Manchester United got an important 1-0 win after going three straight games without a victory. Marcus Rashford was the man on target after he converted a penalty from the spot in the 8th minute of the game. Our last win was on the opening day of season in a home match against Chelsea where we achieved a 4-0 victory. United were missing a few key players in Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw. We were tested by a tenacious Leicester City side.
From the start of the game, the Red Devils began brightly and Andreas Pereira’s free-kick forced goalie Kasper Schmeichel into an excellent save. David De Gea also saved a shot with his legs following a fine effort from James Maddison. The in the 8th minute was when the match changed for United. Caglar Soyuncu brought down Marcus Rashford in the penalty box, and VAR confirmed the spot-kick. Rashford stepped up and then cooly placed the ball past Schmeichel. With United now in the lead we looked more confident in getting a second goal.
Then after half-time, in the second period United started in a positive manner, but then they began to wane. The visitors dominated possession of the ball and created more chances and looked more threatening than they did in the first period. Rashford crashed a shot against the crossbar, and Wilfried Ndidi had his effort go wide in injury-time.
Leicester couldn’t find an equaliser even though they dominated for long periods in the game and they had more chances to score. So in the end United was able to grind out a vital 1-0 win at home which was very gratifying even though we didn’t play well.
This was one of our more scrappy games where we were substandard but were able defend well for long periods. What I liked about this performance is that we grinded out a positive result, but that we also had a clean sheet too. Since our first game of season, the Red Devils had given up goals and we couldn’t end up winning matches in the process. I was glad to see Fred again in a United uniform. We must grind out wins in order to win tougher matches.
We defended admirably as a team and that showed in the result. As the minutes in the match were waning our well-organized and compact defence made sure to shut the door on the Foxes. I thought that we didn’t manage the last three games well. We would concede poor goals on the counter or we just lacked the proper organization and compactness that would have would helped us win more games.
Now that Fred played for the first time this season, hopefully he can have more chances to prove his worth to boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He came on for Serbian Nemanja Matic in the 67 minute.
This is what the boss had to say after the match in an interview with ESPN: “We hung in there. It was for the first time this season where we had to defend for large periods. We have dominated the other games, but today we saw a United team that could defend in their own half,” Solskjaer said.
“Leicester are a good side who want to get into the top four. To keep a clean sheet is great, but let’s not get too excited because we know that we can play better. We defended as a proper team.”
This was a huge win for us as we seek to get into one of the top four spots so that we can qualify for the Champions League next season. If we finish outside of the top 4 like last season then that means that we’ll have to win the Europa league this season to qualify for the Champions League. We need to get consistent results so that we can make qualifying for the CL much easier.