Manchester United produced what was comfortably their best performance of the season so far, potentially of the last three years as they beat reigning champions Leicester City 4-1. United blew the Foxes away in the first half scoring four times of which three came in five minutes. The big call ahead of the game was Jose Mourinho’s decision to rest Wayne Rooney and it was one that paid off instantly, with United playing slick football and looking stronger in a clear system. Along with Wayne Rooney, Luke Shaw, Marouane Fellaini, and Anthony Martial dropped out of the starting XI seeing Juan Mata, Daley Blind, Ander Herrera and Jesse Lingard come in and impress on their returns.
United broke the deadlock when Daley Blind whipped a terrific corner in which was met by stand-in captain Chris (Mike) Smalling who headed well past former United ‘keeper Ron-Robert Zieler. Juan Mata then made it 2-0 with some sublime football where he linked with Pogba and Lingard who with a delicate flick fed Mata who rifled his shot into the bottom corner. A third was soon added when United caught Leicester sleeping from a corner, Blind rolled it to Mata on the edge of the six-yard box, who put a low cross in across the face of the goal where Marcus Rashford tapped in. The icing on the cake was added when another corner from Blind was met with a strong header by the £89 million man, Paul Pogba.
In all honesty, there was numerous players that could have got this MOTM award including Daley Blind who was excellent playing at left-back, got forward well and his ability to pick a pass was on point today. Another player could have won the award was Marcus Rashford who playing on the left, ran Leicester ragged, got himself a goal and put in a shift anyone would have been proud of.
However, there was only one winner and that was Paul Pogba. His first goal for Manchester United was great to see but his passing today was incredible, his vision and link up with players around him was perfect. His stats read well too, two shots on target with one of those being a goal, 86 completed passes, the highest on the pitch, three clear-cut chances created and 26 passes completed in the final third (Four Four Two Stats Zone). The range of passing was excellent meaning United didn’t miss the Wayne Rooney Hollywood passes. He played a complete game today, showing off all his talent and you can clearly see he is growing into this United side.