Manchester United regain form with 4-1 thrashing of Leicester

Manchester United bounced back to form with a 4-1 thrashing of champions Leicester on Saturday to move up to third in the Premier League, for a few hours at least.

Chris Smalling, Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba, with his first goal for the club, scored in the first half to give United a first win in three league games.

"I think it was a very good performance," United manager Jose Mourinho said.

"Obviously it was a very good result. It's not easy to win against them and even more difficult to win in such an easy way.

"Today we had intensity, we had movement and we were very strong against a team that is easy to analyse but difficult to cope with."

Wayne Rooney was dropped from the starting United line-up and only came on late in the second half, but it was Leicester's inability to defend corners which cost them dear.

Three of the four goals came from corners, the first a header from Smalling before Mata finished a slick move with a superb finish.

Leicester then fell asleep at the next corner as Rashford scored from two yards out and Pogba, who signed for a world record 89 million pounds in the summer, powered in a header to make it 4-0.

Demerai Gray fired in a brilliant goal for an improved Leicester in the second half but it was just a consolation.

Later on Saturday, leaders Manchester City can extend their perfect start to the season if they win at Swansea.

Last update: Sat, 24/09/2016 - 17:36
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