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EPL: Rashford, Fellaini send United to top

EPL: Rashford, Fellaini send United to top

Manchester United proved once again that they are in it to win it this season, as a 2-0 win over Leicester City made it three wins from their first three Premier League games of the season.

Marcus Rashford is the player who makes way for Martial, stopping United from naming an unchanged team for three successive league matches - something that has not happened since 2006.

The Foxes looked compact in defence with the latest member of the England squad, Kieran Maguire, commanding the back line alongside their captain Wes Morgan. Rashford was introduced for Juan Mata three minutes before his goal because his possession-based approach was waning in effectiveness and Mourinho wanted "a runner with and without the ball" to combine with Lukaku.

The second-half kicked off in the same fashion as the previous half had ended. Leicester are likely to defend deep and counter but that is what the home side have been strong at this season.

Fellaini doubled the advantage with a close-range finish after a lovely through pass by Jesse Lingard in the 82nd minute.

Despite Leicester's protests, referee Michael Oliver pointed to the spot and Lukaku stepped up hoping to continue his fine goal-scoring start since joining from Everton, yet Schmeichel guessed correctly, springing to his right, and parrying the attempt behind. While it did embolden Leicester enough for Riyad Mahrez to fire a couple of rare shots on goal, the United manager had a point.

Against the form team in the league, Leicester put up a decent display and while they did eventually come away from Old Trafford with nothing, they will have to take solace from the fact that now it's hard to deny this United side a win.

After the game, a Bournemouth steward complained to police that he had been struck by Sergio Aguero, who had come on as a substitute, during the celebrations.

Moving up the ladder in leaps and bounds
Moving up the ladder in leaps and bounds

Earlier, Raheem Sterling scored a dramatic 97th-minute victor to earn Manchester City a 2-1 victory at Bournemouth, but was then sent off after receiving a second yellow card for over-celebrating.

United did get lucky later on though, as Marouane Fellaini's goal was given despite the Belgian being in an offside position.

Fellaini added a second to put the game out of reach just eight minutes before full time.

Jose Mourinho's men were largely frustrated by the Foxes and it looked like being one of those days when Romelu Lukaku missed a second-half penalty.

Jose Mourinho says he is "very confident" after Manchester United won their third straight game to open the season, but he's not getting carried away quite yet.

Foxes manager Craig Shakespeare was disappointed that his team were undone at a set piece once more having been denied a point at Arsenal in their first game when Olivier Giroud nodded in a late victor from a corner.

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