Ratings: Inability to finish chances and beat Leicester City cost Manchester United


Manchester United were denied three points and a victory over Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday evening. Jamie Vardy put the Foxes ahead in the 27th minute of the match, which went against the game a little with United starting on the front foot. After more chances for United, they levelled the game through Juan Mata with Jesse Lingard getting the assist. The first half ended 1-1.

It took United 15 minutes to get something from the game in the second half after Anthony Martial was fouled and United won a free-kick – taken by Juan Mata, beating the ball and the Kasper Schmeichel putting United 2-1 ahead in the match. United then failed to kill off the game, failing to take chances which were created.

Lingard, after being played through by Romelu Lukaku, missed an open goal after rounding the keeper, hitting the post then regaining possession and aiming a shot over the crossbar. United needed to dig deep and finish their chances. Marcus Rashford could have won a penalty after a slight touch by Schmeichel felled him in the box but nothing was given.

United could have been on the wrong end of a penalty at the other end of the pitch with Chris Smalling rising above Harry Maguire, both hands on his shoulders, but nothing was given. Smalling then had treatment for an injury after United had used all three substitutes, coming off the pitch only for Maguire to be used as a makeshift forward in the last minute of the match, scoring the equaliser.

It was another tough match at the King Power Stadium for United. Another result the side deserved. No matter what Jose Mourinho or the players say, there are some at the club who are just not good enough which is holding the club back. Manchester United is now a fully fledged business, not a football club.

Goals: Juan Mata 40′, 60′

Assists: Jesse Lingard 40′

Manchester United: De Gea; Lindelof, Jones, Smalling, Young; Matic, Pogba; Mata (Mkhitaryan 83′), Lingard (Herrera 76′), Martial (Rashford 71′); Lukaku

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Rojo, Shaw; Ibrahimovic

Bookings: Victor Lindelof 34′, Nemanja Matic 47′

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

Unlucky not to keep a clean sheet. It was United's game to lose and it feels like they did. Had no chance against Maguire.


2 Victor Lindelof

Played out of position. Seemed uncomfortable at times. Outclassed for the first goal - may not have been his fault. United need to bring back Fosu-Mensah to fortify the right-back role.


Chris Smalling

Poor game. Could have given away a penalty then paid the price with an injury and United conceding a late equaliser from the guy he impeded.


4 Phil Jones

Caught out for Leicester's opener. Put in a good performance for much of the match. Needs a better partner.


18 Ashley Young

Put in a shift going forward throughout the game. Would rather see Shaw at left-back though.


31 Nemanja Matic

Played a tidy game and did what he needed to go. Got involved when he needed to do.


6 Paul Pogba

Still does not seem the player who was sent off at Arsenal. Some poor long-range shots and poor passing at times. May be rusty from his suspension but he needs to get into form again.


8 Juan Mata

Man of the Match. Scored the equaliser after being supplied by Lingard. His free-kick to take the lead was sublime. United's current top scorer based on players still at the club.


14 Jesse Lingard

Ulucky to miss an open goal after being played through the defence. Tried to recover but send his shot over the bar. Some good play from Lingard, but he needs to be scoring the chance(s) he had.


9 Anthony Martial

The Frenchman had the spark to get stuck in and won the free0kick which Mata scored. Faded in the second half and was replaced by Rashford.


Romelu Lukaku

Had a great game and should have got at least a goal or an assist for his work. Only him and Mata can truely hold their heads high this evening.



10 Marcus Rashford

Replaced Martial 71'. Missed a one-on-one with Schmeichel. Should have done better.


21 Ander Herrera

Replaced Lingard 76'. Not impressed that he did not follow a request from Phil Jones to move to right-back when Smalling was off the pitch. Not sure he has a purpose anymore.


22 Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Replaced Mata 83'. Came on late. Too little time to make an impact.


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