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Manchester United 1-2 Leicester: Three Things We Learned

Harry Kettle in Editorial, English Premier League 12 May 2021

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On another dramatic night of Premier League action, Manchester United were unable to keep their slim title hopes alive as they fell to a 2-1 defeat at home to Leicester City. It was tense, it was nervy, but in the end, it was the Foxes who came away with all three points in the midst of this incredibly congested schedule.

United’s weakened side

Between youngsters with hardly any experience and a handful of big names being rested, it’s clear to see that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was managing his resources here. Sure, he wound up bringing on a few big names to try and save the day for the Red Devils, but the focus was always going to be on the crunch game against Liverpool tomorrow night. With the title burden off of their shoulders, it’s full steam ahead in the mission to end the Reds’ top four hopes whilst simultaneously preparing for the Europa League final.

City take the crown

As a direct result of Leicester beating Manchester United, Ole had to sit back and watch as their city rivals Manchester City were handed yet another league title triumph. Pep Guardiola has done a phenomenal job with that club and the squad as a whole, and while many fans may not like it, they’re the kind of team who are capable of beating just about anyone on their day. Still, it did feel odd to see them crowned at 8pm on a Tuesday night when they weren’t even the ones playing.

Leicester strengthen top four hopes

The popular opinion was always going to be that Leicester would let their guard slip, just as they did last season, leading to them dropping out of the Champions League spots. Thankfully for Brendan Rodgers that didn’t happen and now, they can focus on the FA Cup final this weekend under the knowledge that they’re in a really strong position. There’s every chance they could falter down the stretch but when you take one look at how some of the other sides in the mix are performing, it doesn’t seem quite as likely as it may have done 24 hours ago.

Match Report

Manchester United: de Gea (6), Telles (7.5), Tuanzebe (6.5), Bailly (6), Williams (6.5), Matic (7), van de Beek (6.5), Elanga (6), Mata (6), Amad (7), Greenwood (7), Rashford (6), Cavani (6), Fernandes (6)

Leicester: Schmeichel (5.5), Castagne (6.5), Fofana (7.5), Soyuncu (7.5), Thomas (7), Albrighton (7.5), Tielemans (7), Ndidi (7), Perez (5), Iheanacho (7), Vardy (6.5), Choudhury (6.5), Maddison (6)

Referee: Craig Pawson

Goals: Greenwood :: Thomas, Soyuncu

Yellow Cards: N/A

Red Cards: N/A

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Harry Kettle


Harry is a University of Worcester graduate who has been writing professionally for the last two years. He specialises in several sports such as MMA, pro wrestling and athletics, with football being his primary love. He continues to dream of a life in the Premier League as a Wolves fan.

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