Martial puts Leicester’s party on hold

MUFC-LCFC-16A win for Leicester City at Old Trafford earlier today would have seen them being crowned champions of the Premier League, however, Anthony Martial spoiled their party by scoring early on, and Wes Morgan could only secure one point for the Foxes in the end, as both teams went head-to-head in an exciting duel. Leicester’s hopes now reside on tomorrow’s match between Chelsea and Tottenham, whereby a faux-pas by Tottenham will mean that Leicester will be officially crowned as champions in next weekend’s game against Everton.

United needed only 8 minutes to score today, as Valencia’s cross was missed by Lingard, but fell into Martial’s path, and the striker made no mistake within a few yards out to beat Schmeichel. Okazaki went close at the other end, but United’s set-piece defending has been a mess in this game, and they paid the price on the 16th minute. Drinkwater floated a free-kick in the box, and Morgan used his physical presence to get past Rojo and head the ball past De Gea for the equalizer. Lingard was then denied by Schmeichel, before being brought down by Simpson, but failed to win a free-kick as the ref thought it was not a foul. Leicester however ended the first half on a high as Morgan once again made his presence felt in the box, but headed over the bar.

The Foxes came back with more attacking intentions in the second half, with both Okazaki and Ulloa coming close to finding the killer goal. Leicester’s approach in that half completely destroyed United’s passing game, and the Red Devils were forced to defend low as the Foxes pressed higher up on the field. Mahrez, fresh from his PFA Player of the Year Award, then tested De Gea with a long range effort after running chaos in United’s backline, which the United keeper boxed out. United belatedly got hold of the ball again, with eventually Drinkwater being shown a second yellow for a foul on Memphis just outside the box. Rooney forced Schmeichel into a save from the resulting free-kick, but the Foxes held on to the draw despite being down to 10 men, knowing that they still have 2 games remaining which can see them be crowned as champions should they manage to win both, along with Vardy’s return from suspension, or else if Tottenham stumble tomorrow, then they are definitely champions whatever the outcome of the last 2 games.