London - Leicester City came from 3-1 down to beat Manchester United 5-3 in a
thrilling Premier League clash on Sunday, piling on the early season
agony for Louis van Gaal.
It seemed big-spenders United were on
course for their first competitive away victory under van Gaal after
goals by Robin van Persie, Angel di Maria and Ander Herrera left them
3-1 up with just over 30 minutes remaining at the King Power Stadium.
a controversial penalty, converted by David Nugent, reduced the Foxes'
deficit to 3-2 after they had got on the scoresheet through Leonardo
Two minutes after Nugent's penalty, Esteban Cambiasso drew
Leicester level at 3-3 before Jamie Vardy, given time and space, made it
4-3 in the 79th minute.
Four minutes later, Ulloa made the game
safe for promoted Leicester when, after United's Tyler Blackett had been
sent off for bringing down Vardy in the box, the striker scored his
second goal and Leicester's fifth from the penalty spot.
"How is it possible to give this game away?," a disbelieving van Gaal told Sky Sports.
have given the game away. Leicester has proven already in four games
that they have a strong character and that when they are 3-1 down, you
can play all the game with more possession but you cannot do these kind
He added: "In the world of football, these matches
happen. I was a coach at Barcelona in my first year and we were 3-0
ahead, with 15 minutes to play and we lost 4-3.
"It can happen,
it is the world of football but it is not good because we have the game
in our pocket and gave it away. Not because of Leicester, we gave it
away and I don't like that.
"You cannot say the defence was weak.
You play like a team, Leicester showed that, we did not play like a team
in the second half and that is not only defence. In a defensive
situation the whole team is responsible, not just one defender."
Leicester boss Nigel Pearson said: "To back up the Stoke win against
one of the big forces in English football is very satisfying.
"When you add to that coming from 3-1 down, it is a testament to the quality, belief and spirit amongst us."
United, fresh from their 4-0 thrashing of QPR at Old Trafford last weekend, were 2-0 ahead inside 16 minutes.
Van Persie opened the scoring in the 13th minute when the Dutch striker headed in an excellent cross from Radamel Falcao.
Maria then showed why United had paid a British record fee of 59.7
million ($98 million, 75 million euros) to Real Madrid with a sublime
second goal, courtesy of a perfect chip over Kasper Schmeichel -- son of
United goalkeeping great Peter.
But just two minutes later
Leicester pulled a goal back through an Argentinian ace of their own
when Ulloa powered in a near-post header following an excellent cross by
Herrera made it 3-1 before Leicester were given a contentious lifeline in the 62nd minute.
barged Rafael outside the box but referee Mark Clattenburg let play
continue only to point to the penalty spot when, with roles reversed,
the Leicester man went down inside the area following a slight touch by
"For the first penalty it is always the referee (who you talk about) but you don't have to do that as a player," said van Gaal.
"You know you are in the penalty area and you allow the referee to whistle if you make a challenge."
were all square minutes later when Cambiasso became the third
Argentinian to score in the match, with a low shot from inside the box.
Then came Ulloa's penalty that set the seal on a memorable win for Leicester.
West Bromwich Albion moved off the bottom of the table with a 1-0 win
away to Tottenham Hotspur secured by Scotland international James
Morrison's 74th-minute header from a corner.
"I thought we played really well against a really good team," said Baggies boss Alan Irvine.
disappointed Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino added: "I think we had a
very bad day. We need to be more alive and play quick. We made a big
mistake on the set-piece."
Premier League leaders Chelsea will go
five points clear if they maintain their perfect start to the season
with victory away to champions Manchester City later Sunday.