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Manchester United 2-1 Leicester
Manchester United won the Premier League curtain-raiser on Friday night as they saw off 2016 EPL champions Leicester.
Jose Mourinho’s side made the perfect start under the light at Old Trafford as the seek to usurp noisy neighbours City at the top flight summit.
Paul Pogba scored the first goal of the EPL season inside three minutes.
The World Cup winner converted from the spot after Daniel Amartey’s inexplicable handball in the box under no pressure gave referee Andre Marriner no choice.
Kelechi Iheanacho glanced wide at the other end soon after, although the offside flag should probably have been raised anyway.
New signing James Maddison was then denied by David de Gea’s outstretched right arm as the Foxes pressed.
Half time came at the wrong time for the visitors, as United regrouped.
Juan Mata’s shot deflected wide just after the hour mark, following a smart run and pass by Alexis Sanchez.
But the good work was almost undone when untrusted left back Luke Shaw dithered in the 75th minute.
He was dispossessed by substitute Jamie Vardy, who crossed tidily only for Demarai Gray to fluff his golden chance.
Romelu Lukaku should have scored himself at the other end three minutes later.
The big Belgian was denied by keeper Kasper Schmeichel when one-on-one after another Sanchez pass.
But Shaw atoned for his earlier lapse to seal the deal with seven minutes to play.
The ex-Southampton man notched his first United goal in front of the Stretford End when he took a touch before prodding in from six yards out.
Vardy bundled in with seconds left on the clock but it was too little too late for Claude Puel’s side.
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EPL Fixtures on 11 August
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