June 17, 2019

Man United extend long unbeaten run with 3-0 Leicester thrashing

Manchester United continued their push for a top-four finish with a 3-0 win at champions Leicester City on Sunday (5/02/17), according to Reuters.

The comfortable thrashing at King Power Stadium extended United’s unbeaten Premier League run to 15 games.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan opened the scoring after he galloped onto Chris Smalling’s header in the 42nd minute and, with Leicester’s defence still recovering, Zlatan Ibrahimovic added a screamer two minutes later.

Juan Mata netted a third goal for United after some delightful link up play with Mkhitaryan in the 49th minute and United easily closed out the game against a Leicester side who have yet to score a league goal in 2017.

United stay sixth on 45 points, one point behind Liverpool and two behind fourth-placed Arsenal.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said he was happy since his team has not lost a league game since October last year, but need to win more matches going forward.

“It was really important for us. We lost two points in the last match at home and had three consecutive draws so we needed the points.

“I am happy. We don’t have a league defeat since October and if we tried to transform the unlucky draws to victories, we would be in an amazing position,” said Mourinho.

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri indicated that he is still confident in his players despite the tough season they are facing.

“When we conceded the first goal we got down. I don’t understand why. It’s important to be strong until the end and never give up. But the confidence is not so high.

“Last season was terrific but we are Leicester and every time we have to fight.

“We are together. I am fully confident in my players and the players are confident in me,” he said.

Claudio Ranieri’s men recorded one of the most unexpected title victories in British sporting history in 2015-16 but have returned to their former domain near the bottom of the Premier League table this term.

Mourinho has seen his side struggle to turn possession into victories once more in recent matches, having watched them mount a serious top-four challenge towards the end of 2016 with an improved run.

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