Youri Tielemans (L) scored a wonderful solo goal for Leicester against Manchester United Credit: GETTY IMAGES
Youri Tielemans (L) scored a wonderful solo goal for Leicester against Manchester United Credit: GETTY IMAGES

Leicester knocked Manchester United out of the FA Cup with a 3-1 victory thanks to Kelechi Iheanacho’s double.

Thanks to Iheanacho’s superb performance at the King Power Stadium, Brendan Rodgers’ side will face Southampton in their first FA Cup semifinal since 1982.

Leicester, who have never won the FA Cup and last made it to the final in 1969, will face Southampton at Wembley in April.

“I’m obviously delighted. It was a great performance. Every aspect of the game was complete,” said Rodgers.

“We showed courage to play against one of Europe’s greatest teams. I told the players they were three games from history. Now it’s two.”

Since losing to Liverpool in January 2020, United had gone 29 games without losing in all domestic competitions.

They haven’t won a trophy since the 2017 Europa League, and that competition is now their last realistic opportunity to win their first trophy under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

“We didn’t have the spark but it’s understandable. We played every three days and been on a great run. It just caught up with us, all the games and travels,” said Solskjaer.

“Thursday in Milan was a big night and took a lot of out of us physically. We didn’t have the extra zip, authority and confidence today.

“We’ve got the Europa League and Premier League to concentrate on. Yes we would’ve liked to go to Wembley but now all the focus is on the games we do have.”

Leicester looking for ‘special’ FA Cup win: Rodgers

Leicester looking for 'special' FA Cup win
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After a 3-1 quarter-final victory over Manchester United on Sunday, Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers said his team is aiming to make history by winning the FA Cup for the first time.

The last time Leicester lost in the final was in the 1968-69 season when they were beaten 1-0 by Manchester City, and Rodgers said it was time to put an end to that run.

“We are in the semi-final and we have a chance to get to the final and create history,” Rodgers said.

“For the club to get to the final and win the trophy would be really special. It’s a trophy in their history they haven’t won.

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“It’s a tough game in the semi-final but the club has never won the FA Cup so to be able to do something like that will be special.” 

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