Goals from captain Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw was all Manchester united needed for a winning start to the season.
It was barely 4 minutes into the new season, when Paul Pogba fired United ahead from the penalty spot, after Alexis Sanchez shot was handled by Daniel Amartey. Luke Shaw added a second half strike to sealed the win for united, with Jamie Vardy’s added time goal coming as a consolation.
Jose Mourinho handed Paul Pogba a starting role, despite returning to training on Monday due to his involvement with France at the world cup. Pogba, who was handed the captain ban wasted no time as he converted from the penalty spot after a nice jogging. A pass from Luke Shaw fell on Alexis Sanchez in the box, whose shot was properly handled by Ghanaian midfielder Amartey. Pogba then step up and fired the ball into the right corner of the net. This therefore, makes Pogba the fourth player to open a season with a penalty.
After United early dominance, it was then Leicester’s as they went all out in search of an equalizer. With Wilfred Ndidi, James Maddison and Ricardo Pereira coming close.
Despite, efforts from both sides the first part of the game ended with the lone penalty goal.
The second half started with some nice play from both teams. New signings were out to impress. James Maddison showed some nice foot work for Leicester, while Fred proved to be a hard worker for Manchester United.
First substitution came in the 63rd minute. Leicester introduced Ghezzal and Vardy for Amartey and Maddison respectively. United made their first substitution in the 67th minute. Lakaku coming in for Rashford, United new number 10.
At the 83rd minute Luke Shaw then fired united into a two goal lead, after dashing unto Juan Mata pass.
Pogba was substituted immediately after the goal. This proof to be costly as Leicester led a late onslaught on united. Leicester effort paid off in the 92nd minute. Vardy headed home from close range after Ricardo’s cross deflected off the post. It will only serve as a consolation as Leicester failed in their quest to salvage a point.
United will now prepare for their next game away to Brighton, while Leicester host new comer Wolves.