The England forward struck in the 24th minute as Leicester scored the kind of counter-attacking goal that Manchester United used to score. Leicester goalkeeper Kaspar Schmeichel collected a corner and launched a counter attack with a long throw out to Christian Fuchs.
The midfielder ran for 30 thirty yards unchallenged before splitting the United defence with a great through ball to Vardy who made no mistake with the finish.
It was Vardy’s 14th goal of the campaign, which makes him the league’s top scorer, but Bastian Schweinsteiger’s 46th-minute header, his first United goal, prevented Leicester from reclaiming first place.
Instead Claudio Ranieri’s side finished the day in second place, a point above United, with Manchester City top on goal difference after beating Southampton 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium. Kevin De Bruyne scored for the first time in six games to put City ahead and went on to create goals for Fabian Delph and Aleksandar Kolarov, with Shane Long replying for Southampton.
Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew got revenge on his former employers Newcastle United as Palace thrashed Steve McClaren’s side 5-1. Papiss Cisse put Newcastle ahead with a 10th-minute header, but Palace hit back through Wilfried Zaha and braces from Yannick Bolasie and James McArthur.
Newcastle look terrible and I will be stunned if McClaren makes it to Christmas as the Magpies manager, who look like side destined to be relegated.
One team desperately trying to avoid the drop is Bournemouth, who moved above Newcastle, but remain in the bottom three, after a thrilling 3-3 draw at home to Everton. fAfter Ramiro Funes Mori and Romelu Lukaku put Everton in control, Bournemouth hit back to level through a spectacular 25-yard strike by Adam Smith and an 87th-minute effort from Junior Stanislas. Ross Barkley looked to have given Everton victory when he restored their lead in the fifth minute of stoppage time, only for Stanislas to snatch an implausible equaliser with a cool header three minutes later.
Sunderland climbed out of the relegation places at Newcastle’s expense with a 2-0 home win over Stoke City thanks to goals from Patrick van Aanholt and Duncan Watmore scoring late
Aston Villa remain bottom and are now seven points from safety after a 3-2 home defeat by Watford left new manager Remi Garde without a win in three matches. Villa captain Micah Richards cancelled out Odion Ighalo’s 17th-minute opener for Watford, but an Alan Hutton own goal and a Troy Deeney header gave Watford the points. Jordan Ayew netted a late consolation for Villa.