Manchester United 3-1 Leicester City Match Review

Manchester United 3-1 Leicester City

This afternoon at Old Trafford Manchester United beat Leicester City 3-1 thanks to three first half goals from Robin Van Persie, Radamel Falcao and an own goal from Wes Morgan. Did Louis Van Gaal bow to supporter pressure in this game as Manchester United returned to the 4-4-2 formation that the majority if not all Manchester United supporters have been asking for. They started with a back four of Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones and Antonio Valencia. Had a midfield four of Angel Di Maria, Daley Blind, Wayne Rooney and Adnan Januzaj.

Now what was this midfield four, was it a diamond or a flat four across the midfield. In my view it was neither of these, I feel I was more of 4-1-3-2 with Daley Blind sitting deeper than the rest of the midfield then three of Di Maria, Rooney and Januzaj behind the two strikers Robin Van Persie and Radamel Falcao. Daley Blind again put in another very good performance in front of the defence and closed down and intercepted any attempted attacks from Leicester. The first goal of the game came when Daley Blind closed down the Leicester player close to the edge of their area and won the ball before playing a ball over the top of the defence for Van Persie to run onto and volley past Mark Schwarzer into the bottom corner. This came in the 27th minute and five minutes later United were two-nil up thanks to a Falcao goal that came about after some neat play on the half-way line from Van Persie, who then played the ball to an on running Di Maria. Di Maria ran with the ball into the Leicester area and had his shot parried by Schwarzer but Falcao had continued his run into the area and beat the two Leicester defenders to the ball to score the 2nd goal after 32 minutes. United made 3-0 on 44 minutes thanks to a Wes Morgan own goal. United’s corner to left hand side was taken by Rooney and Blind made a run to the near post and flicked ball, Morgan got his head to the ball but could only divert it into his own net.

The first half performance from Manchester United was a good one, with the attacking play being slightly quicker than in previous games, they still didn’t make many more clear cut chances though other than the goals they scored. The second half was a disappointing one from my point of view, I was expecting United to go on and make it 4 or 5-0 but that never materialised. United’s play was slower with more sideways and backwards passer than we had seen in the first half. Leicester got a goal back in 79th minute through Wasilewski as he headed a cross in at the far post which David De Gea could do nothing to stop going into his net. After Leicester were slightly more urgent but didn’t trouble David De Gea goal any further and United played out the game for a 3-1 win. After the game Louis Van Gaal said he was pleased with his team performance especially in the first half and in the second half he asked his team to kill the game while still looking for the forward passes. He said we killed the game a bit too much though and there were too many backward passes. He was also asked about the United formation for this game and future games after returning to a back four for this game, he said it depends on the players he has available because Luke Shaw is a left back and not a left wing-back, whereas if we play with Young and Valencia we have to play with wing-backs because they play better in these positions and struggle as full-backs. So we will have to wait and see what formations he uses in future games. Thank You For Reading And Feel Free To Add Your Comments

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