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Watch: Manchester United Make Hard Work Of Leicester City As They Go Top Once Again

Manchester United’s rich vein of form continues, but not without a fight that at times beared the hallmarks of their woes in recent years.

The Red Devils are making the most of their generous start to the Premier League fixture-wise, and top the table once again with their third win from three, having defeated Leicester City 2-0.

Only one change was made from the side that demolished Swansea City by four goals to nil, with the impressive Anthony Martial replacing Marcus Rashford. Their opponents had the free-scoring duo of Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki up front, but they, along with Romelu Lukaku, came away from this Old Trafford clash empty handed.

United were dominant in the first 45, but flashbacks to the days of Louis van Gaal and Mourinho’s maiden season were evident, as the hosts struggled to break down the 2015/16 league champions.

Lukaku got his chance to make it four goals in three games via a spot kick for a hand-ball in the 52nd minute. However, Foxes ‘keeper Kasper Schmeichel channelled his father’s performances at the Theatre of Dreams in denying the prodigious Belgian.

The United faithful didn’t have to wait much longer for the deadlock to be broken, as Rashford, who had come on for Juan Mata just minutes earlier, tucked away a Henrikh Mkhitaryan corner with a superb volley on the 70 minute mark.

Another substitute in the oft-maligned Marouane Fellaini popped up in the 82nd minute to confirm the three points, and while United’s £75m arrival will be disappointed at not scoring himself, it’s encouraging for Jose Mourinho that players outside of the likes of Mkhitaryan and Martial are contributing to the scoresheet.

Perhaps the greatest string to United’s bow thus far has been their defence, with three clean sheets ensuring that they sit first in the league table with a goal difference of plus ten.

Next up for United is a trip to the Britannia, where Stoke City have already claimed the scalp of Arsenal, while Leicester welcome league champions Chelsea to the King Power Stadium.

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