Leicester City’s miraculous Premier League Championship celebration will be postponed at least until Monday after a 1-1 draw against Manchester United on Sunday night at Old Trafford.
The Foxes had a chance to become champions for the first time in theri club’s 132-year history if they beat Manchester United away at Old Trafford, which would widen their gap between runners-up Tottenham to 10 points, mathematically impossible for Spurs to catch up with the remaining three games (9 points max.). Manchester United on the other hand, needed to win this game in order to get into top 4 where they can qualify for a place in the Champions League next season.
Leicester’s road to impossible dream started off rough though as Manchester United dominated in early stages following Anthony Martial’s half volley strike creeping under keeper Kasper Schmeichel’s arm after just 8 minutes into the game.
The home side were controlling the game after scoring the opener, but Leicester kept their dream alive following their first proper attack. Daniel Drinkwater’s free-kick delivery fell right on captain Wes Morgan’s head, who squeezed the ball into the bottom left corner to equalize for the Foxes.
Leicester were nearly in trouble after Danny Simpson made a poor pass which sent United midfielder Jesse Lingard through on goal, but the Foxes keeper Schmeichel came to rescue as he rush forward to clear the ball away after half-hour mark.
With 5 minutes to go in the first-half, Morgan had another chance to score for the Foxes following his free-header from the corner but his attempt blasted high above United’s goal. That proved to be the last chance in the first-half.
Second half started aggressively from both sides with Wes Morgan yet again having another chance from a corner after not even a minute in the second-half but De Gea responded well with a comfortable save. United’s Martial then later pounced forward with a curling attempting from about 10-yards but his attempt went slightly above the crossbar.
Second half looked more promising for Leicester with their high-pressure and quick-tempo tactics. And they were inches close to give them the lead early in the second-half, but Okazaki’s foot was not close enough to tap in from 3 yards after Danny Simpson rolled the ball into the danger area.
Despite of the powerful start from both sides in the first 10 minutes of the second half, the next chance didn’t come until the 70th minute when Riyad Mahrez’s shot was going into the top-corner but it was rather comfortably held by David De Gea, who was busy during the second-half handling all the pressure from Leicester’s attackers. United then later had a chance on goal from Chris Smalling’s header, but his attempt skimmed the post which kept the game level for both sides.
The game then got too heated up with 4 minutes to go as Daniel Drinkwater was sent off from a second yellow card after the referee believed United’substitute Memphis Depay was found his shirt tugged at the edge of the box. The foxes ended up having to play with 10 men with few minutes to go while United players argued at the ref that they thought Memphis was fouled in the penalty area, but referee Michael Oliver didn’t change his thoughts and awarded a free-kick. Few minutes later Wayne Rooney had a strike from 30 yards which was well-saved by alerted Schmeichel.
With 2 minutes left from 4-minute added time, United had a chance to win the game after a poor clearance from the Foxes defense rolled straight towards Memphis Depay, but it was brilliant denied by Schmeichel again after rushing out to deny the Dutchman’s strike which proved to have salvaged a valuable point for the Foxes as that became the final chance of the game with both sides level with a goal each on a high-spirited game.
The result meant that Leicester will have to wait for Tottenham’s result on Monday night to guarantee their championship status. If spurs lose or draw against Chelsea away then Leicester can have their party started. United on the other hand, would be disappointed not to earn full 3 points which might prove costly in their race for Champions League next season.
Do you think Leicester win complete the mission impossible after Spurs slip up on Monday? Or do you think the their fairy-tale will end in a shock sad ending? Leave your comments below!