Three takeaways as Manchester United beat Leicester 2-0 to maintain 100% record

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Manchester United left it late against Leicester City at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Despite dominating proceedings, the hosts only made the breakthrough in the 70th minute through Marcus Rashford.

Romelu Lukaku’s penalty was saved by Kasper Schmeichel earlier in the first half but United rallied in the last 20 minutes to seal a 2-0 victory.

Substitutes Jesse Lingard and Marouane Fellaini combined for the second goal in the 82nd minute.

Here are three things we learned from the encounter.

POGBA GROWING USED TO MATIC SECURITY

Matic’s arrival from Chelsea was always seen as a move to not only shield the defence but also to free up Pogba and get the most out of him.

In the opening couple of fixtures, that seemed to be the case on paper but in reality, the Frenchman only really bombed forward later on when Marouane Fellaini was introduced and sat alongside the Serbian.

Pogba’s influence further up the pitch was improved but only against Leicester did he start to take full advantage of Matic’s presence. He had more touches than anyone else on the pitch (131), made more passes (106) and had more shots (6) as well.

If the Frenchman can maintain his faith in his midfield partner and exploit spaces further up the pitch, he’s only going to grow in influence in a United shirt.

Pogba connects with one of his 131 touches

Pogba connects with one of his 131 touches

UNITED FINISH STRONG

United have now scored 10 goals in three outings this season and six of them have come in the last 10 minutes of games. Jose Mourinho has got them looking like a solid unit but going forward, they’re relentless.

Fellaini’s introduction last season usually meant United were shutting up shop and while that may be the intention this time around as well, the team have actually pushed on in his presence rather than retreating into their shell.

In fact, United have scored more goals with Fellaini on the pitch (6) than they have with him off it (4). The desire to kill games off is clearly a significant new trait in this team compared to the one under Mourinho last season.

Fellaini joins the party

Fellaini joins the party

MAGUIRE CAN HELP RESTORE LEICESTER’S SOLIDITY

When Leicester won the Premier League two years ago, Wes Morgan and Robert Huth forged a central defensive partnership that was the bedrock for their success. The Foxes conceded just 36 goals, the joint second best defensive record in the league that term.

With both centre-backs now 33 though, fresh blood was definitely needed in that back-line and Harry Maguire has slotted in perfectly for Craig Shakespeare’s side.

Signed for £17 million this summer, the 24-year-old was one of the away side’s best players on Saturday, making four interceptions and 10 clearances. He won the most aerial duels (5) as well among the Leicester players.

Harry Maguire proving to be a great signing

Harry Maguire proving to be a great signing

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola unhappy with Raheem Sterling's red card decision after 2-1 late win against Bournemouth

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Referee Mike Dean signals Raheem Sterling (R) to leave the pitch.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola questioned why Raheem Sterling had been sent off after scoring a 97th-minute winner to earn his side a 2-1 victory at Bournemouth on Saturday.

Sterling scored with a deflected shot deep into stoppage time at the Vitality Stadium and celebrated by running into the away section, for which referee Mike Dean showed him a second yellow card.

“I do not understand the decision,” Guardiola said. “If you cannot celebrate with the fans, tell me the reason why. Maybe we should not play with fans.”

Having seen his side drop points in a 1-1 draw at home to Everton on Monday, Guardiola’s relief was evident as he celebrated Sterling’s winner with his coaching staff.

“Winning in the last minute is always special,” said Guardiola, whose team won 2-0 at Brighton and Hove Albion in their opening league fixture.

“It was a tough game. It is always complicated against Bournemouth. They play long balls, balls into the channels and play set-pieces, but we got into the game.

“We tried, our finishing was not good, but we are there.”

Bournemouth had taken a 13th-minute lead through a stupendous Charlie Daniels shot, which cannoned into the net off the crossbar from wide on the left.

Gabriel Jesus, preferred to Sergio Aguero as City’s lone striker, equalised shortly after.

Daniels was aggrieved that Sterling’s winning goal had arrived in the seventh minute of stoppage time after the fourth official indicated only five minutes of additional time would be played.

“There was only five minutes of added-on time, so ask the referee why we played seven,” he told BBC Sport.

“Then in the lead-up to the goal, he awarded a free-kick which was a perfectly timed tackle by Lys Mousset.

“It was gutting for us to concede after that and I would like to find out where he got that extra time from.”

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Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany describes victory against Bournemouth as "absolute madness"

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Jermain Defoe (L), Vincent Kompany (R).

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany described his side’s dramatic stoppage-time victory at Bournemouth as “absolute madness” as Pep Guardiola’s side moved to the top of the Premier League.

Bournemouth had never picked up a point against Manchester City in the Premier League and took the lead in stunning fashion through a spectacular Charlie Daniels strike from an angle which went in off the underside of the crossbar.

City levelled when a slide-rule pass from David Silva found Gabriel Jesus in the area to poke it past Asmir Begovic before the Brazilian was involved again as he tangled with Cherries defender Nathan Ake, who was fortunate not to see red for a foul as the last defender.

Sergio Aguero went close with a free-kick for the away side as Bournemouth looked to hold onto a valuable point until Raheem Sterling netted a deflected winner in the seventh minute of stoppage time, before being dismissed for a second bookable offence for leaving the field of play in celebration.

Kompany told Sky Sports: “It is madness. First thing I did was go to ( Benjamin) Mendy and ( Bernando) Silva and said ‘welcome to the Premier League’.

“It is absolute madness. Especially because I thought we played well. Just like we had against Everton, the few chances we have, we maybe don’t score them. Today we deserved to win but they made it incredibly hard for us.”

On the opening goal, the Belgian added: “I watched it back at half-time and said ‘if we are going to concede goals like this, then just focus on scoring’ because it was just an unbelievable goal, from an angle as well that I thought was impossible.

“It goes to show that no matter how much you dominate the game, anything can happen at any time therefore I am really happy, and what a strength of character to hang in there and finish it like we did.”

Bernardo Silva made his first start for City and got a rude awakening of how difficult England’s top-flight is.

The Portugal international said: “It was a tough match for us. I don’t think we started well in the first five, 10 minutes, then we played well.

“I can see at the beginning that all the games are (going to be) difficult, all the teams are very competitive but happily today we got the three points, that is the most important thing.

“Of course I have to get adapted but I’m feeling well and I am happy because we got the three points.”

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