1. A much-changed Manchester United side came back from a goal behind but could not do it twice, as a thumping header from Soyuncu in the second half won it for Leicester. Early on, young Thomas had put the Foxes ahead with a fantastic first time volley in the top corner of De Gea’s goal and our Mason put us level with an excellent striker’s goal. Ole made ten changes from the team that started on Sunday against Villa, with only Mason Greenwood keeping his place to lead the line for United. Funnily enough, at nineteen years of age, Mason was the player with most minutes in the Premiership this season from the outfield players that started the game, which underlined the potential rustiness of the starting United team. Despite all that, United played sufficiently well in the first half but when Leicester upped the tempo in the second, United had scarce response to the opponents play and it was only a matter of time before Soyuncu hit. It is never pleasant to lose and clearly, playing a second team against a top four team was always going to have repercussions. I would have taken exactly the same decision that Ole took by changing the whole team that played two days ago. The same team that played against Villa on Sunday can now play in the next match against Liverpool because they would have rested for four days. Bring it on.
In the meantime, as a result of the United defeat against Leicester, City have been crowed Champions of England. Well deserved because over the whole season, they have been the better team. Congratulations to Manchester City and everyone attached to the club.
2. Bruno Fernandes has been a magnificent signing for United over the last 15 months. His contribution in goals and assists is second to none for a midfielder and his determination is there for everyone to see. The number 10 position was his since the day he walked into Old Trafford and his continuity is the main reason why Donny has barely played for us in the League. I am not so sure however that his best position in this team is the number 10 role. I have been noticing Bruno closely and in many situations he has to go deep into midfield or wide on the flank in order to be able to influence play and start our attacks. When he does that, the team ends up one man short in the final third. I believe that Bruno has to be tried in a deep midfield role, with a licence to go forward at will when we are attacking. The advantages for him are that he can get more quickly on the ball, is able to influence play all the time and is very difficult to pick up in the opponents’ third because he is coming from deep. I can see Bruno playing alongside Scott and Pogba in the free role behind the strikers, particularly when we’re on top of the opposing team as we were against Leicester in the last ten minutes.
3. Special mention today goes for Axel Tuanzebe. He started slowly particularly in possession but as he dusted the rust off, Axel controlled the defence and was rock solid against Vardy and Co. I thought that he was going to be sold in the summer. Not sure anymore though. Strong as an Axel…
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