Rashford scores brace as Manchester United thrash Leicester

Marcus Rashford’s brace and Jadon Sancho’s goal saw Manchester United beat Leicester City 3-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

As a result, the Red Devils remained in third place, but closed the gap to second-placed Manchester City in the Premier League standings to just three points.

However, the visitors started the match on their front legs.

De Gea helps United weather storm

United had to thank goalkeeper David De Gea.

The Spaniard saved two specific goals within the first 20 minutes. First Harvey he denied Burns one-on-one, then Kelechi he shut out Iheanacho’s header with a full-length diving his save.

United weathered an early storm to give Leicester the lead with a Rashford goal in the 25th minute.

Bruno Fernandes played a nice out-of-the-boot pass, opened up the Foxes defense, and found the Englishman who made no mistakes by fending off Danny Ward.

United should have been leading 2-0 before the half-time whistle, but Diego Dalot failed to make contact with Fernandes’ clipping pass.

The Red Devils also had two brilliant chances after halftime but were unable to capitalize on decisive chances.

Lisandro Martínez headed in from a free header and Rashford was blocked by Ward, all within six minutes of the restart.

The team, led by Eric Ten Hag, eventually doubled their advantage when, following a timely weighted pass from Fred, Rashford calmly chose a spot and broke through the oncoming Ward.

Five minutes later, Fernández slammed into Sancho’s path again to make it 3-0.

Wout Weghorst should have made it 4-0 with two minutes remaining, but the Dutch striker missed a sitter as Ward again blocked United’s goal.

The final result meant that De Gea equaled Peter Schmeichel’s record (180) for the most clean sheets in Manchester United history.

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