From brilliance to total collapse a story of two sides of Manchester United
Leicester 5-3 Manchester United
Since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson we have all been surprised on quite a few occasions but perhaps the biggest surprise of all came today.
The match got off to a great start for Manchester United as goals from Robin Van Persie and Angel Di Maria gave Utd a two goal lead within 15 minutes both goals came after some really great play from the team and it was a fully deserved lead. After the second goal the naivety and lack of defensive quality we saw so much last season was evident again as Leicester raced down the pitch almost instantly and pulled a goal back through the deadly striker Leonardo Ulloa as he climbed above Tyler Blackett to head home a goal back for Leicester.
The game was pretty quiet until half time and after half time Utd started to play some great stuff again with very good quick passing in midfield as Falcao almost got his first goal for the club with a brilliant volley that bounced off the cross bar. Soon after that Utd grabbed their third goal with Ander Herrera scoring with a clever flick from Di Maria’s shot. Despite the third goal for Utd Leicester still kept pressing and going forward as you would expect from a team like them with the energy and pace they play with.
Leicester winger Jamie Vardy stormed forward literally shoving Rafael out the way which should have been given as a foul but Rafael quickly got up and fouled Vardy inside the box and conceded a penalty. David Nugent stepped up and converted the penalty kick to make it 3-2 despite Leicester showing a lot of promise and quality you would expect Louis Van Gaal’s side to remain resilient and not crumble under the pressure however that was not the case at all. Leicester continued to surge forward and before we knew it Leicester scored again making 3-3 through their star summer signing Esteban Cambiasso scoring with a close range effort. Juan Mata a second half substitute was caught in possession by Leicester allowing Jamie Vardy to surge forward yet again and made it 4-3 to Leicester after he found himself in acres of space in the Utd half of the pitch.
The miserable afternoon was rounded up when Tyler Blackett fouled Vardy in the box and was sent off and Leicester had another penalty which Ulloa scored to make it 5-3 to Leicester and finished Utd off. This game highlighted the defensive weaknesses of the team and we have to wonder why the defence wasn’t strengthened more in the transfer window after losing players like Ferdinand and Vidic. I have to bring up my real disappointment that Patrice Evra was allowed to leave as well he would have been perfect for the game today because he is a leader and is a feisty character which was needed today because Utd got bullied by Leicester and you have to worry about future games after the performance today because its not difficult to bully a team and i’m sure our future opponents will look to do what Leicester did on Sunday.