Manchester City got their Premier League title challenge back on track with a win over Southampton.
Raheem Sterling crossed for Kevin de Bruyne to slot the hosts ahead before City midfielder Fernandinho’s header appeared to strike Steven Davis’ arm. Fabian Delph added the home side’s second with a deflected shot but Shane Long nodded in to give Saints hope. Long had a penalty appeal turned down before Aleksandar Kolarov fired in City’s third with an angled strike.
Fernandinho appeared to block Long’s shot with his arm after City keeper Willy Caballero had palmed away an effort from Dusan Tadic. City, whose earlier shout for a spot-kick was equally as strong, took advantage by restoring their two-goal lead as they bounced back after defeats by Liverpool in the Premier League and Juventus in the Champions League.
Both Leicester City and Manchester United missed the chance to go top of the table with this draw at King Power Stadium.
Vardy, wearing golden boots, went into this game hoping to eclipse former United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record, set across two seasons in 2003. And he savoured his moment in the 24th minute, running on to Christian Fuchs’ pass to send a low, powerful finish past United keeper David de Gea.
Bastian Schweinsteiger headed United’s equaliser right on half-time and despite plenty of energy from both sides after the break, the stalemate leaves Manchester City at the Premier League summit.