London: Leicester City came from 1-3 down to beat Manchester United 5-3 in a thrilling English Premier League clash yesterday, piling on the early season agony for Louis van Gaal.
Red-faced: Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney (left) alongwith teammates Tyler Blackett and Daley Blind (right) seem stunned after their 3-5 defeat to Leicester City in the English Premier League yesterday. Pic/Getty Images
Big-spenders United seemed on course for their first competitive away victory under van Gaal after goals from Robin van Persie, Angel di Maria and Ander Herrera put them 3-1 up with just over 30 minutes remaining at the King Power Stadium.
But a controversial penalty, converted by David Nugent, reduced the Foxes' deficit to 2-3 after they had got on the scoresheet through Leonardo Ulloa. 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.
Leicester City's Esteban Cambiasso (centre) celebrates with teammates David Nugent and Liam Moore after scoring against Man United
"How is it possible to give this game away," a disbelieving van Gaal told Sky Sports. "We've 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 but you can't do these things."
Delighted Leicester boss Nigel Pearson said: "To back up the Stoke win against one of the big forces in English football is very satisfying."