Manchester United maintained their perfect start to the new campaign with a 2-0 defeat of a difficult Leicester City side at Old Trafford on Saturday.
The Red Devils have now won three in three, keeping three clean sheets, with the latest coming against the Foxes.
United were in control of proceedings at OT, and were presented with an opportunity to take the lead when referee, Michael Oliver pointed to the spot, but Romelu Lukaku failed to add to his two PL goals after his spot kick was saved by goalkeeper, Kasper Schmeichel.
Three minutes later, however, United went ahead after Marcus Rashford scored from a corner, three minutes after coming on as a substitute.
- Advertisement -
It was 2-0 twelve minutes later, as Marouane Fellaini, also a substitute, scored the decisive second with his knee to seal the win for the Jose Mourinho’s side.
United went into the game in a confident mood, and were favorites to continue their impressive start to the new campaign, and started the brightest of the two.
After dominating from start, the home side came close to breaking the deadlock in the 13th minute through Henrikh Mkhitaryan, whose effort was deflected into Schmeichel’s path, with the goalkeeper saving easily.
The Red Devils finally had the ball in the Leicester net moments later, after Schmeichel spilled a Lukaku shot, with Juan Mata scoring the rebound, which was immediately ruled out for offside.
It was really United against Schmeichel as the Danish safe hands denied United once again, after making an excellent one handed save to deny Mata.
The Foxes finally had a chance of their own in the 23rd minute, which David de Gea did well to save, denying Shinji Okazaki, before Paul Pogba went close for the hosts in the 24th and 35th minute respectively, as the game remained goalless at the break.
Six minutes after the break, United were given a chance to break the deadlock, after Danny Simpson handled an Anthony Martial cross in the box, with Oliver wasting no time to point to the spot.
Lukaku stepped up to the plate, but Schmeichel, once again, guessed right to brilliantly stop the 24-year-old’s spot kick.
However, with 20 minutes left on the clock, Schmeichel’s resolve was finally broken as he could do nothing to stop Rashford, who had replaced Mata three minutes earlier, from putting United ahead with a volleyed shot, off a Mkhitaryan corner, to hand the home side a 1-0 advantage.
United doubled their lead eight minutes from time, when another substitute, Fellaini found himself at the end of a Jesse Lingard cross, before slotting home with his knee from six yards out to all but seal a third win on the bounce for the Red Devils.
There was still time for Leicester to probably grab a late consolation, but Gray’s low cross from the left was directed to goal by King, but De Gea was very alert to clear with his leg, to ensure United kept a third clean sheet in an many matches.
It’s the sixth time in United’s history that they will be keeping a clean sheet in their first three matches of the season.
Up next for Mourinho and his side his a trip to Bet365 to battle Stoke City after the international break, while Leicester welcome defending champions, Chelsea to the King Power stadium.