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Man Utd 2 - Leicester 1, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

DATE: 26.08.2017 - THE CUNNING FOX - NEWSDESK

 

A new and difficult game as we all predicted, but again great credit to the Leicester team for hard work and sad to see that it all ended in a new away defeat, getting nothing from Old Trafford

Manchester United was as predicted the team that controlled the game in the first half, but a good and steady City defence made good clearances and showed carachter.

The pressure continues, but it never looks very threatening as the attempts from Man Utd never looks very dangerous. City are well balanced and the team performs as well as we would like.

Mahrez is fresh and try to do a bit for himself and makes a number of great dribbles and looks comfortable on the ball, but it never becomes any danger as the first half fades in to "the sea", and we all are of course see this still as a 0-0 draw.
 

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With the type of pressure Man Utd has in the first half, Mourinho might not be too happy with his players, but he continues with the same team and the pressure continues, but City should be credited for trying to a play a bit.

Early into the 2nd half Man Utd are rewarded with a penalty, after Danny Simpson makes a crucial error and his handball results in a given penalty. He was not closely up in his opponent and the shot reaches his arm which is not into his body.

To see Lukaku going for the penalty makes it easy to believe that this is an easy goal for Man Utd, but a certain Kasper Schmeichel is not ready to give away anything and he saves the misplaced shot. A great save and still 0-0.
 

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After this Ciy are slowly winning more and more posession, and we all believe it will be possible to get something out of the game, even a win looks possible at times. with Riyad Mahrez getting into the box and really put pressure on the Man Utd defence.

Why Craig Shakespeare makes two substitutions after 60 minutes is a major riddle. Things were working brilliantly and there were no need for changes, at least not offensive substitutions. Gray and King are both players with an attacking style and not really seen as defensive subs.

TCF believe that the changes made were not needed and not really understanding the idea at all. Again formation is a bit changed, players are changed into positions that they are not used to and things starts to slide again.

City are pressed back again, and 10 minutes after the substitutions we are 1-0 down. A goal from Marcus Rashford, who came on, surprisingly not starting for Man Utd, makes it less understandable why the substiutions were done.

City are losing out on set pieces again, with no one marking Rashford. Vardy is the one closest to Rashford, but this type of error is based on structural changes and the fact that a player like Albrighton no longer is on the field is a direct result of that happening.

A new error occure and despite this goal being an offside, it is not good enough, and after 83 minutes, City are 2-0 down, and the game is lost and because of management errors in organising the team in the 2nd half.

King came close in stoppage time, but a great save from De Gea makes the day complete for Man Utd and another bad away game for City, without any points, but of course a number of positives. Credit to the team, they never collapsed and that is ok to see.

So to sum up the game, here are our positvies and negatives, player ratings and match stats,

Positives:
Keeping Man Utd to a draw in 70 minutes
Schmeichel world class, with a great penalty save
Morgan and Maguire keeping Lukaku silent and good defending for long periods of time
Mahrez showing a lot of promise, being a constant treath to Man Utd

Negatives
Not able to keep the momentum until the final whistle
Not able to build on the positives and get a good result out of the game
Two yellow cards in the late minutes of the game
Shakespeare making changes that works in City's disfavour
The bad away form continues, we would like one or two results away that is a bit of bonus
Terrible defending on set pieces that was the fact on the first goal
Offside goal allowed by referee Oliver
Simpson not able to get close up to the Man Utd player, with more pressure on the ball he would not have been hit in the arm
Never giving Okazaki a full game, this time he could have been on the field for all 90 minutes

Player ratings:
Schmeichel 9, Simpson 5, Maguire 7, Fuchs 5, Morgan 7, Ndidi 6, James 6, Mahrez 8, Vardy 6, Okazaki 5
Subs: Slimani, King, Gray

Match Stats:
H/A
Posession: 65 % / 35 %
Corners: 9 / 3
Shots on target: 5 / 4
Shots wide: 7 / 6
Fouls: 9 / 6
Offsides: 1 / 3

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