Leicester came from behind to win 4-2 against Manchester United and finish their opponent 29 games unbeaten away from home.
Mason Greenwood opened the scoring with a stunning shot but Yuri Tillmans set up a special goal before Caglar Soyuncu put Leicester ahead late in the game.
Marcus Rashford looked like he had saved something, but Jamie Vardy immediately regained the advantage before Batson Dhaka secured the score in injury time.
Leicester were more than deserved as Brendan Rodgers’ side played the most active football of all time to finish a four-game streak without a win.
The defeat left Ole Gunnar Solskjaer under greater scrutiny as United’s winless run spans three games and continues to appear for less than the sum of their expensive parts.
Lester: Schmeichel (6), Pereira (7), Amarte (6), Evans (7), Soyuncu (7), Castane (7), Somare (7), Telemanse (8), Madison (7), Vardy (8), Ihenacho (7)
Subs: Perez (7), Dhaka (7), Westergaard (unknown)
Manchester United: De Gea (6), Wan-Bissaka (6), Lindelof (6), Maguire (5), Shaw (6), Matic (6), Pogba (6), Greenwood (8), Fernandes (6), Sancho (6) Ronaldo (5)
Subs: Rashford (7), McTominay (6), Lingard (6)
man of the match: Yuri Tillmans
How did Leicester win the excitement?
Although Leicester have struggled lately, they started the game on purpose with Kelechi Iheanacho causing problems for United’s defense as a result of the direct run.
They threatened twice in the penalty area just so no one could catch pieces from Jamie Vardy and James Madison before the latter was forced to save David de Gea.
The fans enjoyed the hosts’ desire to attack but gave United opportunities to counter-attack with Greenwood testing Kasper Schmeichel.
It proved to be a warning that Leicester did not respond, although there was not much that could be done about the young striker’s opening goal. It was a terrible blow.
Bruno Fernandes supplied the ball with the ball, and this was the kind of situation in which teams could encourage an opponent to take a shot, but Greenwood hit the ball into the far corner.
Fans were dumbfounded but the Leicester players weren’t too disappointed. Good play from Maddison led Ricardo Pereira to close in the air in a quick equalizer.
With Solskjaer naming such an attacking lineup, there seemed to be a slim possibility of the match being closed, so chances were proven to come at both ends.
Jonny Evans was fit enough to play for Leicester, while Brendan Rodgers chose duo Kelechi Iheanacho and Jamie Vardy up front with James Madison backing.
Harry Maguire made a surprising return in front of his former team after recovering from injury, while Cristiano Ronaldo returned to the squad after resting against Everton.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s sudden shot sparked a reaction that saved from Schmeichel, but instead it was Tillmans who scored a moment later to forget Harry Maguire.
Having been attacked by the crowd on his return, he was on his heels waiting for a pass from De Gea and this hesitation was all Iheanacho needed to steal and intercept.
Tillmans tricked the United goalkeeper with a lofty cross shot that reached the top corner and the King Power Stadium exploded.
Rodgers’ side started playing with real confidence, and Madison found a gap between the lines with Iheanacho’s effort that proved the culmination of a flowing passing move.
Drama of the second half
In the second half, the pattern continued with Leicester investigating and clarification of United’s threat. Madison shot. Nemanja Matic came close to a fierce shot.
But while Rashford came back off the bench, it was Leicester who were doing everything they could when De Gea fired Tielemans’ shot at the post before substitute Dhaka came close too.
The goalkeeper could not keep them away forever, however, when the ball fell nicely to Soyunko inside the penalty area, Leicester were ahead for the first time.
With the home side’s fans rushing in, Pereira nearly doubled the lead but then came the twist – a horrific defense that allowed Victor Lindelof’s long pass to find Rashford.
The England striker’s goal wasn’t so dangerous and suddenly United had a lifeline but it only lasted seconds as substitute Ayos Perez found Vardy at the other end.
The striker’s end was quite certain, sparking ecstatic celebrations and this time there was no turning back as Daka added a fourth from close range in the far corner to seal it off.
For Leicester, the afternoon was unforgettable. For United, with Ronaldo unidentified throughout, the memory will remain for all the wrong reasons.
Manchester United individuals – Solskjaer under great pressure
Paul Merson at Saturday’s football game:
“I think Solskjaer is in a spot of trouble.
“I said before this game, if he can get past November and still have a job, then to me that means Manchester United have every chance of winning the Premier League because they have had some terrible games and that was the beginning.
“It wasn’t a smash and snatch from Leicester, they totally deserved it. United are suffering. They will play at home against a team in the bottom half and play with McTominay and Fred in the midfield position. They go to Leicester and play one in Matic, who was a top-tier player. But he didn’t have the legs.Pogba is the World Cup winner but he will play at his own pace.
“They don’t get that energy in midfield. They are individuals. They are not a team. They play their own way and don’t have legs all over the field. For me, Solskjaer is under a lot of pressure.”
Running hard for Manchester United
United face a massive slate of matches in October and November as they look to keep up with the Premier League and secure Champions League qualification, with Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester Derby looming on the horizon.
October 20: Atlanta (H) – UEFA Champions League, 8pm
October 24: Liverpool (H) – Premier League, 4:30pm, live Sky Sports
October 30: Tottenham (A) – Premier League, 5:30pm, live Sky Sports
November 2: Atlanta (A) – Champions League, 8pm
November 6: Manchester City (H) – Premier League, 12.30pm, live Sky Sports
November 20: Watford (A) – Premier League, 3pm
November 23: Villarreal (A) – Champions League, game 45 minutes
November 28: Chelsea (A) – Premier League, 4:30pm, live Sky Sports
November 30: Arsenal (H) – Premier League, 8pm
- Leicester have won three consecutive meetings with Manchester United in all competitions for the first time since November 1901.
- It was Manchester United’s first defeat away from home in 30 matches, since a 2-0 loss to Liverpool in January 2020. It was the first time the Red Devils had conceded four goals in a non-league game since April 2019 (0-4 against Everton.) .
- Leicester have conceded in seven consecutive Premier League games for the first time exclusively under Brendan Rodgers’ management, with the Foxes remaining in the last extended stretch between January and March 2019 (10 games under Boyle, Will and Rodgers).
- There were only 54 seconds between Marcus Rashford’s equalizer for Manchester United, and Jamie Vardy who put Leicester ahead 3-2.
- Jamie Vardy of Leicester is the second oldest player (34 years, 278 days) to score in four consecutive Premier League games, after Gary McAllister in May 2001 (36 years and 127 days).
- Leicester’s Batson Dhaka became the first Zambian player to score in the Premier League, with 105 different countries now having the top scorer in the competition.
- Five of Mason Greenwood’s 21 Premier League goals for Manchester United came from outside the box (24%) – of all players who have scored at least 20 goals for the club in the competition, only David Beckham (55%) and Nani (31%) have scored A higher share from a distance.
- Kelechi Iheanacho has contributed 23 goals in his last 26 games for Leicester in all competitions (17 goals, 6 assists), as the Nigerian set the equalizer for Yuri Tillmans today.
Leicester meet Spartak Moscow on Wednesday in the Europa League before traveling to London to face Brentford on Sunday.
Manchester United host Atalanta in the Champions League on Wednesday evening, before Liverpool visit Old Trafford on Sunday next weekend.