– Manchester United on Friday night, August 10, beat Leicester City 2-1
– It was in the first Premier League game in the 2018/19 season
– Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw scored for United, while Vardy netted for Leicester
Captain Paul Pogba leads by example and Luke Shaw scores his first career goal to hand Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United a 2-1 win over Leicester City.
3′ Penalty Goal! Man Utd 1-0 Leicester (Pogba)
The ball strikes Amartey on the top of the arm from a deflection off Morgan and the referee points to the spot. A dream start for the home side. Pogba will take the penalty.
Pogba stutters on his run-up, taking an age to arrive at the ball. Once he does strike it, the Frenchman powers his effort into the top corner, beyond the reach of Schmeichel. The perfect start for Pogba and United.
83′ GOAL! Man Utd 2-0 Leicester (Shaw)
Shaw gets the goal to surely kill off the game. It’s a huge moment for the defender, notching his first career goal. He makes a late run down the left inside channel to latch on to Mata’s chipped pass. Shaw takes a touch to get back past Ricardo Pereira before guiding his effort under Schmeichel into the back of the net.
90+1 GOAL! Man Utd 2-1 Leicester (Vardy)
Leicester are still in with a chance here as Vardy opens his account for the term. Ricardo Pereira’s cross travels all the way through and strikes the post. Vardy is on hand to convert the rebound from close range.
Goals from Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw secured Manchester United an underwhelming 2-1 victory over Leicester City in the opening game of the 2018-19 Premier League season.
United went into the campaign on the back of a tumultuous pre-season that was dominated by discontent and a lack of signings, leading to Jose Mourinho making veiled digs at the club’s hierarchy and, while they secured all three points at home, the team’s display was hardly an emphatic response.
Initially all looked rosy at Old Trafford, as United’s encouraging start saw them go ahead through captain Pogba, but thereafter Leicester were the controlling force in the first period.
The only thing missing from Leicester’s display was a killer instinct in the final third before Jamie Vardy’s second-half introduction, though his stoppage-time effort was too little, too late, as Shaw’s first senior goal seven minutes from time proved decisive in the final reckoning.
United stroked the ball around confidently during the early exchanges and that poise was personified by Pogba when he placed a third-minute penalty into the top-right corner after Daniel Amartey was adjudged to have handled Alexis Sanchez’s deflected shot.
Manchester United XI: De Gea, Darmian, Bailly, Lindelof, Shaw, A. Pereira, Fred, Pogba (C), Mata, Sanchez, Rashford.
Subs: Grant, Smalling, Young, Fellaini, McTominay, Martial, Lukaku.
Leicester City XI: Schmeichel, R. Pereira, Maguire, Morgan, Chilwell, Gray, Amartey, Silva, Ndidi, Maddison, Iheanacho.
Subs: Ward, Evans, Vardy, Albrighton, Iborra, Fuchs, Ghezzal.