It was the away side who started on the front foot looking confident in possession and a threat going forward. Pogba and Greenwood had both looked lively for United in the early stages. But it was Leicester who had the first meaningful effort on goal with Jamie Vardy bringing a good save out of Dean Henderson.
This sparked the home side in to life and on the 24th minute they took the lead. Fred’s catastrophic error handed Iheanacho the ball and he rounded Henderson before tapping it into the back of the net. Horrific goal to concede and it’s not the first time it’s happened.
Solskjaer’s side weren’t behind for long. After a neat passage of play and a good dummy by Van de Beek, the ball found Greenwood who passed it into the back of the net to make it 1-1. The sides went in level at the break but Leicester had been much the better team and United knew it.
Leicester started the second half where they left of in the first, on the front foot. United were all over the place and the pace of Vardy and Iheanacho was causing real problems for Lindelof and Maguire. The home side were knocking the ball around with ease and 7 minutes after half time they retook the lead. Tielemans drove forward with purpose before firing the ball into the bottom corner past Dean Henderson. United had almost stood and watched Leicester pass the ball around in front of them without applying any pressure!
The pattern of play didn’t change and Leicester looked like increasing their lead every time they went forward. On the hour mark Vardy should of put the game to bed but he got his finish all wrong. It was a real let off for United. Solskjaer decided it was time to freshen things up. He sent on Fernandes, Cavani, Shaw and McTominay in hope it would swing the game in United’s favour. Matic, Van de Beek, Telles and Pogba were the ones to make way.
Almost immediately United looked a different team and it was now Leicester who were on the backfoot. Fernandes was dictating play and Cavani was giving Evans and Soyuncu something to think about. United pressed and pressed but couldn’t find a way through. They were running out of time.
Leicester soaked up the pressure and then had a god spell of their own winning a free kick in a dangerous area. McTominay felt it was a harsh call from Andre Marriner and it was about to get worse. Albrighton’s ball in found Iheanacho and the Leicester forward had an easy finish for his second of the game. Once again it was dreadful defending by United with both Henderson and McTominay misjudging the flight of the ball.
Leicester now lead 3-1 and it was no more than they deserved. United had been poor all game giving the ball away on numerous occasions and they’d been made to pay for it. Fernandes worked Schmeichel late on but it was to no avail and Leicester eased through to the next round.
It had been a horror show from United from start to finish. The trip to Milan in midweek had clearly took a lot out of them but it’s certainly no excuse. Solskjaer will be hoping his side can bounce back against Brighton in 14 days time.
Man of the Match: Wilfred Ndidi