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Man U held by Leicester 1-1, struggling

2022 Apr 03, 6:40, Manchester
Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes, Fred and Anthony Elanga, from left, leave the field at the end of the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Leicester City at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Saturday, April 2, 2022. The game ended in a 1-1 draw. (AP Photo)

Without Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United was dealt a further setback in its bid to secure Champions League qualification for next season by drawing with Leicester 1-1 at home in the English Premier League on Saturday.

Ronaldo, who helped Portugal qualify for the World Cup on Tuesday, missed the game at Old Trafford with flu-like symptoms and United missed the cutting edge of its top scorer.

United ended up needing a rare goal from Fred to get a point, the defensive midfielder scoring in the 66th — three minutes after Kelechi Iheanacho broke the deadlock for Leicester with a diving header.

United looks increasingly unlikely to salvage a place in the Champions League from the wreckage of a season in which the team is already out of every cup competition.

Sitting in sixth place, United is four points adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal, which occupies the final Champions League qualification spot. Arsenal also has two games in hand, the first of which comes at Crystal Palace on Monday.


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