Marcus Rashford celebrates his first goal of the season –press courtesy image Premier League official website
CAIRO –26 August 2017: Manchester United won their third match in the Premier League after beating Leicester City 2-0 on Saturday, August 26 at Old Trafford in game week three.
Manchester United dominated the ball since the start of the game and did not rest until the opening of the scoring.
Manchester substitute Marcus Rashford scored the first goal of the game in the 70th minute. Another substitute, Marouane Fellaini, added the second goal in the 82nd minute after shooting the ball in close range after an attempt by Jesse Lingard.
"We created a lot of chances, and in the first half we thought it might not go our way, but we got the goals. When the chances are coming, I am always confident of getting the goals; it is just a matter of when," Rashford said after the match.
Manchester United could have settled the game earlier, but Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku missed a penalty in the 54th minute, which was easily saved by Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
Man Utd’s coach, Jose Mourinho, preferred to involve Frenchman Anthony Martial instead of Marcus Rashford after scoring two goals since the start of Premier League, but returned to involve Rashford in the second half.
"That’s why we need them: they can make an opportunity to win the game, and they did today. We had so many chances; I was a bit scared, but we kept pushing. This season, the luck is falling our way, so we’re hoping to carry on like that," Paul Pogba said, hailing Man Utd's super subs.
Leicester tried to score a point in the game after giving a special defensive performance, especially in the first half; however, individual mistakes in coverage led to the teams collapse in the last 20 minutes.
"The blue wall was very well organized, and I give them credit for that. We missed a penalty, but after that, the team looked confident. If I was to choose one word to describe my team, I would say: solid," Jose Mourinho said after the win.
Played three games, won three; 10 goals, none conceded. It's been the perfect start for Jose Mourinho's men, and there must be some satisfaction for the manager in seeing his three substitutes producing two goals and an assist to seal the win.