Manchester United had the golden chance to move ahead and secure the top place but what they did was entirely the opposite.
Earlier on Saturday, it was a goals galore at the Premier League as 23 goals were scored in the first five matches and United’s arch rivals, Manchester City scored three of them, in a comfortable 3-1 win over Southampton. With the help of those three points, Manuel Pellegrini’s side leapfrogged both Manchester United and Leicester City and climbed up to the top spot.
Naturally, when the two teams locked horns in the last match of the day, a win was must for both to reach the top. However, they ended up in a stalemate and it was a poor display by the away side.
Right from the beginning, Leicester were on top and Manchester United players looked completely out of sort. Jamie Vardy drew the first blood through a counter-attack when Fuchs sent an intelligent through ball. The man in form put it past David de Gea with great composure. The Spaniard had to pull off a couple of other stunning saves too, later in the day. To be truthful, his heroics saved United from a humiliating loss.
Another person who saved the day for United and helped his team to come out with at least a point was their new German recruit. Just before the half-time, Bastian Schweinsteiger headed a Daley Blind corner with perfection and equalized for Manchester United.
Second half was just another example of, as fans have started to call it now a days, “boring football” from the Red Devils. In spite of enjoying 69% of possession, they could have only two shots on target and that just shows how poor Manchester United attack was. Let us now take a look at the statistics of the match.
|Leicester City||Manchester United|
|Shots (on target)||7 (3)||10 (2)|
|Passes (accuracy)||168 (63%)||491 (83%)|
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