It was always going to be a tough ask first up, and Leicester City, as many might have predicted after seeing the H2H record between the two teams, went down 2-1 at Old Trafford on the opening night of the Premier League season.
Leicester City’s starting XI in a 4-4-1-1 formation- Schmeichel; Amartey, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell; Ricardo, Ndidi, Adrien Silva, Demarai Gray, James Maddison, Iheanacho
The Foxes got off to the worst possible start when referee Andre Marriner ruled that Amartey had handled the ball in the box. Up stepped Paul Pogba to make it 1-0 from the spot for United.
After surviving an initial barrage, Leicester actually grew into the game, with Ben Chilwell and Demarai Gray getting plenty of space to run into on the left flank. United’s right side defence left plenty of gaps, with the likes of Darmian, Fred and Mata found wanting defensively at times.
It was eventually United who struck the killer blow- Luke Shaw’s first senior goal made it 2-0 to the Red Devils seven minutes from time. Leicester pulled one back through substitute Jamie Vardy, who headed in after David de Gea had allowed the initial cross to rebound back off the post.
Man Utd 2 (Pogba pen, Shaw) beat Leicester 1 (Vardy)
Leicester City have today completed the signing of Algerian international Rachid Ghezzal from French Ligue 1 outfit AS Monaco. The 26 year old becomes the club’ fifth signing of the summer after Danny Ward, Ricardo Pereira, Jonny Evans and James Maddison and is known to current boss Claude Puel from the latter’s time at Olympique Lyonnais.
It’s also a case of one Algerian out, another in, with Leicester letting Ghezzal’s compatriot Riyad Mahrez leave the King Power Stadium earlier this summer.
Ghezzal has put pen to paper a four year contract with the Foxes. The transfer fee was not officially revealed but reports in France have it to be around the 15 million euro mark. The Algerian made 35 appearances across all competitions for Monaco, including four in the Champions League.
Jamie Vardy has pledged his future to Leicester City after inking a new contract that will keep him at the King Power Stadium till June 2022. Vardy, 31, joined the Foxes from Fleetwood Town and was an instrumental part of their title winning campaign. He was also part of the England squad that finished fourth at the recently concluded World Cup.
After the departures of N’Golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez, Vardy is one of LCFC’s few marquee players, and manager Claude Puel will be hoping that he can help the club reverse their losing trend in their league opener. Leicester’s head to head record against United does not make for pretty reading, especially at Old Trafford, where the Foxes have won only once since the commencement of the PL.
With the new league season just around the corner, we thought we’d take stock of Leicester City’s signings for the summer so far. Claude Puel added Rachid Ghezzal to his ranks earlier this week, taking the number of major arrivals at the King Power this summer to 5.
Major transfers in for Leicester:
Jonny Evans (WBA)
James Maddison (Norwich)
Ricardo Pereira (Porto)
Danny Ward (Liverpool)
Rachid Ghezzal (Monaco) Continue reading
Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is reportedly a transfer target for Chelsea, according to various newspapers. The Blues are in the market for a keeper, with their No.1 Thibault Courtois expected to move to Real Madrid in the summer and Liverpool beating them to the signing of Roma’s Alisson Becker.
Schmeichel was in fantastic form during the recently concluded World Cup and was man of the Match for Denmark in their round of 16 clash against runners up Croatia despite the Danes ending up on the losing side. He also had the best save rate of any keeper at the tournament (for all players with over 2 appearances)