Manchester United fell to Leicester City on the road 4-2 as they have now gone winless in their past three Premier League matches. Their 29-match away unbeaten streak was also snapped by a Leicester team who were well-deserving of the victory by dominating United throughout.
Manchester United Drop More Points
Marcus Rashford made his first appearance of the season after returning from injury and was able to make immediate contributions with a goal that leveled the score 2-2. Jamie Vardy quickly answered with a goal of his own before Leicester was able to take away any hope of equalizing with another goal in stoppage time.
Let’s dive into what went wrong for the Red Devils and what they must do moving forward to salvage their title hopes.
What Went Wrong?
The first issue that went wrong for Manchester United is lack of creative play up top. There were very few times where they were able to string enough passes together to result in a dangerous opportunity in the end.
With Ronaldo, Rashford, and Sancho up top, the midfield needs to stay connected to put teams like Leicester away early.
Defensive miscues were the second big issue for United on Saturday. Raphael Varane was not in the starting lineup due to injury, and his presence was missed. There were many times where Harry Macguire was out of position or too nonchalant on the ball.
The defense as a whole looked out of sorts, but the captain deserves criticism for his performance.
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— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 18, 2021
Lastly, Ole Solskjaer has not been able to figure out the perfect recipe to lead his players to success. A lot of soccer is what your players can do, but the main way that a manager can impact the game is through his formation and substitution tactics.
He has not been able to succeed this season with either of those. Ole has been saved in the last moments of some games where United have been able to escape. If it wasn’t for those last-second wins, Ole Solskjaer would be jobless right now.
Manchester United will need to figure it out soon if they want to stay in contention for the Premier League title. All of the talent is there, but there is a lack of vigor and classy play that has escaped this team.
The additions of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jaden Sancho, and Raphael Varane should’ve added depth and consistency, but it has ultimately led to more confusion.
United will have the ability to bounce back on Wednesday when they face Atalanta for another Champions League group stage matchup at 3 pm EST. The Red Devils will then face second place Liverpool on Sunday morning at 11:30 am EST.