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Leicester City vs Manchester United review

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It is a winning return to the English Premier League for Jose Mourinho as his new-look Manchester United side started the 2016-17 season with a win in the Community Shield. Their 2-1 win over Leicester City on Sunday at Wembley gave United their first piece of silverware under Mourinho.

Community Shield is the traditional curtain raiser between the Premier League and FA Cup winners from the previous season. United were the first team off the blocks with plenty of possession in the early parts of the game. And it was teenage winger Jesse Lingard who put the Red Devils ahead with a brilliant solo goal in the first half.

This goal earned Lingard a place in the record books as the only United player after Eric Cantona in 1996 to follow up an FA Cup final strike with a Community Shield goal.

United followed the goal with more possession game but Leicester were buoyed by the fact that the Red Devils were not incisive with this. And Jamie Vardy gave the defending Premier League Champions a life line shortly after half-time. The match was meandering to a stalemate when the Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic steering a header past Kasper Schmeichel in the Leicester goal.

The win gave United it’s 21st Community Shield triumph and a first silverware for Mourinho as United manager. It also continued the recent tradition of FA Cup winners lifting the shield.

A silverware is always nice to have but Mourinho and United know that the sterner tests lie in wait. The win is a morale booster but should not mask the deficiencies of the team – like in central defense. With Paul Pogba waiting in the medical room to rejoin the side, United will be a dangerous proposition for the title-chasing teams in this season.

Leicester will have much to prove in the upcoming season with critics questioning if their win was a ‘flash in the pan’ and other clubs trying to snatch back the title. No perceptible pointers from this game but Leicester look pumped up for a great season ahead!

 

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