August 26, 2017
Manchester United relieved nervous fans with a 2-0 win over Leicester City after goals from substitutes Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini secured the win for Jose Mourinho’s men. United played the match in full flow as countless players broke the defence down and Nemanja Matic completely restricted Craig Shakespeare’s men on the counter-attack, but for some reason, the goal wouldn’t come.
Juan Mata’s rebounded goal was disallowed for offside, despite looking very much level to the last defender. Romelu Lukaku proceeded to miss a penalty that was illegally saved by Kasper Schmeichel, off his line. Many United fans were given memories of last season, in which the Red Devils couldn’t bury the ball into the back of the net despite playing excellent football.
However, substitute Rashford only needed one moment of excellence from Henrikh Mkhitaryan to score, as the Armenian international swung in an exquisite corner for the young Englishman to bury. Soon after, a moment of excellence from Jesse Lingard provided the same opportunity for Fellaini, showing that United’s options off the bench are already superb without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and allowing fans to speculate as to how positive matches could be with the experienced Swede.
Goals: Marcus Rashford 70′, Marouane Fellaini 82′
Assists: Henrikh Mkhitaryan 70′, Jesse Lingard 82′
Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Jones, Blind; Matic, Pogba; Mata (Rashford 67′), Mkhitaryan (Fellaini 74′), Martial (Lingard 75′); Lukaku
Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Smalling, Darmian; Herrera
Bookings: Henrikh Mkhitaryan 54′