Manchester United beat Leicester on Rashford’s day

LEICESTER: Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford celebrated his 100th Premier League appearance on Sunday with a fine goal to secure a 1-0 win over Leicester City that kept interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s dream start going.
Having missed a simple header early on, 21-year-old Rashford compensated in the ninth minute, skilfully latching on to a lovely dink from Paul Pogba over Leicester’s defence to smash the ball past Kasper Schmeichel from close range.
“It was a great finish. The kid has improved and improved,” said a delighted Solskjaer, who has enjoyed nine wins and a draw in all competitions since taking over as caretaker manager from the sacked Jose Mourinho in December.
Rashford is the youngest player to reach a century of top-flight appearances for the Red Devils since Ryan Giggs in 1993.
Struggling under Mourinho, he and Pogba have been in superb form since the moment former Manchester United favourite Solskjaer walked in. Yet Sunday’s win lacked the fluency and joie de vivre of other performances.
Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez was disappointing again, looking miserable when substituted in the second half.
“They won’t be too happy. They know they can do better,” Solskjaer said of his team, smiling at the win even so.
The victory moved United onto 48 points, two adrift of Chelsea in fourth place. Solskjaer’s men have dropped points only once under him — a 2-2 draw with Burnley on Tuesday — and are now firmly aiming for the top four spot that would give them Champions League football next season.
— Reuters