Thursday 22 August 2019

All eyes on Leicester striker Jamie Vardy against Manchester United

Leicester's Jamie Vardy scored for the 11th straight game, setting a new Premier League record
Leicester's Jamie Vardy scored for the 11th straight game, setting a new Premier League record

Jamie Vardy set a new Barclays Premier League record when he netted in his 11th consecutive game.

The striker opened the scoring in Leicester's 1-1 draw against Manchester United on Saturday.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at the England forward on his historic day.


Vardy needed just one chance to set a new league record when he buried across David de Gea in the first half. The Foxes' talisman has been at his clinical best during a run which has broken Ruud van Nistelrooy's streak, which the Dutchman set in 2003 while at Manchester United. It was his only effort of the game but he only needed that to make it count and underline what remarkable form he is in right now. Vardy was always sniffing for more but, despite Leicester being the better side, a second goal never came.


No-one would have blamed the England man for being greedy as he chased a slice of history, but he was at his usual unselfish best. He seized on a loose pass from Michael Carrick and fed N'Golo Kante instead of shooting before taking his chance in the 24th minute to open the scoring. He spotted Christian Fuchs' run and gave the right-back the chance to provide the perfect ball for his record strike. Vardy was still chasing lost causes late in the second half and remained the focal point for the home attack.


Vardy could have been forgiven for showing some nerves, but there was no sign of anxiety as he played his natural game. There was a brief flashpoint with De Gea after the goalkeeper felt Vardy had left his foot in late but it unsettled the Spaniard more than it did Leicester's star. Little seems to faze the former Fleetwood man, just over three years after he was playing non-league football, as he stands his ground in every situation. His composure also helped him in front of goal as he still had plenty to do to beat De Gea for his record.


The 28-year-old was afforded the biggest cheer from the home fans pre-match and he responded in perfect style. He is a hero at Leicester and has now gone down in Premier League folklore thanks to his goal which sent the King Power Stadium crazy. He was given a wonderful send-off at the end of the game and applauded the fans to show just how much his achievement means.


In front of England boss Roy Hodgson, Vardy kept Wayne Rooney in the shade and the England captain was replaced in the second half having barely threatened Leicester. Rooney's most noteworthy moment came when he should have been booked for diving in the first half after going down softly in the area. One miscued volley flew straight at Kasper Schmeichel and Rooney did not have the threat or aura which he has carried in the past. Instead, Vardy should have impressed Hodgson more, and surely only injury or a dramatic loss of form will see him left out for Euro 2016.

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