Football: Leicester out-class Manchester United to reach FA Cup semi-finalsMarch 22, 2021
Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho scored two poacher’s goals as they beat Manchester United 3-1 in their FA Cup quarter-final on Sunday (March 21) to set up a last-four clash with Southampton.
The Foxes took the lead following a horrendous error from United’s Fred, whose back pass became a through-ball for Iheanacho.
The Nigerian collected it and rounded the ‘keeper before firing home in the 24th minute.
United struck back seven minutes before half-time as Mason Greenwood rifled Paul Pogba’s centre into the net, but they went behind again early in the second half as Youri Tielemans surged forward and fired into the bottom corner.
United’s woeful defence was exposed again in the 78th minute as Iheanacho was left completely unmarked at the far post to head home Marc Albrighton’s free kick, sealing the victory and sending his side into the semis.
Chelsea beat Sheffield United and will take on Manchester City, who saw off Everton, in the other last-four tie.
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers said his team are now aiming to create history by winning their maiden FA Cup, after reaching the semi-finals for the first time since 1982.
Leicester have lost in the final four times, the last occasion coming in the 1968-69 season when they were beaten 1-0 by City, and he said it was time to end that run.
“We are in the semi-finals and we have a chance to get to the final and create history,” the Ulsterman said.
“For the club to get to the final and win the trophy would be really special. It’s a trophy in their history they haven’t won.
“It’s a tough game in the semi-final but the club has never won the FA Cup so to be able to do something like that will be special.