Manchester United played out an entertaining 1-1 draw with Leicester City at the King Power Stadium in a hard-fought match, which saw Bastian Schweinsteiger net his first goal for the club.
Jamie Vardy was undoubtedly the story of the day as he scored for the 11th game in succession – a Premier League record – to put the Foxes in front on 24 minutes, before Schweinsteiger levelled proceedings on the stroke of half-time.
The boss made four changes to the side that featured in the midweek draw with PSV Eindhoven, bringing in Paddy McNair, Juan Mata, Ashley Young and the fit again Michael Carrick whose return offered a timely pre-match boost.
Unsurprisingly, proceedings kicked-off at a lively tempo as a raucous atmosphere provided the perfect backdrop as the teams began to sound one another out in the opening exchanges. It was the home side that had more of the ball to begin with, but van Gaal’s men soon warmed into the game, probing around the Leicester 16-yard-box as the Reds searched for the ideal start.
The forward line of Anthony Martial, Wayne Rooney and Mata showed some nice touches, helping to win a flurry of corners that would, however, aid United’s downfall as Vardy’s prolific run continued.
Kasper Schmeichel claimed comfortably from Daley Blind’s set-piece before wasting no time in picking out Christian Fuchs as the Foxes sprung out of defence. Finding himself in acres of space, the Austrian played through a pinpoint ball to find Vardy who demonstrated all the hallmarks of striker in form as he coolly slotted past David De Gea. The Englishman peeled away to milk the acclaim of the Leicester fans, as the King Power stood to salute the man who had just broken Ruud van Nistelrooy’s run of scoring in ten consecutive games.