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

DATE: 23.12.2017 - THE CUNNING FOX - NEWSDESK

 

City fought like lions against Man City midweek, and today against Man Utd the fighting spirit was there to see again. Great game from a team reduced to 10 men managing a draw

City took the lead after 27 minutes when Riyad Mahrez is played free with a long accurate pass. He goes straight for goal and Jamie Vardy makes a great sprint coming from behind, perfectly passed from Mahrez and the ball is in the goal.

Man Utd had most of the pressure for the rest of the first half and should have scored more. Mourinho and his men keeps pressure on City and when Juan Mata scores after 40 minutes, its after a period of great Man Utd pressure.

The first half ends 1-1, and City must be most satisfied, not being able to keep the ball as much as you would like, but again this is quality opposition and you have to be satisfied.
 

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2nd half starts with Man Utd pressure, Jesse Lingards hits the goalpost, and Marcial should have scored from a chance alone with Kasper Schmeichel but his shot goes into the stands.

Man Utd is rewarded a free kick just outside the penalty box. Juan Mata is the one taking it, and he just curles the ball over the Leicester wall, and a hidden Schmeichel is not able to react. A difficult position for a goalkeeper, when free kicks are taken so close to goal.

Leicester are reduced to 10 men when sub Daniel Amartey is red carded after a second offence. The Ghana international is on the field for just 16 minutes. Puel again makes crucial substitutions that makes it possible for City to again attack, despite being 10 men.
 

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Fuchs, Morgan and Maguiire becomes the trio in the back, Albrighton goes into the centre of midfield, and today City's best player on the field. The games waves in both directions and Manchester United gets a number of chances to kill the game of.

Marcus Rashford comes very close, but "the cat" Kasper Schmeichel makes a crucial save which keeps the hope high for City. Chilwell is agian crucial in the end of the game coming on and setting pressure from the left.

In the last minute of stoppage time, a perfect cross from Marc Albrighton finds Harry Maguire who is cool in his finish and makes no error passing the ball with his foot behind Daniel De Gea. The game is finished 2-2.

Positives:
Scoring goals in the final minute, fighting like lions with 10 men
Puel with crucial changes that makes it possible for City to keep momentum and go forward with 10 men
Fantastic partnership between Vardy and Mahrez on the first goal, magic
Schmeichel making crucial saves
Maguire goal and great attacking capacity
City creating chances and keeping more and more possession against quality teams
Picking points from teams above in the table, great to see

Negatives:
Giving away a lead
A midfield that makes to many errors, Iborra a bit below his best level
Amartay red carded, only playing 16 minutes

Player ratings:
Schmeichel 7, Simpson 5, Fuchs 7, Maguire 8, Morgan 6, Ndidi 5, Iborra 5, Gray 5, Vardy 7, Mahrez 7, Albrighton 9
Subs: Okazaki, Amartey, Chilwell

Match Stats:
H/A
Possession: 54 % / 46 %
Corners: 4 / 6
Shots on target: 3 / 4
Shots wide: 2 / 8
Fouls: 18 / 8
Offsides: 0 / 5

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