Leicester City played out a classic Christmas thriller, snaffling a point right at the death to avoid a third straight defeat. Here’s what we learned from the Foxes’ 2-2 draw against Manchester United:
Jamie Vardy likes a big game
Jamie Vardy shares a special bond with big games, and Saturday night was no exception. The Englishman gave Leicester City the lead at the King Power Stadium with a typical Jamie Vardy goal – his 50th in top flight – which means that he has now scored against five of the current top six this season, with Manchester City the only top side he didn’t find the back of the net against.
The 30-year old also has the most goals against the big six than any other striker since 2014, netting 21 times in the period. Now that’s a record to be proud of.
Demarai Gray shines again
It’s time we start talking about Demarai Gray seriously, for the young winger is really making his chances count for Leicester City. His future in the East Midlands looked uncertain when Claudio Ranieri and Craig Shakespeare were the men in charge, but since Claude Puel has arrived, Gray has turned into one of Leicester’s chief attacking threats.
The 21-year old was one of the stars of the show against Manchester United, using his pace and creativity to cause the Reds all sorts of problems. However, one area where he would need to massively improve is to be more responsible with the ball at his feet.
Leicester City have got the 2015/16 spirit back
It was Leicester City’s mental strength, passion and the spirit that combined to lead them to the Premier League title more than anything. Against Manchester United, we saw more of the same perhaps for the first time this season, as they fought all the way to the end to snatch a point even with a man down.
There aren’t many teams in the league who could have managed to do the same for the obvious reason that it’s Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, and they are incredibly tough to score against with all your players on the field, let alone with 10 men. When Daniel Amartey was sent off, we all thought that was game for United, but Leicester City had other ideas.