Not often in a season do must-win games come so early for a team as it did for Man United on Saturday afternoon. The Red Devils were without a win in three games, putting them at an early disadvantage in the race for the hallowed fourth place. Leicester City, on the other hand, are a team making progress under Brendan Rogers. His exciting style – which has brought the best out of Jamie Vardy – has recaptured and refocused the Foxes as they attempt to make another legitimate claim for the higher positions in the table.
In this tactical analysis, we explore how Man United battled their way to a precious 1-0 victory against a dangerous Leceister side who have now only won once in 21 attempts against the Manchester club.
The home side started without the creative flair of Paul Pogba, meaning Ole Gunnar Solskjær opted for a 4-2-3-1 system with Nemanja Matić and Scott McTominay deployed as the anchors in midfield. Injuries to Luke Shaw and top scorer Anthony Martial provided starts for Ashley Young and Marcus Rashford. Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelöf kept their place in the side, continuing to be the manager’s favoured centre-back pairing.