Premier League: Leicester City 2-2 Manchester United

Marcus Rashford composed strike in the 23rd minute put his side in front and was the forwards 50th Premier League goal.

It was the first time this season that United have scored the opening goal in a Premier League away game, despite boasting a 100%-win record in those fixtures.

The lead didn’t last long, however, as Harvey Barnes’ hammered effort from 18-yards-out flew into the bottom right-hand corner of David De Gea’s goal.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side may have felt they deserved to be in front when the half-time whistle was blown considering Rashford missed what was arguably the easiest chance of the game only minutes in.

The second half of the Boxing Day fixture presented much of the same as the first, with both teams looking evenly matched until the visitors broke the deadlock.

Substitute striker Edinson Cavani turned playmaker as he played Bruno Fernandes in who, made no mistake in firing the Red Devils back in front with only 10 minutes to spare.

The game’s final twist was still to come however, as Jamie Vardy’s 85th minute effort deflected in of the knee of Axel Tuanzebe to rescue a point for The Foxes.

The results means Leicester City remain in 2nd place in the Premier League, one point in front of 3rd-placed Manchester United.

Tuanzebe determined to make big United impact

Even with Harry Maguire and Eric Bailly injured, it was a big call from manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to include the 22-year-old in an unfamiliar back three up against Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria.

Making his first appearance since the Carabao Cup win against Colchester in December 2019, the United academy graduate stepped up impressively and helped his side to another fine win in the French capital.

Anthony Martial’s own goal cancelled out Bruno Fernandes’ retaken penalty, but Marcus Rashford slammed home at the death to secure a 2-1 victory that Solskjaer’s side deserved from their Group H opener.

“It was good, it was good to get a run out,” Tuanzebe said. “It’s a difficult game to come back to, but I’m just happy we’ve got the win.

“For us, we came here to win. We’re in this competition to compete.

“We showed PSG respect, but ultimately we’re the bigger team and we want to dominate and get the three points.

“We’re a big club and we’re out here to compete. We’re not here for the music or just for the parade.

“We worked hard last season to be in this competition, so we want to be the best we can and we wanted to start off just as we did today and continue that momentum going forward.”

Tuanzebe spoke with the authority he displayed in defence, where one particular challenge with World Cup-winning star Mbappe underlined his capabilities to be a top defender.

Solskjaer lauded the 22-year-old for his “unbelievable performance” in Paris – a display the United boss admitted “almost surprised” the coaching staff as they “know he’s a good player but on a night like this, he was fantastic”.

Tuanzebe completed the full match on his first appearance of 2020 and showed he is capable of starting for United, having shone in the 3-5-2 system that was so effective at the empty Parc des Princes.

“I’m feeling OK,” he said. “You train hard for this.

“I’ve been with the rehab team and they’ve been getting me in every day and working hard for these kind of moments, so it’s finally paid off.

“Obviously to aid the team and it being a difficult game, we tried something new (tactically) and it paid off.

“And we’re happy that it paid off. Three points and happy days.”

Tuanzebe praised Alex Telles for his “solid performance” at left wing-back on his debut, while he was as impressed as everyone else by Rashford after securing a late win at PSG, just as he did 19 months ago.

“I kept telling him through the game, ‘I want my goal, I want my goal!’ and he delivered, so I’m just happy for him,” the defender told MUTV.

“He’s delivering week in, week out for the team and I just want him to keep going and helping the team out.”

Premier League: Newcastle United vs Manchester United

The two sides are coming off the back of differing domestic results, with the Magpies trying to build on a 3-1 win over Burnley at St James’ Park last time out, while Man United try and bounce back from a 6-1 hammering at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur.

The same fixture last season was one of Newcastle’s highest points of their campaign, when Matty Longstaff sealed the points with a debut goal in front of the St James’ Park crowd. Fast forward ten months and there will be no crowd to take in the action and possibly no Longstaff either, as he continues to struggle with injury.

Newcastle received a boost during the international break through Allan Saint-Maximin, with the French winger signing an improved deal to keep him at the club until 2026. After Man United’s performance against Spurs last week, he’ll be salivating at the thought of facing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side this weekend.

Steve Bruce will have to patch up his side once more though, with Jamal Lewis, Matt Ritchie, Paul Dummett, Ciaran Clark, Dwight Gayle and Martin Dubravka all sidelined with injuries.

Miguel Almiron played for Paraguay in the week and should be available, while Fabian Schar came through Switzerland’s Nations League games without issue and could come into the starting XI.

As for the visitors, they’ll be without Anthony Martial after his red card against Spurs, while new signing Edinson Cavani is still self-isolating due to COVID-19 precautions. Alex Telles could make his debut after joining from FC Porto.

Axel Tuanzebe could be involved after an ankle injury, and Eric Bailly is also expected to make it, despite suffering a hamstring injury while playing for Ivory Coast.

Harry Maguire’s inclusion will be the main talking point, with the defender’s form being called into question after his performance against Spurs, before another mistake led to a red card during England’s Nations League defeat to Denmark.

Rumours of a bust-up with Bruno Fernandes have been played down by all involved, but all is clearly not right at Old Trafford.

Newcastle United take on Manchester United at St James’ Park on Saturday, October 17th. Kick-off is at 8pm.

Leicester City host Manchester United in Top Four showdown

The Foxes have had a turbulent restart, with a dip in form coinciding with them losing their cushion in the top 4.

The same cannot be said for Manchester United however, who have been in brilliant form – with their only defeat in the last 20 games in all competitions coming in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final loss to Chelsea.

That momentum has seen United break in to the top 4 for the first time since September – but they will only stay there if they avoid defeat to Leicester on Sunday.

It promises to be a fascinating encounter, with both sides knowing a draw, plus a Chelsea defeat against Wolves, will see both clubs finishing in the top 4.

Brendan Rodgers is without six first team stars however, ahead of is undoubtedly their biggest game of the season.

Ricardo Pereira, James Maddison, Christian Fuchs and Ben Chilwell all miss out with injury, whilst Caglar Soyuncu suspended.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has injury issues of his own, with United short on defensive options.

Eric Bailly is sidelined after a clash of heads with Harry Maguire against Chelsea.

Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe are also missing, with Timothy Fosu-Mensah potentially coming in to start.

Luke Shaw is rated 50-50 to play, after failing to shake off an ankle knock he picked up against former club Southampton.

Leicester City v Manchester United at the King Power Stadium is a 4pm kick off on Sunday, July 26.