Vardy And Daka Put A Stop To Manchester United’s Away Record

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The most damning aspect of Manchester United’s poor performance is that Leicester City appeared to be the better-coached team. Brendan Rodgers had a strategy, but Ole Gunnar Solskjr had Cristiano Ronaldo. Leicester, who had not won in the league since August 28, were slicker and smarter from start to end, and they were unquestionably deserving winners. Youri Tielemans was superb in central midfield, James Maddison found his creative flair, and United were a miserable bunch, their 29-game unbeaten away record in the Premier League coming to an end.

After this tactically confused show, questions about Solskjr will resurface. United, who had only one point in their previous three games, couldn’t rely on individual brilliance to save them. Mason Greenwood’s exceptional goal and Marcus Rashford’s late equalizer on his debut appearance of the season couldn’t hide their poor defence.

Harry Maguire set the tone by allowing the ball to run out of play in the first minute. When Leicester harried United, they looked sloppy and distracted, and Maguire was not the only player who struggled in possession.

United were fortunate that they were not penalized for yet another sloppy start. With Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic playing in a deep-lying midfield role, there was too much space in front of their defense four at times, and it was difficult to identify much of an attack strategy. On the left, Jadon Sancho was quiet in his third league start of the season, and there were periods when it appeared United had no means of breaking down Leicester, who were significantly more safe after switching to a back three.

It undoubtedly helped that Jonny Evans was available to play with Daniel Amartey and Caglar Soyuncu in center defense for Leicester. Evans was a calming presence in attack, and the hosts were bolstered by some encouraging sparks in attack from James Maddison, who captivated the crowd with some exquisite touches in the No 10 role.

During the first half, Leicester was the much more polished team. In midfield, Boubakary Soumaré was tidy and composed, teaming with Tielemans to outplay Matic and Pogba. Timothy Castagne and Ricardo Pereira, the wing-backs, were daring on the flanks, while Maddison, whose recent form has been poor, was impressive.

source : Guardian sport

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