Stunning victory by Leicester City Jamie Vardy destroy Manchester United’s stars, Frank Lampard Chelsea hero turn Manchester City Hero !
Leicester City 5 Manchester United 3:Jamie Vardy ! English lad destroy fully foreign stars United!
Three years ago this week Jamie Vardy was sent off playing for non-league Fleetwood Town against Kidderminster Harriers.
But he has now made his mark on the Premier League in a spectacular individual display that saw Manchester United toppled, despite leading 3-1 on the hour mark of a thrilling, barely believable match.
As fairy tales go, Vardy’s takes some topping.
It has been a rags to riches journey from non-league to the very top in such a short space of time.
United’s beleaguered defence simply could not handle his pace as he scored one and made the other four.
Vardy has been nicknamed “Cannon” in the Leicester City dressing room because of his eccentric personality but he left United shot to pieces.
“I’m a bit of a nutjob in the changing room,” he said. “Someone has to be. The atmosphere at the training ground is brilliant. Every single one of us is a good mate and that’s how it should be.
“We’ll always go to win every game. That’s the only way we know how to play. There is a lot of work behind the scenes working on their strengths and weaknesses. Every chance has gone in the back of the net.”
Van Gaal struggled to comprehend what had happened to his side and few present could either especially after United’s free-flowing attack had appeared to have got the job done.
Leicester manager Nigel Pearson had suggested on the eve of the game that United had their “swagger” back and so it proved with the hosts struggling to handle an attack line worth millions of pounds.
They took a 13th-minute lead as Radamel Falcao, making his full debut, crossed for Robin Van Persie who headed in via a deflection off Liam Moore.
Then three minutes later Angel Di Maria showed the class that makes him an international superstar. He took on Wayne Rooney’s pass before scooping the ball over Kasper Schmeichel from 15 yards in a goal very reminiscent of Karel Poborsky for Czech Republic against Portugal in Euro 96.
Leicester are nothing but determined though. They pulled one back within 40 seconds with the express pace of Vardy helping him beat the bye-line to cross for Leonardo Ulloa who headed home despite the ball being behind him.
Nigel Pearson had boldly matched up United’s diamond formation in midfield but it appeared as if Van Gaal’s side had made their mark early in the second half. Falcao hit the bar and then they made it 3-1 as Ander Herrera’s cheeky flick from Di Maria’s shot beat Kasper Schmeichel.
No-one could see anything but a comprehensive United victory at this point as they appeared to follow-up their comprehensive 4-0 home win against QPR, which appeared to put down a title marker, in style. However, it was at this point that early season concerns about the quality of the United defence not matching that of the rest of the team came to be realised.
Jamie Vardy turned the game on its head with his turn of pace to justify his manager’s bold decision to take the game to United.
They reduced the arrears from the penalty spot on 62 minutes as Rafael was harshly adjudged to have fouled the Leicester number nine and David Nugent thumped the penalty down the middle.
Within two minutes, the hosts were level as Esteban Cambiasso fired home his first goal in English football after Vardy had laid off Dean Hammond’s shot following a poor ball by Rooney and two United defenders jumping for the same ball in the penalty area.
The England captain then lost his head as he shouted in the direction of all and sundry and there was only going to be one winner after that with the momentum switched.
Leicester City appeared to want it more and there was no more fitting person to put them in front than Vardy on 79 minutes. Juan Mata gave the ball away and Ritchie De Laet’s intelligent pass put the Sheffield-born striker in the clear as he offered a cool finish past David De Gea.
A fifth was to arrive seven minutes from time as Vardy turned Blackett outside the area and was brought down by the youngster prompting another penalty and a red card.
Ulloa stroked the ball into the corner to make it five games in five matches since his summer move from Brighton and to end any United hope of victory.
Van Gaal was criticised for spending too much on his attack at the expense of his defence and so it proved again. With Blackett now suspended and Jonny Evans leaving the ground on crutches following a first half injury, he has his work cut out to resolve his lob-sided squad.
Leicester City vs Manchester United Match Stats
Leicester City (4-3-1-2): Schmeichel 6; De Laet 7, Moore 7, Morgan 7, Konchesky 7; Cambiasso 8 (King 71, 6), Hammond 7, Drinkwater 6; Nugent 7 (James 75, 6); Ulloa 8, Vardy 9 (Schlupp 85).
Subs: Hamer, Mahrez, Wasilewski, Wood.
Goals: Ulloa 17, 83 (pen), Nugent 62 (pen), Cambiasso 64, Vardy 79.
Booked: De Laet.
NEXT UP: Crystal Palace (a) Saturday. PL.
Manchester United (4-3-1-2): De Gea 6; Rafael 5, Evans 6 (Smalling 30, 5), Blackett 5, Rojo 5; Herrera 6, Blind 6, De Maria 8 (Mata 76); Rooney 6; Van Persie 6, Falcao 7 (Januzaj 71, 6).
Subs: Shaw, Lindegaard, Fletcher, Valencia.
Goals: Van Persie 13, Di Maria 16, Herrera 57.
Sent off: Blackett 83.
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (County Durham).
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Manchester City 1 Chelsea 1 : Lampard dissapointed to Mourinho
Even Jose Mourinho grudgingly admitted a point apiece was a fair result and both teams will be happy enough with it – for different reasons.
Although Chelsea will be frustrated they threw away a lead against 10 men, Mourinho had set them up to contain Manchester City and if someone had offered him a draw at the start he would surely have taken it.
This was classic Mourinho. A superbly organised, disciplined performance that strangled the life out of the game for the most part. But then who can blame him against the team who rattled in over 150 goals last season?
City went into the game needing the win more than Chelsea but the fact they kept came back after falling a goal and a man down showed great character and turned what was shaping up to be a disastrous week into an acceptable one.
Two draws against Arsenal and Chelsea sandwiched the last-gasp Champions League defeat against Bayern Munich. Add in the defeat to Stoke before the international week and City have now gone four games without a victory for the first time since Mark Hughes’ era as boss.
But while he is concerned at the results, manager Manuel Pellegrini insisted afterwards he is not overly worried about performances and that only one team set out to win this game.
Despite knocking at the door for 90 minutes, however, City only forced one serious save out of Thibault Courtois, who was so well protected by John Terry and Gary Cahill.
But there was still plenty to encourage Pellegrini. Yaya Toure answered criticism of his form with a much more energetic midfield performance, Eliaquim Mangala’s belated debut was impressive, Vincent Kompnay underlined why he is the Premier League’s best centre back by keeping Diego Costa on a tight leash while the often unsung James Milner was awarded man of the match for a tireless shift and his assist for City’s equaliser.
Mourinho will be frustrated that an almost faultless tactical plan and defensive display – not to mention their 100 per cent start in the League – was wrecked by one lapse in concentration.
Of all teams, Chelsea should know Frank Lampard’s penchant for making late runs into the penalty. After all the bulk of the club record tally of 211 goals over his 13-year spell at Stamford Bridge were scored in similar fashion.
While Chelsea fans gave Lampard a rousing reception when he came on as substitute, but no-one expected his former team-mates to be so charitable by giving him the time and space to score a trademark goal.
For once City got in behind Chelsea’s back four when David Silva lofted an exquisite pass over the back four, Milner laid it off first time and there was Lampard running into the box to score with a first time half-volley.
He didn’t celebrate out of respect to Chelsea but his goal could prove highly significant come judgement day in May. It is early days but City were well aware they would have struggled to claw back an eight-point lead on a team that is so hard to beat.
Chelsea’s goal came when City were still reeling from the controversial 68th minute dismissal of Pablo Zabaleta. And until that point, it would have surprised no-one if the game had finished goal-less.
Booked in the first half for a foul on Eden Hazard, Zabaleta received a second caution from referee Mike Dean for chopping down Costa. At first it looked like Costa might be in trouble for putting his hands around the throat of the City defender but it was Zabaleta who walked – and replays suggested he couldn’t have too many complaints. Costa escaped with just a yellow card.
Almost immediately Chelsea took advantage. Pellegrini had sent on Bacary Sagna for Eden Dzeko but City were still re-adjusting when Andre Schurrle stole in at the far post to tap in Hazard’s low cross that had snaked it’s way right across the penalty area after a breakaway.
The way Chelsea had defended up until then, suggested City were done for. And the game would certainly have been beyond them had Costa not been denied a goal for the fifth League game running when his snap shot struck the post with Joe Hart beaten. But Lampard’s introduction 12 minutes from the end made the difference and for him, at least, it was the perfect result.
Manchester City vs Chelsea Match Stats
Man City (4-4-2): Hart 6; Zabaleta 6, Kompany 9, Mangala 7, Kolarov 6 (Lampard 78, 7); Milner 7, Toure 7, Fernandinho 7, Silva 7; Dzeko 6 (Sagna 70, 5), Aguero 6.
Goal: Lampard 85.
Sent off: Zabaleta.
Booked: Zabaleta, Fernandinho, Silva, Toure.
Next up: Wed – Sheffield Wed (h) Capital One Cup.
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Courtois 6; Ivanovic 6, Cahill 7, Terry 8, Azpilicueta ; Ramires 6 (Schurrle 62, 7), Matic 7; Willian 5 (Mikel, 62, 6), Fabregas 6, Hazard 5; Costa 5 (Drogba 85, 5).
Goal: Schurrle 72.
Booked: Ramires, Matic, Costa, Ivanovic.
Next up: Wed – Bolton (h) Capital One Cup.
Referee: M. Dean (Wirral).
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Barclays Premier League Match Week 5 Results
Saturday, 20 September
QPR 2 Stoke City 2
Burnley FC 0 Sunderland 0
Swansea City 0 Southampton 1
Newcastle 2 Hull City 2
Aston Villa 0 Arsenal 3
West Ham 3 Liverpool 1
Sunday, 21 September
Leicester City 5 Man United 3
Tottenham 0 West Brom 1
Man City 1 Chelsea 1
Everton 2 Crystal Palace 3