After an embarrassing display in Cambridge last week, Manchester United hosted Leicester City in an important match that helped United inch closer and closer to the noisy neighbours Manchester City who drew to Chelsea 1-1. The United side was definitely under pressure today, after the draw in Cambridge which included poor showings from players such as Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao, who have both been hit or miss so far this season. Both started in the lineup today, as Daley Blind moved from Defence to Midfield, and Luke Shaw returned to his place in the lineup. Wayne Rooney also started today, also taking on a midfield role, and Robin Van Persie also got a start today after James Wilson got the start against Cambridge but was subbed off for RvP.
Louis Van Gaal appeared to have used four defenders today, after his three defender system has been in question after the system hasn’t been working with players completely unaccustomed to the formation. United started out pretty strong in attacking, taking chances in Leicester’s half, and playing smarter than what we saw against Cambridge. United fans are generally able to tell when United are in groove, and fans grow excited for any attacking plays that they run. It took a few goes for United but they were able to get on the board in the 27th minute when a quality through ball from Daley Blind allowed Robin Van Persie to get in front (He looked offside, however) of the defenders and put the ball in the net.
Five minutes later Radamel Falcao was able to get a very simple goal after an attempt from Angel Di Maria was deflected and put right in front of Falcao. Every goal is important for Falcao at the moment with his worthiness to remain at Man United after his loan spell ends has been in question, some believe he wouldn’t be worth keeping around, while others believe he has a lot to contribute to the club, but Falcao will be looking to keep scoring from now throughout the season, it seems as though he is fighting to stay at United.
United were helped out by Leicester after defender Wes Morgan deflected the ball into his own goal after a series of headers and deflections in front of the goal. It was fairly unlucky as the ball would have most likely gone into the goal and would not have been blamed on Morgan. Leicester City got onto the board in the 80th minute when Marcin Wasilewski was able to put a header into the net after a cross from Marc Albrighton. The goal only affected David De Gea’s clean sheet, who just signed his new contract that keeps him at United until 2020.
With Saturday’s win, United move to 5 points below Man City, and ten points below first place Chelsea, which seems to make things interesting, with United in range again to reach the top of the table. United face Cambridge in the FA Cup replay at Old Trafford on Tuesday, then head over to West Ham on Sunday, and then host Burnley on Wednesday.