Reaction to Jamie Vardy's Record-Breaking Goal, Leicester's 1-1 Draw vs. Man Utd

Joe Gallagher@joesgallagherFeatured ColumnistNovember 28, 2015

Leicester City's English striker Jamie Vardy celebrates after scoring during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Manchester United at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on November 28, 2015.  AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF

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Not the top-of-the-table clash you might have predicted a few months prior, Claudio Ranieri's Leicester City hosted Manchester United on Saturday evening at the King Power Stadium, with three points enough to see either the Foxes or Red Devils move top of the Premier League.

All eyes were on Leicester's Jamie Vardy, who could break Ruud van Nistelrooy's consecutive goalscoring record if he found the net against the league's stingiest defence.

The visitors could only dream of Vardy's efficiency in front of goal...

It really was the perfect opponent for the England striker to come up against as he sought to make Premier League history:

Manchester United have had their problems though, with their 0-0 draw against PSV Eindhoven in midweek once again drawing attention to Louis van Gaal's tactics and his side's apparent inability to score goals:

The crowd was in good voice and unveiled an impressive tifo before the match:

Though, unlike their striker, not everything the home fans touched was on target...

The realisation in the opening exchanges was that the match might not be able to live up to its hype:

That was until the 25th minute, when the moment we were all waiting for arrived:

Vardy's goal in his 11th consecutive league match saw him move past United's Van Nistelrooy and earn a mountain of praise.

PhotoShop went into overdrive (contains some NSFW language)...

...and there were more than a few references to Vardy's rags-to-riches story.

The fact that Leicester were 1-0 up and back on top of the Premier League table was almost an afterthought.

The visitors rallied and equalised on the stroke of half-time when Bastian Schweinsteiger nodded in a corner from close range.

The Red Devils had David De Gea to thank for keeping them on terms, after Leonardo Ulloa found space shortly after the hour mark.

After another disappointing performance, captain Wayne Rooney was substituted as Van Gaal looked toward his bench shortly afterwards.

His replacement, Memphis Depay, had a glorious chance to put United in front with 10 minutes to play.

In the end, neither side could fashion another chance to win the game, and both sides had to settle for a draw.

While a point isn't enough for either side to move above Manchester City into first place in the table, the match will be remembered for one moment—and one goal.



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