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Maguire and Fred error gift Leicester lead

Maguire and Fred's mistake prove costly as Leicester secure FA Cup semi final berth [Video]

March 21, 2021 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
The pair made a mess of an attempt to play out from the back to cost their side the lead in Sunday night's showdown.

Manchester United were forced to chase a win in Sunday's clash with Leicester City after a defensive mistake by Harry Maguire and Fred presented the host with the opportunity to get the opener. The pair made a mess of an attempt to play out from the back and ended up gifting the ball to Kelechi Iheanacho to break the deadlock.

United's unfortunate ordeal ensued in the 24th minute when Maguire received a pass from goalkeeper Dean Henderson and opted against kicking the ball in by hitting it to Fred who was facing his goal. The Brazilian midfielder, while to send the ball back to his goalkeeper, ended up under-hitting the the ball. Iheanacho then pounced on the loose ball to put the Foxes infront.

With seven minutes left until half-time, Mason Greenwood handed his side a lifeline by smashing home Paul Pogba's pass across after Donny van de Beek evaded the ball with a brilliant dummy. However, the Englishman's finish will only prove to be a consolation with Leicester ending their charge to progress to the semi-final by scoring two more goals in the second half.

Youri Tielemans restored the lead in the 52nd minute by driving his way through the United defense from midfield before smashing the ball into the bottom-left corner. Against the run of play, his side earned a free-kick on the right side of Manchester United's penalty box in the 78th minute and utilized it to stretch their lead. The ball was expertly executed by Marc Albrighton and headed home by Kelechi Iheanaco at the far post to take the scoreline to 3-1.

Meanwhile, the draw for the semi-final has been confirmed and Leicester City will face off with Southampton while Chelsea and Manchester City fight for the other remaining final ticket at Wembley.


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