Manchester United – Leicester City: Rashford penalty hands United narrow win (1-0)
Marcus Rashford’s early penalty was all that separated the sides in a game where both teams were energetic but neither was able to make many breakthroughs. Both teams defended in relatively narrow starting shapes, forcing much of the attacking play into wide areas. Leicester got stronger as the game went on and put United under some pressure, but Solskjær’s side were able to see out the win.
Tactical analysis and match report by Josh Manley.
Manchester United started the season well with a 4-0 home win against Chelsea, but Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side were yet to record a victory in the three games since then. Draws away at Wolves and Southampton and a defeat at home to Crystal Palace meant that United would have been eager to get a second win of the season on the board.
United faced a few injury problems coming into this game against Leicester. Regular first team players such as Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial were ruled out. This meant Ashley Young continuing to start at left back and Nemanja Matić taking Pogba’s place alongside Scott McTominay in midfield. Ahead of them, Andreas Pereira started on the right side of the attacking midfield unit in their 4-2-3-1 formation, alongside Juan Mata at number ten and Daniel James on the left. Marcus Rashford once again led the line as the striker.
If any team is going to break into the Premier League top six, plenty would tip Leicester to be the ones to do it under Brendan Rodgers. They travelled . . .