Man United failed to beat the Foxes on home soil as they now see their sixth spot in danger.
Leicester City held Manchester United to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Saturday. The Red Devils continued their goalscoring struggles while Leicester showed rare defensive stability.
No winners at Old Trafford!
Cristiano Ronaldo, who secured World Cup qualification with Portugal during the international break, missed the game through illness. Ralf Rangnick started Bruno Fernandes in front of a three-man unit of Anthony Elang, Paul Pogba and Jadon Sancho upfront.
Following a goalless first half, both sides showed more enthusiasm to push for the opener in the second period. Leicester dominated the possession and finally broke the deadlock through Kelechi Iheanacho in the 63rd minute.
However, the Foxes’ celebration did not last long as United found an equalizer only three minutes later. A half-clearance by Kasper Schmeichel provided the chance for Fred to make it 1-1 with a precise shot.
Leicester thought they had secured a winner when James Maddison scored their second goal of the night. However, the referee ruled out the goal after reviewing the goal with VAR.
What’s next for Man United?
The draw keeps United in fifth place, but they are now only three points above eighth-placed West Ham. The Red Devils will face Everton in their next game, hoping to have Ronaldo back by then.
With their mission of finishing among the top four becoming increasingly difficult, the uncertainty over Ronaldo’s future will further intensify in the coming weeks.
Manchester United: De Gea (6), Dalot (7), Varane (6), Maguire (5), Shaw (6), Fred (8), McTominay (7), Elanga (6), Pogba (6), Sancho (5), Fernandes (7).
Bench: Rashford (5), Matic (6), Telles (6).
Leicester City: Schmeichel (7), Justin (5), Evans (7), Fofana (6), Castagne (7), Tielemans (6), Mendy (7), Maddison (8), Dewsbury-Hall (7), Barnes (6), Iheanacho (7).
Bench: Choudhury (6), Daka (6), Amartey (7).