Manchester United suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Leicester City at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening. This result also confirmed our rivals and neighbours Manchester City being crowned Premier League Champions. It was a much-changed side for the Red Devils as Ole made ten changes with only Mason Greenwood keeping his place from the Aston Villa game.
United’s first-half performance was certainly above everyone’s expectations given the changes. Though we did start the game slowly and did not find any rhythm in the first ten minutes of the game. It was Leicester who were getting the better of exchanges and deservedly took the lead after 10 minutes and to be fair it was a good goal they scored.
Youri Tielemans broke through the United defence. He hit a cross from the right with Jamie Vardy waiting in the six yard box ready to pounce. However, he got the call from Luke Thomas to let the ball go over his head. Thomas then met the ball with a left foot volley that went straight back across the goal over Brandon Williams’s head to go into the far corner of the net.
Greenwood’s Back To His Best
United hit back from conceding instantly. Within five minutes, our top-scoring teenager Mason Greenwood responded with an equaliser. He has hit form at the right time and is now back to his best. Greenwood picked up the ball from Amad Diallo’s pass inside the box. He then powered his way through the Leicester defence getting past Soyuncu and hit a low shot into the far corner of the goal past Kaper Schmeichel.
In the entire history of the Premier League, only four other players in their teenage years have scored more goals: Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler, Wayne Rooney, and Nicolas Anelka. Greenwood is definitely in good company.
Leicester did have a chance to restore their lead when a long range cross from Youri Tielemans nearly caught out David De Gea when he tipped the ball over the bar. Just before half-time won a promising free-kick just outside the box but ultimately Tielemans shot hit the wall.
Set pieces cost us again
The second half saw United pushed deep back into their own half as we had to defend more and more. The pressure ultimately told as we conceded another goal from a corner on the 66th minute. This has happened on more than one occasion this season.
Leicester’s Marc Albrighton whipped the ball in from the right corner and defender Caglar Soyuncu lost Marcus Rashford to then rise above Nemanja Matic to head the ball into the back of the net. It could be argued Solskjær replacing players when the opposition is taking the corner was not the right option.
The Red Devils tried to get themselves back into the game as Solskjær had already bought Cavani and Rashford. Our build-up play remained slow and hardly created any chances that were testing the opposition keeper. Bruno Fernandes was brought on to inject that creativity and did have one opportunity when a United move ended when his half volley sliced wide of the Leicester goal. Brandon Williams did deliver a cross for Marcus Rashford who was unable to get a good connection on it to steer it towards goal.
Despite the defeat, the players that Solskjær picked did well as the squad had been rotated with this busy run of fixtures. This was the second of three games that United has played in five days. The squad will have no rest as we play Liverpool in the next 48 hours. There are plenty of positives to take from this performance especially the younger players Amad Diallo and Anthony Elanga.
Possession: Man United 52%-48% Leicester
Shots: Man United 4-12 Leicester
Shots on target: Man United 1-3 Leicester
Corners: Man United 3-4 Leicester
Fouls: Man United 9-12 Leicester
Man of the match: Mason Greenwood