2' Penalty to Manchester United! Amartey handball!

1' And we're underway! The visitors kick off the 2018/19 Premier League season!

Here come the teams! Only minutes away from kick-off now!

Half an hour left to go! The last clash between the two at Old Trafford ended 2-0 to the Red Devils.

Any predictions for us this evening?

What are your reactions to that? Happy with the teams?

Leicester City XI:  Schmeichel; Pereira, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell; Amartey, Silva, N'didi; Maddison, Iheanacho, Gray.

Substitutes: Ward, Evans, Vardy, Albrighton, Iborra, Fuchs, Ghezzal.

Manchester United XI:  De Gea; Darmian, Bailly, Lindelöf, Shaw; Fred, Pereira, Pogba; Mata, Rashford, Sanchez.

Substitutes: Young, Fellaini, McTominay, Grant, Lukaku, Smalling, Martial.

The Foxes also kicked-off the season last year in a 4-3 defeat to Arsenal. If supporters are treated to that many goals again, they will surely be delighted!

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Bit of a statistic for you here, Leicester have not won on the opening day of a Premier League season since 2015/16. Anyone remember what happened that year? No, I can't either.

Just over half an hour until team news is released! What teams do you want to see take to the field?

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Mourinho is also not expecting a straight-forward game on Friday evening. He told manutd.com: "[Leicester] are a good team, a solid team, an experienced team. They have new players, a good new central defender [Jonny Evans} – they are a difficult challenge for us."

Foxes goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has already told how difficult the game is going to be. Talking to LCFC.com, he said: "[Manchester United] are a side that is probably a little bit wounded by their rivals winning the league and [they're] going to try and put it right, so we’re expecting a really tough game."

The last clash between the two was a dramatic one. Jamie Vardy opened the scoring at the King Power Stadium with his 50th Premier League goal before a Juan Mata double flipped the game on its head. Daniel Amartey was given his marching orders but ten-man Leicester equalised with a late strike from Harry Maguire.

Leicester have a tough task if they want to claim maximum points from Old Trafford. The Foxes have only won one out of their last 20 games against the Red Devils. They have also not claimed victory at Old Trafford in over 20 years.

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Despite relatively positive seasons last year, both sides will surely be looking to do better this time around, starting at Old Trafford. Manchester United finished second in the Premier League but were eventually 19 points behind champions Manchester City. Elsewhere, Claude Puel's Leicester secured ninth but had a poor second-half of 17/18 with European football slipping away from the Foxes.

In regards to Manchester United, Mourinho also has a few absentees to consider. World Cup returnees such as Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard and Marouane Fellaini are all doubts due to their fitness. Elsewhere, Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matić, Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo, Sergio Romero and summer signing Diogo Dalot are all ruled out. Eric Bailly could be ready for the match against the Foxes.

It remains to be seen if either of Leicester's deadline day recruits will feature at Old Trafford. The Foxes also have a few injury doubts to contend with. Former Red Devil Jonny Evans is a doubt with a muscle injury, whilst Demarai Gray could also be restricted to the sidelines with an ankle problem. Midfielders Nampalys Mendy and Matty James are certainly not going to take part.

Meanwhile, Leicester recruited two centre-backs on deadline day. First, they swooped for young, Croatian defender Filip Benković from Dinamo Zagreb for approximately £13m. They also secured the signature of SC Freiburg centre-back Çağlar Söyüncü for a reported £19m. However, the Foxes also got a huge boost as striker Jamie Vardy penned a new four-year contract at the club.

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We have to start with Harry Maguire and his future. Following a stunning World Cup in Russia, the England defender was the subject of two reported bids from none other than José Mourinho's Red Devils. However, Leicester held firm and he could be set to line up for the Foxes today. I dread to think how Mourinho will feel if he scores today!

Well, the dust has only just settled on an extremely busy day yesterday with Premier League transfer deadline day. We saw a few fascinating deals go through and these two clubs were certainly in the headlines.

My name is Daniel Orme and I will be taking you through all of the headlines, build-up, live commentary, reaction and analysis. What a lucky bunch, you are!

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