Alexis Sanchez endures miserable afternoon as Manchester United edge Leicester

Pogba sets up Rashford for Man United's opener (1:07)

English Premier League: Marcus Rashford (9') Leicester City 0-1 Manchester United (1:07)

Manchester United's revival under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continued with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

Marcus Rashford's early goal on his 100th Premier League appearance was enough to take the Norwegian's record to nine wins and a draw from his first 10 games to keep United in the hunt for a place in the top four.

It was a fifth successive away win in all competitions for United, something they have not managed since 2012 when Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge.

Rashford scored on nine minutes -- his sixth in 10 games under Solskjaer -- after Paul Pogba's pinpoint pass over the Leicester defence. The home side's best chance came from substitute Rachid Ghezzal's free-kick in the second half but it was brilliantly palmed away by David De Gea.


On his 100th Premier League appearance, Rashford showed what a mature centre-forward he is turning into. He should have scored with a header after four minutes but it didn't affect his confidence and just five minutes later he put United ahead after taking down Pogba's pass with a deft touch and calmly finishing past Kasper Schmeichel.

Solskjaer has made Rashford his first-choice striker at the expense of Romelu Lukaku and it's a decision he has got spot on.


Alexis Sanchez started a Premier League game for the first time under Solskjaer but the Chilean didn't do much to suggest Anthony Martial should not come straight back in when he is fully fit. Sanchez worked hard as always but that extra zip that has been introduced under Solskjaer was missing whenever he was on the ball.

Manager rating out of 10

7 -- After making changes against Burnley, Solskjaer went back to what has worked for him at the King Power, picking Ander Herrera in midfield and starting Rashford through the middle. He deserves credit for refusing to shut up shop and instead throwing on Martial in the second half despite coming under intense pressure as Leicester looked for an equaliser.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK David De Gea, 7 -- Produced a good save from Jamie Vardy's overhead kick in the second half and then made an even better one to keep out Ghezzal's free-kick.

DF Ashley Young, 7 -- Got forward a lot from right-back and could have been used more often had his runs been spotted. Covered a lot of ground up and down the right flank.

DF Luke Shaw, 7 -- Lovely clipped cross to the back post to create a chance for Rashford inside the first five minutes. Threw himself into a challenge in the penalty area to deny James Maddison.

DF Victor Lindelof, 7 -- On the end of a heavy challenge from Vardy in the first half that saw the Leicester striker rightly booked. Helped United keep a first clean sheet since Jan. 13.

DF Eric Bailly, 8 -- Back in the team at the expense of Phil Jones. Nearly had his head taken off diving in front of a fierce strike from Demarai Gray that looked like it might worry De Gea.

MF Nemanja Matic, 7 -- Took a tactical booking by hauling back to Ricardo Pereira to stop Leicester breaking. Occasionally risked a second but kept his discipline.

MF Ander Herrera, 7 -- Rested against Burnley but back in here. Becoming just as important in Solskjaer's midfield as Matic and Pogba.

MF Paul Pogba, 8 -- Summed up United's new style in creating Rashford's goal. Won the ball high up the pitch and laid the chance on a plate for Rashford all within the blink of an eye.

FW Jesse Lingard, 7 -- Had to work hard defensively to keep Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell in check. Saw one goal-bound effort well blocked.

FW Alexis Sanchez, 5 -- Starting a league game for the first time since Nov. 3 but didn't make the most of his chance. Always seemed to be on the fringes when United went forward and was substituted early.

FW Marcus Rashford, 8 -- Became the second youngest United player to reach 100 Premier League appearances. Missed an early header but produced a magical touch and finish to score from Pogba's pass.


FW Anthony Martial, 6 -- Could have scored on the break.

FW Romelu Lukaku, N/R -- Forced Schmeichel into a good save moments after winning the ball himself near the halfway line.

FW Phil Jones, N/R -- On in injury time and headed a Leicester cross away.