Harvey Barnes continued to plague Leeds as he inspired Leicester to a crucial win that breathed new life into their hopes of survival.
The winger scored his sixth goal in six games against United to help the Foxes to a 2-0 win and ease the mounting pressure on boss Brendan Rodgers.
He added a point from the safety line to Robin Koch’s early own goal with the Foxes before taking on Wolves in the Premier League on Sunday.
While they remain in the bottom three, the win lifted Leicester off the foot of the table and gives Rodgers time in a week that has the potential to shape the Foxes’ season.
The loss extended Leeds’ winless run to seven and they are now just a point ahead of the Foxes, leaving the drop zone on goal difference only.
Jesse Marsch watched his squad slowly slide down the table and faced the wrath of an angry traveling support after ultimately surrendering gently.
Needing a result, Rodgers recalled Jamie Vardy for his second start since early September.
The striker, who has not scored a goal this season, is on his worst losing streak in six years but the Foxes didn’t have to wait long for the opening goal, which came after 16 minutes.
Leeds were arguably the better side but Leicester capitalized on a sloppy defense when Dennis Praet robbed Marc Roca.
Referee Peter Bankes played a good advantage after Vardy was hit, allowing Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall to send Praet to the right. His low cross was destined for the unmarked Barnes, but Koch slipped in and only managed to knock the ball past the stranded Illan Meslier.
The visitors reacted well and when Youri Tielemans’ shot was fired Luis Sinisterra launched a quick break while the Foxes’ defenders desperately pursued them.
The forward appeared to lose the ball on the edge of the area but did well to roll onto the top of the bar.
A minute later, Crysencio Summerville curled wide and Leicester briefly looked ragged until Barnes made it 2-0 with 10 minutes remaining.
An outstanding work from Praet won the ball, which rolled to Dewsbury Hall at the edge of the field for Vardy. He found Barnes unmarked and the winger steered his third goal of the season under an exposed Meslier.
Despite the lead, Leicester failed to fully convince in a first half when Leeds squandered their chances and Danny Ward had to block Liam Cooper’s efforts seven minutes after the restart.
Rasmus Kristensen shot wide but Leeds’ reaction quickly faded and they never seriously worried Leicester, who had rediscovered their resolve.
Praet curled up but a third was never needed at the Foxes and Rodgers, earning a much-needed win.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/harvey-barnes-leicester-premier-league-jamie-vardy-foxes-b2207372.html Harvey Barnes joins Leicester to put pressure on Leeds boss Jesse Marsch