Manchester United put in an exhilarating show at Old Trafford as they destroyed Ahmed Musa’s Leicester City by 4-1 with world most expensive player Paul Pogba opening his goals account.
Jose Mourinho benched Captain Wayne Rooney and Belgian Marouane Fellaini while Claudio Raneiri started the same team that hammered Burnley 3-0 at the King Power Stadium last week.
The Red Devils were bruised after losing three games in eight days with the 3-1 win in the EFL Cup against Northampton doing little to restore their confidence but against the Foxes they started like a house on fire.
United won a corner and with Rooney on the bench, Daley Blind took responsibility and his deliveries were so on point. The Dutch international sent in an inviting ball from a corner and Chris Smalling who was handed the Captain’s armband rose highest to nod home for 1-0.
The visitors immediately won a corner from the restart and Pogba cleared comfortably. The Frenchman who enjoyed his best first half in a Manchester United shirt fired in a shot from 30yards but Ron-Robert Zieler in goal for Leicester saved.
However, he could not do anything as Pogba and Jesse Lingard combined to set up Juan Mata and the Spaniard volleyed into the net to make it 2-0.
At this point, Mourinho’s men were coasting and added a third from a brilliant corner routine as Blind passed into Mata who was unmarked inside the Leicester City box and with the defenders sleeping he slipped the ball into the part of wunderkind Marcus Rashford and he made no mistake as he completed it 3-0.
The Red Devils weren’t satisfied as they won another corner and Blind again delivered a sumptuous ball into the penalty box and Pogba headed into the net to send the fans into wide frenzy and of cause the dab came out as he celebrated his first gaol for United since returning to the club.
The first half ended 4-0 in favour of Manchester United – the last time they led at half-time by a four goal margin in the premier league was against Arsenal in Feburary 2001 where they scored 5-1.
Leicester City manager Raneiri brought on Andy King and Damarai Gray for the ineffective duo Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez as they looked to savage some pride from the game.
And it was Gray that scored as he cut inside from the left and picked out the top corner in a superb manner to register a consolation goal for the visitors.
Mourinho sent on Michael Carrick for Jesse Lingard and Wayne Rooney for Marcus Rashford as they tightened up the midfield.
Nigerian international Ahmed Musa was an unused substitute as Leicester slumped to a second 4-goal margin defeat after losing 4-0 to Liverpool earlier in the season.