Leicester City – Manchester United: Vardy Outfoxes United As Leicester Hold On For A Point (2-2)
Intelligent sequences of play interspersed with battles in midfield saw Manchester United take the lead twice, but the resilience of the home side saw them do enough to secure the draw. Brendan Rodgers’ side managed to claw back through goals from Harvey Barnes and the inevitable Jamie Vardy, but it was clearly United who won the tactical battle.
Tactical analysis and match report by Manasvin Andra.
For all of the praises lavished on Tottenham’s prolific counterattacks and Chelsea’s depth, it is Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City who came into this game in second place. Despite a rash of injuries to key players often leaving the home side shorthanded in the early going, Rogers’ ability to adapt saw him opt for a 3-4-3 formation which led to notable victories against Arsenal and Manchester City.
The success enjoyed by Leicester in the new formation gives Rodgers another solution in games where his team are not favourites, which might prove crucial towards the latter stages of the season. For now, Rodgers could count on the return of several important players, as he set up in the 4-2-3-1 formation that got the better of Tottenham over the weekend.
The ever-reliable Kasper Schmeichel was protected by a defense composed of James Justin, Wesley Fofana, Jonny Evans and Timothy Castagne, with Wilfred Ndidi and Youri Tielemans making up the double pivot. Two central midfielders next to each other. As usual, talisman Jamie Vardy led the line, supported by the trio of Harvey Barnes, James Maddison and Marc Albrighton.
Despite the several hiccups . . .