Leicester 0, Man Utd 1, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report, Premier League fixture

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A new experimental approach for Brendan Rodgers as he push Wilfred Ndidi back in defence and Bouba Soumare given a chance in a deep midfield position, giving Maddison a role out wide again.

Luke Thomas was also playing his first game of the season. The experiment looked like a good plan from start but over the full length it was again too little that happened to create a goal.

Leicester did start lively but without any real sting it was just clever passing and a bit of posession. Jonny Evans and Wilfred Ndidi showed why Leicester struggle as the two had major problems getting exposed at times and after 23 minutes Man Utd was 1-0 up.

Everything looked in control but in just seconds the back four was all over the place and the pace of the Man UTd forwards made it almost impossible as they opened the back four up as a can of tomatos.

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall and James Maddison tried as much as they could but today Harvey Barnes had a problematic game and Jamie Vardy was not really in it at all. Man Utd shows a massive progress as their defence was like a wall.

Despite those difficulties Leicester came out in 2nd half trying their best and pushed for a goal, coming very close after 51 minutes with a James Maddison free kick, but David De Gea made a fantastic save.

Leicester had the chances to equalize all to the very end and in fearness deserved a goal. But when you have players such as Casemiro and Ronaldo on the bench, there will be no rest when they enter the field. Both players posess skills in their area that did see the opponent again taking advantage.

A grand opportuntiy for James Justin after being played through by Patson Daka, who had just come on and replaced Jamie Vardy, ended up in the stands with a missed shot as a pass into the middle would have probably been a better idea.

All in all not a bad performance by Leicester and looking at the stats we do see Leicester with 54% possession and having the play to get more than zero out of such a game.

Five games into the season the situation looks difficult, just one point from these games is not enough and it will surely be a struggle and as Khun Top explained in his Match Programme comments there are concerns of a financial situation that needed to be balanced and sporting decisions has been set aside to solve those challenges.

Wout Faes was present at the game as we all got the news that the Belgian international has signed and of course something positive very late in the transfer window.

Leicester will go down to Brighton on Sunday with a very difficult away game to play, but hopefully the players can unite and look forward without dreaming of moves to Chelsea’s, Tottenham’s, Arsenal’s, Liverpool’s, Man City’s, Man Utd’s as we all know can be a fatigue affair looking at our major sales such as Ben Chilwell, Harry Maguire and Riyad Mahrez all at the moment warming the bench at some of these football clubs.

  • Positives
    • Bouba Soumare showed he can cope with this level and hopefully getting a run
    • KDH showed will and strong belief, but not creative enough to turn it around
    • James Maddison coming close with a great free kick
  • Negatives
    • Too many experiments from the manager, everything looks a bit random
    • James Maddison playing out of position moving around and giving away space defensively
    • Danny Ward not really bringing quality enough to calm his back four
    • Again a massive black out in defence, leading to the one and only goal
    • Missing clear chances and no plan of play going forward
    • Too many back passes, push forward when you have no pressure
    • Brendan Rodgers not using more of his subs

Player Ratings: Ward 5, Justin 5, Thomas 5, Evans 6, Ndidi 5, Tielemans 6, Dewsbury-Hall 6, Vardy 5, Barnes 5, Maddison 6, Soumare 6 Subs: Daka, Iheanacho,

  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • James Maddison

Match Stats (H/A)

  • Possession: 54 / 46
  • Corners: 1 / 3
  • Shots on target: 2 / 2
  • Fouls: 7 / 15

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