Manchester United welcome Leicester City to Old Trafford for Saturday’s 17:30 instalment of the Premier League. It’s a fixture that seldom fails to entertain and has provided the fans with many memorable moments throughout the years. On the eve of this latest instalment, we take a look at three memorable matches against the Foxes.
1) 16 January 1999, Filbert Street: Leicester City 2-6 Manchester United
In what can only be described as a tale of two halves, Leicester stood tall against a star-studded United side and held their own for 45 minutes. Goals from Theo Zagorakis and Dwight Yorke ensured the home supporters had much to sing about at half-time.
The restart saw United respond in a typically aggressive fashion, marshalled by the charismatic Roy Keane.
Five goals shared between Andy Cole, Jaap Stam and a completion of Yorke’s hat-trick saw United romp to a 6-2 victory.
2) 21 September 2014, King Power Stadium: Leicester City 5-3 Manchester United
In a game that many United fans regrettably recall, the sting of the red’s capitulation can still be felt today. Louis van Gaal’s side travelled to the King Power and began with a menacing attack.
Robin van Persie opened the scoring, before Angel Di Maria sensationally doubled the visitor’s lead after 16 minutes. United would end the half with a 2-1 advantage, with Ander Herrera restoring a two-goal lead close to the hour mark.
What seemed like a job well done quickly turned on its head and the home side notched four goals in 20 minutes.
A day to forget for the travelling Reds.
3) 24 September 2016, Old Trafford: Manchester United 4-1 Leicester City
Leicester arrived in Manchester as reigning Premier League champions and had already lost as many games after six fixtures as they had in the entire previous campaign.
United capitalised on this and hit four in the first half. It was the first time that United had led by four at half-time since February 2001 and allowed the side to coast through the second half, inflicting further pain on the travelling support.
Let’s hope for a repeat tomorrow.