Second-placed Leicester twice came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw against third-placed Manchester United at the King Power Stadium today.
Manchester United came into the game with a 100 per cent record from their away games this season, and incredibly had maintained that record despite going behind in every game.
They did however buck that trend and took the lead after 23 minutes, Marcus Rashford sliding the ball into the bottom corner with a smart first-time finish past Kasper Schmeichel after Bruno Fernandes got a toe to a loose ball which fortunately rolled perfectly into the path of the England international.
The lead only lasted eight minutes, however, Fernandes being caught on the ball before Harvey Barnes stroked home from the edge of the area past a perhaps unsighted David de Gea.
Manchester United created a couple of good chances early on in the second half, Rashford being denied by a strong save by Schmeichel while an Anthony Martial strike soon after was ruled out for offside.
The Red Devils would however retake the lead with 11 minutes to play, Edinson Cavani – who had only been on the pitch for four minutes – dropping deep and slipping the ball into the path of Fernandes who slotted past the Danish ‘keeper to make it 2-1.
Bruno Fernandes has been directly involved in 52% of Man Utd’s Premier League goals since his debut in February (31/60).
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However, the Foxes pulled themselves level once again, Jamie Vardy peeling off the back of Eric Bailly and getting on the end of a drilled Ayoze Perez cross before scuffing his effort into the back of the net via a deflection off Axel Tuanzebe.
Neither side were able to find a winner in the remaining minutes, with Leicester getting their first draw of the campaign while United failed to win a league game for the first time on the road, and speaking afterwards Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he was ‘disappointed’ but insisted the draw wasn’t ‘the worst result’.
“Disappointed we didn’t win today because we had loads of big chances and we could’ve finished it off but they’re a dangerous side, the goal from Jamie Vardy just shows his quality,” he told BT Sport.
“It was a good goal from Marcus Rashford as well and I’m glad he scored. He knows the first chance was a glorious one [missed chance in the first half]. Missing that is just one of those things.
“Both goals should’ve been closed down quicker – the first one definitely and the second one we should manage to stop the cross. You always look at goals conceded, what we should’ve or could’ve done better.
“Of course we’ve got a game in three days – we have an extra recovery day which we will use wisely. One point is not the worst result but we’re disappointed to not get the three points against a tough side.”
The result sees both sides remain second and third, offering Liverpool the chance to extend their lead at the top when they take on struggling West Brom on Sunday.
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