Manchester United postponed Leicester City's title celebrations by holding the Foxes to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday. An early opener from Anthony Martial was quickly cancelled out by Wes Morgan, and neither side could find a winner in a well-matched second half. Unfortunately, all hopes of making a late dash into the top four are now over.
United made a fine start to the match, stroking the ball around confidently and creating problems for a notoriously miserly Leicester defence. It took just eight minutes for the hosts to open the scoring, with a low Antonio Valencia cross tucked inside Kasper Schmeichel's far post by Martial.
United remained on top, and should've gone two up just short of a quarter-of-an-hour in; unfortunately Jesse Lingard's effort was well saved by Schmeichel after a Marouane Fellaini lay-off.
Leicester's equaliser came from nowhere just three minutes later, when a Danny Drinkwater free-kick was met in the area by centre-back Morgan. His header proved out of reach for David de Gea, and the game opened out once more.
The dominance United had enjoyed in the early exchanges subsided, and clear-cut opportunities proved elusive for the rest of the half. United thought they'd carved one out when Lingard scampered onto a through ball, though he was outmuscled by a recovering defender and the chance broke down.
Leicester thought they should've had a penalty with just over five minutes of the period remaining, though the referee adjudged Riyad Mahrez to have run into Marcos Rojo, and the appeal went unheeded.
The visitors made a fine start to the second half, with Leonardo Ulloa having a succession of good chances to give the Foxes the advantage. However, the Argentine hadn't packed his shooting boots, and was terribly profligate in front of de Gea's goal.
At the other end United were disappointingly ineffectual, and with the exception of a Rooney shot blazed over the crossbar, they barely had a sighting of goal. Van Gaal tried to shake things up with the introduction of Juan Mata for the ineffectual Lingard, and gradually the Reds began to improve.
Inside the final five minutes United were given a boost by the sending off of Leicester midfielder Drinkwater, who was adjudged to have pulled back Memphis Depay on the edge of the area. It was a harsh second yellow, but forced the Foxes into immediately tightening things up with the introduction of Andy King for Mahrez.
Rooney's fizzing free-kick was fisted away by Schmeichel, as United cranked up the pressure. Four minutes of stoppage time were added on and the Old Trafford support willed the Reds forward, but it wasn't to be: they were made to settle for a point by the champions-elect. The Foxes' champagne is still on ice.