Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes entertained a second-half masterclass against the Blades, with the Nigerian international beating Aaron Ramsdale thrice.
Kelechi Iheanacho has marked his first hat-trick in the Premier League after netting thrice in Leicester City’s 5-0 brutality of Sheffield United on Sunday.
Having bowed 2-0 to Southampton in their last time out – a result which got Chris Wilder fired – the Blades went to the King Power Stadium intending to return to winning ways.
Still, they were blown away by the host’s unyielding in their quest to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Iheanacho put Leicester City up in the 39th minute mark thanks to Jamie Vardy’s contribution. That strike ensured he scored in three consecutive English elite division appearances for the first time.
Also, his last 12 goals in the Premier League have all come against sides starting the day in the bottom half of the table.
At the 64th minute, Ayoze Perez brace his side’s advantage after capitalising on some good work from Marc Albrighton.
Four minutes later, the Nigerian star got his second of the day. Vardy was onto a neat through-ball and showed great awareness with a first-time pass to find Iheanacho, who beat goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.
He finished his treble in the 78th minute with a pass from a Wilfred Ndidi. Collecting the ball 30 yards from goal, he was given too much time to take aim before driving a low shot past a helpless Ramsdale.
Already things are worse for Paul Heckingbottom’s side in the 80th minute as Ethan Ampadu unwilingly diverted a shot into his own goal.
Thanks to Iheanacho’s incredible form, he has now been involved in 51 goals (37 goals, 14 assists) in 76 starts over all competitions, for Manchester City and Leicester City combined, since his start in England on the back of an outstanding run at the 2013 Fifa U17 World Cup.
Each of the last three hat-tricks in the Premier League have been scored by African stars – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang against Leeds United, Riyad Mahrez vs Burnley and Iheanacho vs Sheffield United.
With this result, the Foxes are toppled up to second in the Premier League. As for the Blades, they still remain 14 points from danger zone with just nine matches at hand.