Manchester United showed nerves of steel to keep a clean sheet and beat Leicester City to clinch a Champions League spot.

The Red Devils’ win was not blessed with many individually outstanding performances, but a couple caught the eye.

United’s defenders stole the show, with Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof standing strong at the back to shut down golden boot winner Jamie Vardy for the second time this season.

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Harry Maguire

Maguire put himself under pressure with a needless booking after fouling Kelechi Iheanacho in the first half.

After one other nervous moment inside his own box in the first half, he recovered well to help United stand firm.

Maguire was particularly impressive early in the second half as Leicester came out strongly and gave United a big test.

The centre-back won four aerial duels, blocked one shot and made two clearances, while completing 94 per cent of his passes.

On a difficult occasion against his former club, Maguire stepped up.

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Victor Lindelof

Victor Lindelof had a couple of poor moments in recent matches against Southampton and Chelsea.

He restored some pride here and stepped up with an improved performance alongside Maguire to help United keep a clean sheet.

Lindelof also won four aerial duels, one tackle, two interceptions and made three clearances.


Their partnership is not perfect, but this was a near faultless performance and credit where it is due.

The way Lindelof and Maguire stood firm gave United the platform to go on and win the game.

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Brandon Williams

Let us put this performance in some context shall we. A week on from making a goal-costing mistake in the FA Cup semi-final, Brandon Williams bounced back to produce one of his best performances for United.

Stepping in for the injured Luke Shaw, Williams needed a big performance here.

He bounced back well, making more touches than any United player (90), and winning more interceptions.

This has been a good breakthrough season for the 19-year-old, and in the Premier League it ends on a high note.

In the last two league games he has started, United have not conceded a goal from open play.

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Honorary mention: Jonny Evans

An honourable mention here for former Manchester United man Jonny Evans.

Evans stepped up at the right moment for United, even though he will not have planned to.

He gave away the penalty for United to score the opener and then got himself sent off.

Always a red, this had shades of Phil Neville’s own goal at Goodison to help United win the title in 2007.

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