Manchester United have now gone three Premier League games without a win after a 4-2 defeat to Leicester City on Matchday 8. The Red Devils’ 29-match undefeated away record was ended by a Leicester squad that deserved to win.
Marcus Rashford of Manchester United scored in his debut appearance of the season, apparently saving his club by tying the game at 2-2 eight minutes from time. Leicester City, on the other hand, scored a minute later via a spectacular Jamie Vardy goal and then again in stoppage time to seal the victory.
The pressure will undoubtedly build on Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the Red Devils’ season unravels, while the other Premier League contenders, Liverpool and Manchester City, both triumphed. Meanwhile, Leicester City has continued its ascension up the table despite a sluggish start, and is currently only three points behind Manchester United.
“I certainly made a few of stupid mistakes when we conceded four,” Solskjaer remarked after the game. “We haven’t been in terrific shape lately. We’ve given up far too many points. And it is something we must now seriously consider. You might have to make a modification. Is it necessary to have additional legs in there? What do we require? We’ve also had a long soul-searching foreign break, and we’ve prepared really well for this. And, regrettably, it’s one of those that we’ll have to truly study and consider the judgments we’ll have to make.”
Leicester used a 5-3-2 system and outplayed Manchester United in every aspect of the game. The five defenders kept Cristiano Ronaldo at bay, the three midfielders exploited Manchester United’s midfield pair of Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic, and the Leicester front line ran circles around the Red Devils’ back line.
Two spectacular goals highlighted the first half. Leicester was defeated by an incredible single effort by Mason Greenwood, who hit the top left corner to start the score. But Youri Tielemans, Leicester’s finest player, scored an even greater goal with a looping lob shot over Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea.
When Leicester seized the lead in the 78th minute on a far-post put-back, it appeared like it would be enough for the hosts. However, a surprise long ball over the top released Rashford for a 2-2 tie, before Leicester forwards Vardy and Patson Daka struck twice more before the final whistle.
It’s not the way Manchester United planned to start a crucial home Champions League encounter against Atalanta on Wednesday. Then come league games against Liverpool (Oct. 24), Tottenham (Oct. 30), and Manchester City (Oct. 31). (Nov. 6). It’s a period that may define the Red Devils’ season after they’ve already been eliminated from the Carabao Cup.
“To be honest, we’ve been playing these games for a long time.” “Paul Pogba spoke to the BBC after the game. “We haven’t solved the problem of allowing easy, foolish goals. We need to be more mature, play with more experience, and have a healthy dose of hubris. We have to find something, and we have to change.”