Manchester United faced Leicester City at Wembley to contest the FA Community Shield on Sunday afternoon lining up with two of their three new summer signings. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Eric Bailly started for Jose Mourinho’s side. The Portuguese manager opted for David De Gea in goal for United and Antonio Valencia, Bailly, Daley Blind and Luke Shaw in defence. The two-man midfield was fortified by Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini with the three behind Ibrahimovic being Jesse Lingard, Wayne Rooney, and Anthony Martial. Seven substitutes were named, with six of them able to be used during the match.
United started the match off well, getting the ball forward, but Leicester seemed up for their challengers; with Jamie Vardy beating Bailly to break through with Blind making a last-ditch tackle to spare United’s blushes. United went into a period of dominance in possession on the attack with Martial beating his man and firing into the side netting ten minutes into the match. United looked up for the match against the Premier League champions with plenty of attacking football coming into play. Marouane Fellaini had the best chance of the match so far in the 16th minute, but his shot on goal went straight into the hands of Kasper Schmeichel.
Leicester nearly took the lead in the 20th minute of the match with Shinji Okazaki close to finding the top corner of De Gea’s goal, after taking a deflection. The resulting corners for Leicester did not pressure United with them regaining possession and trying to find the opening goal themselves. Half way through the first half, Vardy was on the attack for Leicester and was through one-on-one with Bailly, who nipped the attack in the bud with great composure. United have so far evaded from any blushes in this match, and Leicester has had a few chances on goal. United took the lead in the 32nd minute of the match through Lingard who was given the ball by Rooney just inside Leicester’s half, burying his shot past Schmeichel with United now in the driving seat, for now at least.
Heading into the closing minutes of the first half, United were still looking to punish Leicester with Rooney being fouled by Danny Simpson, who got the first yellow card of the match. United was dominating in possession with very few chances taken by Leicester. United ended the half in control with Leicester looking a bit dejected. Not too sure about Rooney’s place in the team, I feel United play much better without him. He’s no longer the main man in the side and there are far better options on the bench – Henrikh Mkhitaryan for instance. Mourinho could well make a few changes at the start of the second half in a bid to get his players fit and ready for next weekend’s Premier League curtain raiser against Bournemouth.
Jose Mourinho opted not to make any changes at the start of the second half, with Leicester bringing on Demarai Gray and Ahmed Musa replacing Okazaki and Marc Albrighton. Leicester almost capitalised on the attack if not for Bailly who made two quick interceptions to stop the Leicester threat. Rooney seems no better at the start of the second half, losing possession too easily. Fellaini cost United a goal with a poor back pass with Vardy intercepted beating De Gea and levelling the score. United now have a lot of work to do, some of that should be to find Fellaini a new club this summer. Leicester seemed to be a little but more resurgent on the ball now that their equaliser had given them something to obtain from the match. United need to start organising themselves a little bit better making sure small mistakes do not cost them.
Jose Moutinho made his first change with Ander Herrera replacing Carrick. Jesse Lingard seems to have suffered an injury, with another change coming for United with the goalscorer unable to complete the match. Leicester made two more substitutions with Andy King and Danny Simpson being replaced by Nampalys Mendy and Luis Hernandez. Juan Mata replaced Lingard too. United seemed to lose momentum after the changes with Leicester wanting to find a winner United need to put a bit of work into their play. Mourinho made two more changes with Marcos Rojo and Marcus Rashford replacing Shaw and Martial.
United look better going forward with Rashford on the left. United won a corner after Rashford tried to get into the box with the ball, for Leicester to send the ball out of play. The corner amounted to nothing. Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a good chance to score for United, but his shot was thwarted off the line. Leicester replaced Christian Fuchs with Jeffrey Schlupp heading into the last ten minutes of the match with Musa nearly scoring the winner for the Premier League champions. Ibrahimovic found his goal minutes later with what could be the winner. Valencia put his cross into the box and Ibrahimovic headed home. In the moments after the goal, Mourinho replaced Rooney with Morgan Schneiderlin and in the dying minutes of the match, Henrikh Mkhitaryan replaced Mata, who was a substitute earlier in the match. Manchester United have won the FA Community Shield for the second time post-Sir Alex Ferguson.
Man of the Match: Eric Bailly
Goals: Jesse Lingard 32′, Zlatan Ibrahimovic 83′
Assists: Wayne Rooney 32′, Antonio Valencia 83′
Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw (Rojo 69′); Carrick (Herrera 61′), Fellaini; Lingard (Mata 63′ (Mkhitaryan 90+3)), Rooney (Schneiderlin 88′), Martial (Rashford 70′); Ibrahimovic
Substitutes Not Used: Romero
Bookings: Eric Bailly 71′