Leicester City vs Manchester United Summary
After big talk of a win signifying a title bid, Manchester United dropped points in a desmond draw against Leicester City. The result saw United drop a place to fourth as Everton’s 1-0 win saw them climb to second. United’s game in hand still would mean they would rise to second if they win. But for now it is a disappointing result as Manchester United could have swept this Leicester side away with the chances they made. Whereas Leicester only made the two chances they put away as David de Gea was not really tested during the game.
United have to shake themselves off and keep going as any title challenger would. They have four home games on the bounce in the different competitions. Wolves and Aston Villa are top four challengers at the moment and so United need to win both to distance themselves from these teams before the two domestic cup matches. United must compete and win trophies and so victories against City and Watford are also a must. It has been a while since United can “afford” to lose a game. Nothing has changed for this run of games. United have to win them all.
Leicester City vs Manchester United Player Ratings
David de Gea 6/10
One nervy moment but couldn’t do a thing about the goals.
Victor Lindelof 6.5/10
Did alright in a difficult position. Was far more exposed when James came off but was to be expected. Came off injured and I hope it isn’t too serious.
Eric Bailly 7/10
His second start in a row and looked pretty decent. Was he to blame for letting Vardy go? I couldn’t say whether it was a small lapse in focus or great movement from Vardy.
Harry Maguire 7/10
Another good defensive display. Some criticised him for falling over when clearing in the build-up for the equaliser which is honestly just nonsense. However, he missed a glorious chance at 2-1 to bury the result. Every time I see him go for the ball, he aims with the top of his head which prevents any kind of accuracy. He has to go with his forehead or he will keep missing these chances. Something to work on for sure.
Luke Shaw 8/10
An almost perfect display from Shaw. He dealt with Albrighton very well all game and even when Justin came forward, he did have him marked too. I do blame him partly for the second goal as his man is Perez and Pogba calls for one of him and Fred to mark the Spaniard. No one does and Perez bags an assist. He was at fault for a similar goal against Spurs which is why I think he is at fault here too.
Scott McTominay 6/10
Robust challenges but he had to close down Barnes quicker. He just failed to do so at a crucial time. Still think he played well for the rest of the game but that was a big mistake.
Again his passing was decent but missed any urgency. Got caught out a few times in the Leicester press and if not for the injury to Lindelof, should have been replaced by Van De Beek. A poor game and Wolves will expose his limitations if they can so he must be vigilant.
Bruno Fernandes 8.5/10
Involved in two goals for United and one for Leicester. Undeniably United’s main man for attacking but can’t give the ball away in such a dangerous position. 31 G+A in 28 League games is staggering. Long may his dominance in this league continue.
Daniel James 6/10
He does get scapegoated a lot and it is unfair at times. He was crucial for the opening goal but failed to make possession count on a couple of occasions. The game needed more quality and so he had to come off for Pogba even though it weakened United defensively on the right.
Marcus Rashford 7/10
One goal that he took brilliantly but missed two big chances. The header is inexcusable but the third effort is a great save. There is an argument he should have gone low or dinked Schmeichel but it is fine goalkeeping regardless. He did lack urgency in pressing and often slowed attacks down with his passing. I do hope he is given a rest against Villa as he is due one.
Anthony Martial 7/10
I don’t know how people slated him during this game. I thought he played well. Narrowly offside for his goal but caused Leicester problems and his hold up play was excellent.
Paul Pogba 7/10
Changed the game with the quality he has. His passing, intelligence and powerful runs brought United forward a lot. Dealt with the physicality of Ndidi very well and he was one of the most fouled players in the match.
Edinson Cavani 7.5/10
Everyone can see what Cavani can bring. He is very quickly removing the curse of the number 7 shirt as he got another smart assist to Fernandes. Will offer United great depth in the tricky weeks ahead.
Axel Tuanzebe 6/10
Not sure he did much wrong. Could not get out of the way for Vardy’s shot which apparently was going wide. Tough on Tuanzebe who is playing in a difficult position. United do need reinforcements in this position as Wan-Bissaka’s injury is causing some issues.
Man of the Match: Bruno Fernandes
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 7.5/10
I am not sure there was much wrong with the selection. Fred was exposed to the Leicester press so perhaps Pogba could have played. Other than that it was faultless. James needed to give Lindelof cover and was crucial in the opener. Brining on Cavani and Pogba were the right decisions and had United not missed their chances, we would be talking about another masterclass from Ole. It was not to be but that cannot be blamed on the manager. United remain unbeaten in the league since the Arsenal loss and unbeaten away since their last trip to Anfield. That has to continue going into such a heavy fixture list and difficult opponents if United are to be in a proper title race in the new year.