Leicester Vs Manchester United- Things We Have Learned

Manchester United 29 match unbeaten away record ends at the King Power stadium after a thrashing 4-2 defeat by Leicester. This defeat makes it three straight winless premier league matches. How is this loss going to affect their performance as the next four fixtures are against challenging opponents?

1. Midfield problems unresolved

Manchester united failure to strengthen the midfield last transfer window is proving costly. Even with the abundant players in that position, Ole has struggled to make the best out of them; Fred and Mc Tominay aren’t good enough a sentiment by some pundits and ex-players.

An aging Matic, the only specialized defensive midfielder, who hasn’t got the legs anymore, Paul Pogba can’t be trusted to play in the midfield two because he lacks the discipline, and Donny has lost favor with the Coach

A recurring theme this season yesterday’s game included is the inability to build from the middle. The lack of ball control is affecting the transition to the final third with players left to play sideways passing and overreliance on the wingers to make things happen.

2. Ole’s competency put into question.

The manager’s decision to play Maguire ahead of Eric Baily was shocking. Coming from an injury, the skipper showed signs of rustiness, and he could not handle the pressure mounted by Leicester.

More and more, Ole looks to have favorites in the team, which is not helping his situation. Most of the fans have shown concern on how he is treating Donny and now adding Eric Baily to the mix, including some of the players who have not gotten a chance to show their skills under his management, Ole has left fans questioning if is he the right man to take United to the next level.  

3. Disjointed Attack

The lack of chemistry in the final third mainly because of unclear pattern of play and the midfield situation doesn’t help the situation.

Sancho is taking time to adapt to this new style of play, and since the Rashford injury, there hasn’t been a consistent left-winger.

4. De Gea, Greenwood and Rashford Brilliant performance

Greenwood is in his best form. The opening goal is a testament on his growth as a player and he as shown he deserves regular and consistent game time.

If not for the four goals, the Spanish show stopper had a brilliant night with some great saves. De Gea has solidify his spot as the number one keeper.

Rashford looked sharp making his first appearance this season. Coming from the bench to replace his international team mate he equalized the game making it 2-2 only for United to bottle the chance to come out with the draw 15 seconds later

Author: Clinton Salmon