Leicester draws at Manchester United, delaying title celebration

Sunday May 1st, 2016

Leicester City's Premier League title celebrations will have to wait for at least another day. 

Entering Sunday with a chance to clinch the league at Old Trafford with a win, Leicester played Manchester United to a 1-1 draw, with both goals coming in the opening 17 minutes. Leicester needs two points from its remaining two games to clinch the title if Tottenham wins its remaining three matches. Leicester can also clinch the title by virtue of a Spurs tie or loss at Chelsea on Monday. 

As for Sunday's action, Anthony Martial and Manchester United did not want to be the footnote at the end of Leicester City's fairytale, and the 20-year-old French striker got the Red Devils out in front eight minutes into their match, only to have Leicester captain Wes Morgan answer minutes later.

Antonio Valencia's cross made its way to Martial on the left, and he put it by Kasper Schmeichel with a right-footed effort to give a boost to the Red Devils in their quest to finish in the top four in the league. It marked the first time all season that Leicester had conceded a goal in the opening 10 minutes of a match. 

Morgan answered in the 17th minute, heading home Danny Drinkwater's free kick for just his second goal of the season to make it 1-1 in the 17th minute.

The first half also included a pair of controversial no-calls, with Danny Simpson ruled not to have fouled Jesse Lingard on a breakaway attempt after a Leicester turnover in midfield and Marcos Rojo judged to have not fouled Riyad Mahrez in the Manchester United box.

One call that did impact the outcome was a second yellow card to Drinkwater, who pulled Memphis Depay down at the edge of the Leicester box with just minutes remaining. He was sent off, leaving Leicester with 10 men for the final moments, and will miss Leicester's next match, which is at home against Everton on Saturday.

Leicester will get leading scorer Jamie Vardy back from a suspension of his own, though, after he missed the last two matches.

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