The Emirates FA Cup • Quarter-final
  • 2nd Half
  • Leicester City
  • Manchester United
  • FredDiallo
  • VardyChoudhury
  • Iheanacho
  • Evans
  • PérezPraet
  • McTominay
  • Albrighton
  • van de BeekCavani
  • TellesShaw
  • PogbaMcTominay
  • MaticFernandes
  • Tielemans
  • 1st Half
  • Leicester City
  • Manchester United
  • Greenwood
  • Maguire
  • Iheanacho

Leicester City - Manchester United

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Tom Bennett

The final whistle goes and Leicester City are through to the semi-finals of the FA Cup, where they will face Southampton. Brendan Rodgers’ side have been well worth their win, relentlessly pressing United into error after error in midfield, and taking full advantage courtesy of Iheanacho’s brace and Tielemans’ superb finish.


There are four minutes of added time, but United are showing very little sign of the sort of comeback their manager is famous for. Leicester are heading through, and they full deserve it.


Fernandes curls in a beauty of a free-kick, but Schmeichel is equal to it. That probably need to go in for United to stand any chance of conjuring up a comeback.


United turn to Amad Diallo to try and conjure up something. He replaces the goalscorer Greenwood.


The tireless Vardy makes way as Leicester look to tighten things up. He should have scored, but aside from that ropey finish he's been excellent today.


This has been such a good display from Leicester. They are well-worth their lead and you wouldn’t bet against them stretching their advantage on the break late on.


A deep free-kick picks out Iheanacho at the back post (partly due to a horrible misjudgement from McTominay) and the Leicester striker makes no mistake.


GOOOAAALLL!!! It’s Leicester and Iheanacho again! Is that game over? 3-1!


United break and look set for a four-on-three, but Fred’s pass is poor and the chance goes begging.


United look so much better since making those changes, it’s really quite remarkable. Fernandes is pulling the strings and McTominay has added some real solidity.


Leicester make a change, withdrawing Perez to add the fresh legs of Praet to midfield.


United are really going for this equaliser, but it’s leaving acres of space on the counter for Leicester to exploit. It’s making for a fascinating game.


Wan-Bissaka fires in a cross, but Cavani can’t quite react quickly enough and Leicester survive.


United look a team transformed since those changes and have Leicester camped back on the edge of their own box.


This is quite the statement from Solskjaer. Manchester United make four changes at the same time, completely reshuffling the pack. Bruno Fernandes, Edinson Cavani, Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay replace Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Donny van de Beek and Alex Telles.


Telles’ free-kick is poor though and glides harmlessly behind.


Evans fouls Martial (or maybe he doesn’t, it’s quite hard to tell on the replays) to halt a counter-attack. Either way it’s a free-kick and United have a chance to get the ball into the box.


Vardy bursts into the box again and tries a reverse pass that is cut out by Lindelof. That’s good again from Leicester. They are playing so well here.


Vardy bursts through one-on-one as Leicester again press United into a mistake, but he snatches at the chance and shoots wide of the near post. That should have been Leicester’s third and could be a big moment in the match.


Here's that goal from Tielemans. What a classy player he is.


Greenwood weaves into the box and puts in a dangerous cross, which is cleared but only as far as Telles, who shoots wide of the far post.


Telles bends a decent delivery into the Leicester box from out wide, but it’s well dealt with. The resulting corner is again well defended by Leicester.


Leicester are well worth their lead here and United have some thinking to do. The intelligence of the home side’s pressing game is causing them all sorts of problems.


Tielemans plays a clever one-two to leave Matic for dead and then breezes past Fred before arrowing a shot from into the bottom corner. That was class.

  • Youri Tielemans
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GOOOAAALLL!!! What a good goal that is from Youri Tielemans! 2-1!


Leicester have again started the better of the two teams in the second half. It’s been a very impressive showing so far from Rodgers’ side.


The draw for the semi-finals was held at half-time, so we now know that the winner of this game will face Southampton at Wembley next month. Chelsea take on Manchester City in the other tie.

  • 2nd Half

Leicester get the game back underway at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester City's Nigerian midfielder Wilfred Ndidi (R) vies with Manchester United's French midfielder Paul Pogba (C) during the English FA Cup quarter-final football match between Leicester City and Manchester United
Leicester City's Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the English FA Cup quarter-final football match between Leicester City and Manchester United at King Power Stadium
  • End of 1st Half

That’s half-time and we’re all square at the break. Catch you in 15.


Leicester are putting so much pressure on United’s defensive midfielders and back-four when they have the ball. It’s quite suffocating to watch, so I can only imagine how uncomfortable it is to play against.


Ooh, that’s close! Albrighton does well to find Perez, and he manages to conjure up space for a shot on the edge of the box, sending his effort fractionally wide.


Leicester break at United turn it behind for a corner. This game has really livened up, it’s being played at a decent pace and you feel there’s a genuine goal threat from both teams.


Greenwood lays it off for Pogba on the edge of the box, but his shot trickles harmlessly through to the keeper.


Pogba did really well down the left to open up space for a cross, and Van de Beek let it run through his legs for Greenwood to slot home behind him.

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GOOOAAALLL!!! Manchester United are level and it’s Greenwood who’s got it! 1-1!


Pogba is caught in a challenge and is hobbling slightly, but it looks like he’ll be okay to continue.


The home side are really bossing this game now, controlling midfield and finding some really dangerous opportunities to spring their front-two in behind the United defence. It’s impressive stuff.


Leicester try something clever from the free-kick as Albrighton tees up Tielemans on the edge of the box, but his shot is blocked.


Leicester break at pace and Maguire halts Iheanacho as the forward looks to skip past him. That’s a clear booking.


This is the ideal scenario for Leicester’s tactical approach now, and if anything they have even increased the intensity of their press since the goal.


That is an absolute shambles of a goal from a Manchester United perspective. Maguire’s pass out put Fred under unnecessary pressure, but the midfielder still should have done pretty much anything other than lay it back straight to Leicester’s in-form forward. Iheanacho was never going to turn down an opportunity like that, and rounded the keep with ease to tuck home.


GOOOAALLL!!! Iheanacho opens the scoring for Leicester City! 1-0!


I’m going to level with you, this hasn’t been a match for the ages just yet. Plenty of time for it to liven up though.


Leicester break and win a corner. Pogba remonstrates with the ref that he was fouled during that move, and he might have a point… particularly given that his boot was knocked off by the challenge.


Telles catching Albrighton with a big of a swinging arm, but the officials are in a lenient mood today and it’s just a free-kick to Leicester.


Leicester leap on a casual piece of passing from Fred and Vardy tests Henderson from a tight angle. That’s the first effort of note so far, but encouraging for Leicester that they were able to transition so fast after winning the ball.


It’s not difficult to see Leicester’s plan here. Again they look for the run in behind as soon as they win the ball in midfield, but Iheanacho can’t quite pick out the run of Vardy.


A long ball forward is aimed towards the run of Iheanacho, but Henderson is alive to the danger and charges to the edge of his box to claim.


A United corner is swung deep towards the not-insignificant head of Harry Maguire, but the big centre-back’s effort loops harmlessly into the arms of Schmeichel.


It’s all a bit cagey at the moment, with neither team willing to push forward too much for fear of leaving space to exploit on the break.


Martial goes in with a lunging challenge on Tielemans and is perhaps fortunate to escape a card. You don’t often see those waved away these days.


Vardy makes a run in behind and crosses towards Iheanacho, but Telles makes a good sliding challenge to deny the Leicester forward. The flag was up against Vardy in any case.


It’s been the visitors who have made the better start, pushing Leicester right back into their own half and playing with an encouraging tempo.


United, wearing their traditional red and white, get the game underway. Leicester are in their all-blue as usual.


Here come the players. We’re minutes away from kick-off.

" We expect them to be a tough challenge, very technically good team, pace up front, scoring goals. Coming back from Italy we needed to make a few changes but we're up for it - we want to come here and do what we've done the last few times we've been here because we've done well."

Solskjaer has explained why he’s made the changes from midweek…


Rodgers’ opposite number has also been speaking to the TV cameras.

" We've got to make a good start; when you've had a midweek European game it's important that you can start well and be aggressive without the ball. When you can't press the game we've got to be compact and defend well because we know the quality that they have going forward. I'm confident we can create chances and, if they come, be clinical."

Brendan Rodgers has been speaking to the broadcasters ahead of the match and has given a hint into Leicester’s likely approach to the game…


So we already know three of the four FA Cup semifinalists after comfortable wins for Southampton, Manchester City and Chelsea already this weekend. Will it be Leicester or Manchester United who join that trio in the draw?


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United ring the changes from the team who beat AC Milan in the week, five in total. Telles, Matic, Van de Beek, Pogba and Martial start. There’s no Fernandes in the starting XI though, with United’s main man settling for a spot on the bench.


It’s one change for Leicester as Albrighton starts instead of the injured Pereira. That means another run-out for the two-pronged strike attack of Iheanacho and Vardy.


Good afternoon! The FA Cup quarterfinals continue with a bit of a barnstormer of a fixture between Premier League high-fliers Leicester City and Manchester United. It should be a good one.