MANCHESTER UNITED and Leicester are "pushing back hard" on proposals to make their clash the second Christmas Eve fixture.The two clubs have been approached by the league after Sky suggested making their game the second clash on December 24, with Arsenal vs Liverpool already scheduled.Arsenal have expressed doubts over whether or not they will have enough stewards and police to make the fixture safe.And Leicester could have the same problem at the King Power Stadium, on one of the most hectic days of travel on British roads.According to the Telegraph, Sky Sports are also frustrated at being criticised over the move, after paying £4.2billion for their part of the Premier League rights.Christmas Eve this year falls on a Sunday and Sky Sports have the rights to pick Super Sunday games as part of their regular Premier League schedule.But the prospect of a typically disruptive schedule around the holiday season is being even more disrupted is not viewed positively by the four clubs … [Read more...] about Leicester vs Manchester United set to be the second Christmas Eve game with the two clubs ‘under pressure’ to play the match
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LEICESTER were booed off at the King Power Stadium as a 3-0 hammering by Manchester United left Claudio Ranieri fearing for his job.But it could have all been different if Juan Mata had seen red for a forceful challenge on Jamie Vardy.After only being shown a booking by referee Anthony Taylor for what Jamie Carragher called an "orange card tackle", former Chelsea star Mata had the audacity to score United's third goal in a one-sided victory.It was hardly the luck Claudio Ranieri needed after admitting before the match that he could be sacked.United made the most of Mata's reprieve and punished the Foxes in the 42nd minute, when Mkhitaryan tapped the ball past Robert Huth and charged through on goal to fire at Kasper Schmeichel.Playing against the club where his father made his name, the Dane was beaten by the pace of the shot as it cannoned off his body and into the net.And a minute later things got worse for Leicester as Zlatan Ibrahimovic latched onto Antonio … [Read more...] about Leicester 0 Manchester United 3: Juan Mata escapes red card then scores as goals from the Spaniard, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic leave Claudio Ranieri’s job hanging by a thread
LEICESTER were booed off at the King Power Stadium as a 3-0 hammering by Manchester United left Claudio Ranieri fearing for his job.But it could have all been different if Juan Mata had seen red for a forceful challenge on Jamie Vardy.After only being shown a booking by referee Anthony Taylor for what Jamie Carragher called an "orange card tackle", former Chelsea star Mata had the audacity to score United's third goal in a one-sided victory.It was hardly the luck Claudio Ranieri needed after admitting before the match that he could be sacked.United made the most of Mata's reprieve and punished the Foxes in the 42nd minute, when Mkhitaryan tapped the ball past Robert Huth and charged through on goal to fire at Kasper Schmeichel.Playing against the club where his father made his name, the Dane was beaten by the pace of the shot as it cannoned off his body and into the net.And a minute later things got worse for Leicester as Zlatan Ibrahimovic latched onto Antonio … [Read more...] about Leicester 0 Manchester United 3: Watch highlights as Juan Mata escapes red card then scores as goals from the Spaniard, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic leave Claudio Ranieri’s job hanging by a thread
THE big Premier League kick-off is just 11 days away and another thrilling campaign looks in store.The Community Shield will pit champions Leicester against Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United on Sunday.Mourinho was one of a trio of super-bosses landing in England this summer, joining Pep Guardiola at City and Antonio Conte at Chelsea.None of their clubs were in the top three last season, while Jurgen Klopp has now had two transfer windows to mould his Liverpool side.With the clock ticking to kick-off, SunSport’s reporters have assessed how ready the seven clubs who should be fighting for the coveted Champions League places are.And we rate each club’s pre- season preparations out of five. How are they doing?MANAGER: Antonio Conte is a confident man and can certainly talk the talk. Now he must walk the walk.Has a real presence and is going to be a popular figure in the Premier League with his personality and passion.RECRUITMENT: N’Golo Kante is a massive … [Read more...] about Premier League pre-season: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Leicester, Tottenham, Manchester City, Manchester United – are the big guns ready for kick off?
ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC marked his competitive debut in perfect fashion with a winning goal as Manchester United lifted the Community Shield.Just moments after Ahmed Musa missed a glorious chance for Leicester, United went up the other end and an Antonio Valencia cross was met by the towering Swede to head past a hapless Kasper Schmeichel.Midfielder Jesse Lingard, who scored the winning goal in last season's FA Cup final, opened the scoring with a terrific individual effort beating the challenges of four Leicester players before slotting it past Schmeichel.But less than 10 minutes into the second half and Leicester were level through Jamie Vardy.Marouane Fellaini played a poor back-pass which was well short for keeper David de Gea and the striker was alert to collect the ball, round the keeper and put it into an empty net from a tight angle.But as penalties loomed at Wembley, Ibrahimovic rose above Wes Morgan and his header found the bottom corner as Jose Mourinho won his first trophy … [Read more...] about Leicester 1 Manchester United 2: Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores late winner as Reds lift Community Shield
LEICESTER CITY began their International Champions Cup campaign with a win after their hotly contested clash with Celtic went to penalties.The deadlock was broken by a slice of magic from Riyad Mahrez when he picked the ball up on the right touchline before cutting in on his left foot before bending the ball into the far corner. Celtic pushed for an equaliser and they were rewarded with a well-placed strike by Eoghan O'Connell from 25 yards.Neither side could find a winner before Daniel Amartey scored the winning penalty in a 6-5 shootout. Kolo Toure was at Celtic Park, but Brendan Rodgers admits his former Liverpool stopper will not be ready for Celtic’s crunch midweek Champions’ League qualifier against Astana in Kazakhstan. Leicester fans wound up the Celtic support before a ball had been kicked, chanting: “Just like Leicester, your city is BLUE!” Ouch!Riyad Mahrez is in Leicester’s starting line-up as the Foxes blast … [Read more...] about Celtic 1 Leicester City 1: Foxes win penalty shootout as Riyad Mahrez grabs the headlines
NAMPALYS MENDY became Leicester’s record £13million signing on Sunday and said: “I’m so proud to be joining the champions of England.”Mendy gave his first interview to SunSport hours before his unveiling by the Foxes after they signed him from Nice.And the hugely gifted France Under-21 defensive midfielder, who eclipsed the Foxes previous record of £9m for Croatian striker Andrej Kramaric, explained why he moved.He revealed that Claudio Ranieri, his old boss at Monaco, was the catalyst that convinced him to quit the Cote d’Azur for the East Midlands.Highly-rated Mendy, 24, was dubbed the “new Claude Makelele” by Ranieri at Monaco.And the nickname has stuck as his game is similar to the former Real Madrid and Chelsea midfield dynamo.Mendy, 24, said: “I’m happy and relieved because it’s a transfer that’s lasted some time. I am happy it’s finalised.“I played for Mr Ranieri for a season. We were … [Read more...] about Nampalys Mendy: Leicester City record £13m signing says he is ‘so proud to be joining the champions of England’
ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI is open to moving to the Premier League - putting the English elite on red alert over a potential move.One of the world's best strikers, the Pole scored 42 goals last season as Bayern Munich won a Bundesliga and German cup double.Real Madrid remains his top option but if that move doesn't happen where could he end up? SunSport goes through the likelihood of him moving to the Premier League. Remember to VOTE at the bottom of the article. MANCHESTER CITY The most likely destination for a couple of reasons - first and foremost Pep Guardiola.The pair have worked together for the last two years and enjoyed a brilliant relationship, the manager even going so far as to call the striker the "most professional player" he has ever met.Guardiola knows how to get the best out of Lewandowski and the Polish striker will know exactly what he will get from the new City boss, on the training pitch and during games.Not only will Guardiola be a key factor but City are … [Read more...] about Robert Lewandowski latest: Arsenal, Liverpool, Man City, Manchester United or Chelsea? At which Premier League club could he end up?
DERBY COUNTY completed a £7million deal to bring Tom Lawerence to Pride Park Stadium, reports claim.The Rams are desperate to bolster their squad after securing just one point in their two opening Championship games.After undergoing a medical yesterday, the winger completed his signing today of a long-term contract, according to a release from Derby County.Lawrence signed with Leicester City following their promotion to the Premier League in September 2014 from Manchester United but has spent the majority of the time on loan spells, only making four appearances for the Foxes.Last term the winger impressed while on loan at Ipswich, scoring 11 goals to garner the attention from a number of clubs around the Championship.Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare was also keen to keep Lawrence and was understood to initially turn down Derby's bid.But the wantaway 23-year-old made it known to the club he was looking to leave for the chance to play regular first-team football.That is what he … [Read more...] about Leicester City winger Tom Lawrence completes £7m switch to Championship side Derby County
Leicester City were unable to win the English Premier League title on Sunday as the Foxes drew 1-1 with Manchester United at Old Trafford. It was the worst possible start for Leicester, as Manchester United took an early lead through Anthony Martial. The French striker was left free at the back post to score past Kasper Schmeichel following Antonio Valencia's low cross. The travelling fans were again in fine voice, and did not have long to wait before they were able to celebrate the equalizer. Club captain Wes Morgan was on hand to level the scores, as he headed home from Danny Drinkwater's free-kick past David De Gea. The score remained level until the break, with Leicester's dreams of winning the title at the Theatre of Dreams still well within reach. Champagne on ice Leicester's season has been built upon resolute defending and efficient attacking - the Foxes had lost just one of their last nine league games in which they have conceded first before Sunday's game and that … [Read more...] about Leicester City left to wait on Premier League title after draw at Manchester United