After a two week break from club football, Manchester United were back in action in the Premier League, facing the boys in blue Leicester City. This match signified the start of an incredibly tough run for the Red Devils, where they will face most of the best teams in the league within the next two months.
The match started off at a fast pace, with Leicester proving early on they were in it to win it. An early harrowing from the Foxes’ attack saw United become instantly shakey from the back, and although the game was open, it was clear that the home side were on top.
That being said, the reds wingers for the first half, Jadon Sancho and Mason Greenwood, looked dangerous. This accumulated into star boy Greenwood firing what will probably United’s Goal of the Month for October right into the top corner from 20-yards out.
The lead did not last long however, as soon after Harry Maguire was dispossessed by Kelechi Iheanacho in his defensive third, a turn over that resulted in Youri Tielemans dispaching what will probably be Premier League Goal of the Month for October over David de Gea‘s head to bring the Foxes level going in to half time.
The second half was a bit of a disaster. Not much happened in the third quarter of the match, however once Leicester went ahead, it became clear who the momentum was with. Marcus Rashford made his comeback and scored to level the game again, however 54 seconds later, Jamie Vardy put Leicester back in front. Patson Daka secured victory for the Foxes with a fourth goal of the afternoon.
David de Gea – 7/10
David de Gea was let down by his defence today. Made some brilliant saves and couldn’t do much about the goals he conceded.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 5.5/10
United’s best defender today, although the standard wasn’t that high.
Victor Lindelof – 3/10
Struggled a lot with the aggressive nature of Leicester’s attack, and although grew in to the game slightly as time went on, ultimately put in a poor display.Embed from Getty Images
Harry Maguire – 1/10
Not a good return to the King Power Stadium for Harry Maguire. Was at at least partial fault for all Leicester’s goals, although it is hard to say how much of that was down to him being rushed back from injury.
Luke Shaw – 4/10
Shaw did not have much positive impact on today’s game, and although there were no glaring issues, there was not much to shout about either.
Nemanja Matic – 5/10
Having the job of covering United’s front 5 today, Leicester found it too easy to pass through the midfield. However, Matic did well to progress play, making 43 accurate passes.
Paul Pogba – 4/10
Fresh off winning the Nations League, today was a day to forget for Paul Pogba. He gave away 6 fouls and luck was not on his side with regards to his more risky pass attempts.Embed from Getty Images
Bruno Fernandes – 5/10
Grabbing an assist, Bruno Fernandes did a lot to try and force Leicester in to problems, however just like most of the side, none of the riskier moves really came off.
Mason Greenwood – 7/10
Mason Greenwood was great for the most part today. His absolutely stunning goal to open the scoring was enough to give him a high-ish rating. It’s a shame it did not result in anything positive.
Cristiano Ronaldo – 3/10
Today was arguably Ronaldo’s worst display in a United shirt. Most counter attscks slowed when they got to him, he registered only one shot on target and did not add much value to United’s attacks.Embed from Getty Images
Jadon Sancho – 6/10
He made a number of good runs that unfortunately he was not picked out for, and he looked a threat every time he’s on the ball. Sancho is clearly becoming more confident.
Marcus Rashford – 5/10
It was brilliant to see Rashford back out on the pitch today, and even better that he got on the score sheet. It’s unfair to properly critique someone who’s not played football since July.Embed from Getty Images
Scott McTominay – N/A
Jesse Lingard – N/A