Luke Shaw scored his first ever career goal as Manchester United beat Leicester City 2-1, as the new Premier League season got underway. 

Paul Pogba opened the scoring with a third minute penalty from Daniel Amartey’s handball, before Shaw beat Ricardo Pereira to a Juan Mata cross and rounded the newbie to fire home from a tight left angle. 

Sub, Jamie Vardy earned Leicester a late consolation goal after heading in a rebound as Ricardo’s cross found the left post and bounced back out. 

United made a lightning start with Aleix Sanchez’s shot being handballed just 75 seconds in and a penalty was given. Pogba stepped up to fire the spot kick down middle past a helpless Kasper Schmeichel. 

Leicester then controlled the match with two golden chances coming from James Maddison and Demarai Gray either side of break. 

Maddison picked up a  29th minute pass from Ricardo but could only fire a shot straight at goal but found David de Gea in his way and shot was deflected for a corner. 

Gray then nearly equalised in 76th minute when he connected with a Jamie Vardy cross, only to flick it towards de Gea who was alert to clear the effort.

The result leaves the Red Devils top ahead of this weekend’s remaining fixtures whilst Leicester currently sit bottom. 

For the Foxes, this is their third consecutive season in which they have featured in the opening match away from home, losing all three live on Sky Sports. 

Next up for Jose Mourinho and Man Utd is a trip to Brighton next Sunday as part of Super Sunday, whilst Leicester host Wolves on Saturday 18th at the King Power Stadium. 

Post Match Reaction

Speaking to Sky Sports post match, Manchester United manager – Jose Mourinho was pragmatic about tonight’s action, saying; “Good way to start the Premier League as I see it. Good match and two good teams.

I needed six changes not three. Not enough for me.”

United’s second goalscorer, Luke Shaw described his first career goal as the ‘most important’, saying; “I don’t know. We worked a lot on it in training when Juan [Mata] comes inside and it gives me a platform to push on and get forward and I know the quality Juan got so knew he was going to pick me out and yeah I got it in the box and great first start but for me, its the first one and that is the most important.”

 

 

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