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Leicester moves one step closer to title with 1-1 draw at Old Trafford

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Wes Morgan equalized for the visitors as the title celebrations are put off for another week.

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Leicester City failed to secure the title after playing to a 1-1 draw against Manchester United in a wild game at Old Trafford, where Danny Drinkwater saw red, Kasper Schmeichel starred, and some cagey exchanges between Marouane Fellaini and Robert Huth made for an entertaining affair, putting the Foxes' champagne on ice for now.

The Reds dominated the early stages of the first half, with Antonio Valencia in particular proving to be a nuisance on the right hand side. It didn't take long for the home side to capitalize, with Valencia getting the better of Christian Fuchs, finding Anthony Martial who calmly slotted it home, giving Manchester United an early 1-0 lead, marking the first time the Foxes had allowed a goal in the opening 10 minutes of a game this Premier League season.

The visitors found their way back into the game through a brilliant Wes Morgan header off a Drinkwater free kick, with the captain easily overpowering Marcos Rojo to level the scoring.

From there, Leiceser began to relax, with chances for both sides throughout the remainder of the half. The Foxes really began to pack on the pressure just past the 35-minute mark, with Riyad Mahrez finding some space to open the game up for the visitors. He began to make himself an issue in and around the box, resulting in a clear penalty appeal after he was brought down by Rojo, but nothing given. Penalty or not, the Foxes ended the half the brighter of the two teams, looking especially dangerous on set pieces and looking the more likely to pull ahead and win it.

The pressure continued in the second half, with Mahrez at the center of it all, but the visitors were unable to capitalize, the Reds beating them at their own game in a sense, moving multiple men to pressure the ball, denying any potential fast breaks and getting a block on anything particularly dangerous. The home sides strategy after winning the ball back always seemed to be distributing to the wings, with Martial, Valencia, and Marcus Rashford applying their pace to cause problems, whipping the ball into Fellaini at will.

Drinkwater ended up picking up a yellow after grabbing hold of Rashford to prevent this, a smart foul at the time. Unfortunately, the Englishmen received his second yellow 28 minutes later after pulling back Memphis as the winger darted into the box, slightly theatrical to be fair, and a rather harsh yellow, but either way the Foxes were left to defend with 10 men in the final minutes. They managed to hang on with some last-ditch defending and brilliant sweeping from Kasper Schmeichel to deny a second goal, securing a solid point on one of the toughest grounds in the Premier League.

Overall the Foxes put up a resilient display, giving everything they had to grind out the point, earning some well-deserved applause from the Man United faithful for their efforts and left needing 2 points from their final 2 matches, or any dropped points by Tottenham Hotspur to lift the title.