LEICESTER (REUTERS) - Jamie Vardy played a pivotal role in getting the equaliser as Leicester City came back twice to end Manchester United's away winning streak in the Premier League with a 2-2 draw at the King Power stadium on Saturday (Dec 26).
Marcus Rashford put United ahead in the 23rd minute with a cool finish after being slipped in by Bruno Fernandes before Harvey Barnes equalised eight minutes later with a fine shot from the edge of the box.
Fernandes restored United's lead in the 79th minute, drilling into the bottom corner after being found inside the area by substitute Edinson Cavani.
Again though, the lead was short-lived as Vardy's first time shot on the half-turn from a low cross from Ayoze Perez, was diverted into goal by United defender Axel Tuanzebe and earned a point for the Foxes.
Everton later leapfrogged Leicester into second behind Liverpool with a win over Sheffield United, pushing manager Brendan Rodgers’ side down to third, but the manager was feeling positive after seeing his attacking team dig deep.
“It was two teams coming into the game in good form and it was a really good, attacking game of football,” he told the club’s website. “If you can’t win the game, you don’t want to do what we’ve done this season and lose games. If we lost that 2-1, we would have still been saying how well we’ve played.
“It’s important for the development of us as a team and as a squad that we can come from behind against a really good side, a top side, and get the result... The very least we deserved was a point, and we were really competitive at the top end.”
United, who had won their last 10 away games in the Premier League, are fourth on 27 points, a point behind the Foxes.
Liverpool, who host West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, are top of the standings on 31 points.
Leicester, who have 28 points from 15 games, travel to 13th-placed Crystal Palace on Monday.