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EPL 2016-2017 - Manchester United v Leicester City - MATCH REVIEW

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Crisis? What crisis? That seemed to be the theme at Old Trafford from a Mancehster United side that for the first time this season looked confident, sublime and clinical. Performance in one game is not enough to judge a team or a season but this is something that looks potentially season-changing for the Red Devils. A 4-1 win over Champions Leicester City has all the signs of being that, for the Old Trafford faithful.

Rooney benched

Final Score

Man Utd FC  
Manchester United
4
22' C. Smalling
37' Mata
40' M. Rashford
42' P. Pogba
Leiscester City
Leicester City
0
 

EPL Season 2016/2017

Jose Mourinho made the first big statement of his tenure by dropping his captain to the bench. Chris Smalling took the armband in Wayne Rooney’s absence while Juan Mata slotted in the number 10 role. Ander Herrera was awarded for his mid-week performance with a starting role while Jesse Lingard came back into the side.

United dominated early exchanges with an aggression that was missing from their game so far this season. Paul Pogba looked threatening and often dominating from the midfield while Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford connected well. United looked the most likelier of the teams to score a goal.

And score a goal they did, through Smalling’s header. But United didn’t look taking their foot off the pedal as the attacking moves kept coming one after the other. Mata proved his skills as a number 10 by completing a slick move with a sublime strike. Suddenly all was well at Old Trafford and the gloom of three losses looked a thing of distant past.

No letting off!

There was no let off from United though, with consistent pressure led by Pogba and Rashford. Leicester had no answer to the gauntlet thrown by United as goals from Rashford and Pogba – both from corners – put the game past them. If Mata’s goal was sublime, Rashford’s goal was of a pure poacher and Pogba’s strike was complete class.

After his world record move to United, Pogba struggled to adapt to his role but today’s performance highlighted just why United wanted to spend so much. The Frenchman is expected to control games on a regular basis and his brilliance in the first half is just what the Red Devils want – but more consistently.

Gray scores a peach but it’s too late

Demarai Gray scored a spectacular goal in the second half to ruin a clean sheet for David de Gea but the result was already sealed in the first half. This was United’s first Premier League in a month and Leicester already lost three this season – same as the whole of last.

The performance of United got glorified in the abjectness of the Foxes. The hosts were impressive but Leicester made them look better. The return to form for Jose and United was complete and all is well again at Old Trafford. Worryingly for Rooney, it was achieved in his absence and the team looks in control without him in the mix.

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Man Utd team composition:

Manchester United Positions 4-2-3-1

  • 1 David de Gea
  • 12 C. Smalling  Goal22'
  • 3 E. Bailly
  • 8 A Valencia
  • 9 Mata  Goal37' Substitution87'
  • 17 D. Blind 
  • 21 Ander Herrera
  • 6 P. Pogba Goal42'
  • 14 J. Lingard Substitution
  • 9 Z. Ibrahimović 
  • 19 M. Rashford Goal40'
  • Coah: José Mourhino

Man Utd Substitutes

  • 5 M. Carrick 78' Substitution
  • 6 W Rooney 83' Substitution
  • 10 A. Young 87' Substitution
  • 5 M. Rojo
  • 20 S. Rmoero
  • 24 T. Fosu-Mensah
  • 27 M. Fellaini

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Man Utd statistics

Ball possession: 62%
Shots On target: 5
Corners: 8
Fouls: 9
Offsides: 3
Disciplinary: 0 Yellow Card 0 REd Card
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Leicester City team composition:

Leicester City Positions 4-4-2

  • 1 R. Zieler 
  • 3 R. Huth Yellow Card50'
  • 4 C. Fuchs 
  • 7 D. Simpson Yellow Card74'
  • 8 W. Morgan 
  • 11 M. AlbrightonSubstitution62'
  • 13 D. Drinkwater 
  • 14 D. Armartey 
  • 17 I. Slimani
  • 18 R. Mahrez Substitution46'
  • 21 J. Vardy Substitution46'
  • Coah: C. Ranieri

Leicester City Substitutes:

  • 2 A. King Substitution46'
  • 19 D. Gray Substitution46' Goal59'
  • 20J. Schlupp Substitution62'
  • 2 Luis Hernandez
  • 12 B. Hamer
  • 20 S. Okazaki
  • 23 L. Ulloa

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Leicester City statistics

Ball possession: 38%
Shots On target: 3
Corners: 6
Fouls: 12
Offsides: 1
Disciplinary: 2 Yellow Card 0 REd Card

 
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