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Ibrahimovic shines as Man Utd defeat Leicester City

Ibrahimovic shines as Man Utd defeat Leicester City

Manchester United defeated Leicester City 3 - 0 to give their top-four aspirations a major boost.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Juan Mata scored the goals as United brought an end to a run of three consecutive league draws in the League.

Ibrahimovic shines as Man Utd defeat Leicester City

Action picture collage from LEicester City's game with Manchester United

United are now two points behind fourth-placed Arsenal.

Leicester had lost their last three games in the top flight and only beaten United once in 17 previous meetings, but Claudio Ranieri's side produced the kind of combative display that underpinned their stunning success last term for much of the first half.

Two goals in the space of two minutes, however undid their good work.

Mkhitaryan broke the deadlock with a powerful run and finish before Ibrahimovic became the oldest player to reach 15 goals in a Premier League season at the age of 35 years and 125 days when he converted Antonio Valencia's cutback.

Ibrahimovic shines as Man Utd defeat Leicester City

Ibrahimovic celebrates his goal

Mata made it 3-0 after half-time, having combined brilliantly with Mkhitaryan.

Ibrahimovic shines as Man Utd defeat Leicester City

Mata celebrates his goal against City

The match became a procession for United in the second half as they responded to weekend defeats for Arsenal and Liverpool to give themselves real hope of clawing their way back into the Champions League places.

For Leicester, a defeat in their 2,000th game in England's top flight leaves them firmly in a relegation fight, with the gap to the bottom three still only one point.

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