Leicester resumed the season last month with an eight-point lead over United, but a run of three wins from their last 14 league games before and after the shutdown undid their good work in 2019, which included a run of nine straight wins.
With Champions League qualification at stake, the Foxes needed to beat the Red Devils at home today.
The away side defended astutely against an inexperienced Leicester side and made them pay for their rashness, with both goals coming from Leicester mistakes at the back. We want to learn to win games like this, games we need a result in, and it has been a bit like mini-tournament this restart and it looks it as well. We are not the same as we've been early on, but we had to go for it and catch so many points and goals and they have done it'.
"The most important thing is to be above that dotted line on Sunday and we know we have to win to guarantee that", Smith said. It's not in the DNA of the club.
A return to the Champions League not only allows United to compete with Europe's elite again but also makes potential transfer business easier, with additional funds and the lure of playing at the highest level likely to make negotiations simpler.
Solskjaer is more excited at the prospect of pitting his developing side against the strongest opposition available.
"In the Europa League, we've rested players and given an amount of minutes to young lads".
With the ongoing pandemic and the losing of Champions League football, Leicester's summer will go a long way in showing where the Foxes will go as a club going forward. But that's not in my head. "I'm sure they'll have a bright future".