Manchester United fail to keep their display cool as they stumbled at the King Power stadium to a stoppage-time equalizer by Harry Maguire in a 2-2 draw against Leicester City. Juan Mata scored both Manchester United goals, but ultimately that was not enough for Jose Mourinho‘s players to win in a match where they had an extra man on the pitch for 20 minutes, as Daniel Amartey got sent-off midway through the second half.
This was a match resembling some of Man United’s displays from the last season. The Reds were in command of the match, controlling the run of play and creating handful of good chances. However, goals from Jamie Vardy and Maguire made them settle for a point.
Romelu Lukaku With A Brilliant Display
This was one of his best performances in Manchester United shirt. Romelu Lukaku played brilliantly throughout. At certain points of the match, it was even hard to assume Lukaku would be doing some of the things he did. The Belgian was creating chances – four to be precise – in a way you would expect to see from Mata or some other creative attacking midfielder.
While he is not best known for his creativity and great touch, Lukaku showed he improved in that segment as well. He only made one shot on Saturday night, yet no one even mentioned that. His overall performance offered a lot for the players playing behind him and hopefully he will continue adding goals to that.
Manchester United Must Win When Dominating
This was a match resembling last season and that is something Manchester United should not go to. They have improved as a unit and play a better football. They are also winning more points, but the match against Leicester should be a nice reminder of how it used to be. Manchester United created enough great chances and could have easily scored five goals.
The Reds made 19 shots, six of them going on target, but still could not completely break the Foxes. Maguire’s goal was something that should have never happened, but now Mourinho will have a good reason to make a wake-up call for some of Manchester United players.
Jamie Vardy #50
This was an important match for Jamie Vardy. The Englishman managed to score after a Riyad Mahrez assist. It was his 50th Premier League goal, a feat not many people expected to see two and a half years ago. In the meantime, Vardy managed to score in 11 consecutive Premier League matches and break Ruud van Nistelroy’s record, win the league title in a shocking manner and play in the Champions League quarterfinal.
These years have been so good to him. He also played at Euro 2016 and has become a regular England player. Yet, this 50th goal meant something else as well. The big Premier League sides cannot cope with his pace.
Of all 50 goals he scored, a whooping 21 have come against the so called ‘big six’ sides. That is 42 percent of all goals reserved only for the richest clubs in the country. His pace and movement simply thrive against high defensive lines. It is obvious Vardy has not been completely contained by his guardians. Hopefully Gareth Southgate will know how to exploit that next summer.