Leicester City of England attacker, Kelechi Iheanacho struck twice on Sunday to help The Foxes send Manchester United packing from the English FA Cup and move just two victories away from winning the prestigious trophy for the first time ever, megasportsarena.com reports.
Netting for the sixth straight match, ‘Kelele’ would declare afterwards that hard work in training and tactical discipline paved the way for his recent burst of goals scoring form, as his brace helped Leicester seal a 3-1 to set up a Wembley semi-final against Southampton.
Despite missing James Maddison, James Justin, Harvey Barnes and Ricardo Pereira through injury, but it was Wilfred Onyinyen Ndidi that ended up as man of the match with eight points out of ten, while Iheanacho’s brace only gave him seven.
Nonetheless, it was collective joy and success, as Leicester remained a force to be reckoned with and took the lead in the quarter-final tie at King Power Stadium through Iheanacho when the former Manchester City forward took advantage of a horrendous pass from Fred.
United tried to pass their way out from the back and, when Harry Maguire’s faulty play put Fred in trouble, the midfielder sold Henderson woefully short, which allowed Iheanacho to nip in, round the goalkeeper and tap into an empty net for his 12th goal in 18 FA Cup appearances.
United scored against the run of play through Mason Greenwood, but The Foxes remained the brighter team and regained the lead through a fine Youri Tielemans strike, in a game that saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer resting a handful of his regulars.
Solskjaer then frantically sent on Bruno Fernandes, Luke Shaw, Edinson Cavani and Scott McTominay with 25 minutes left, but that failed to spark the visitors as Iheanacho wrapped up the game with a back-post header with 10 minutes remaining, netting his seventh goal in his last four appearances.
United’s lacklustre play was summed up by Fred’s inability to find a team-mate with most of his passes. He lost the ball which allowed Iheanacho and Ayoze Perez to break and ended with Jamie Vardy testing Dean Henderson with a low drive.
Vardy wasted a fine opening soon after when his shot was blocked by Maguire with Iheanacho free but Leicester were sharper than United all over the pitch, giving The Foxes a win that sets up a first FA Cup semi-final since 1982 for the 2016 EPL champions.