Manchester United were able to secure a comfortable 1-0 win against Leicester City on Saturday. A Marcus Rashford penalty early in the first half did the trick for the home side as Brendan Rodger’s lads struggled, leading to their first Premier League loss of the season.
1. Solskjaer Back on Track
The performance put up by the Red Devils was quite impressive and indicates the work that Solskjaer has done behind the scenes to better his tactics.
Moreover, the fact that he was able to engineer this victory despite the long list of injuries that were plaguing the team was quite commendable.
Further, Leicester weren’t a cakewalk of a opponent either. They came into the game unbeaten and left tactically outclassed. More of the same from Ole?
2. Penalty Woe Solved?
Marcus Rashford held his own quite well today and may have made a strong case to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. By breaking the penalty curse, Rashford ought to have established himself as the primary spot-kick taker.
This is a vital step that the Norwegian must take and not take risks by shuttling between the young Englishman and Paul Pogba.
3. Maguire Replacement Not Acquired
Games like this may be the definitive proof as to why Leicester City were adamant not to sell Harry Maguire in the summer.
Caglar Soyuncu was nowhere near the defensive brilliance of the Englishman today.
His unnecessary foul directly led to the penalty that led to United’s win. The Foxes have a lot of work to do in order for the Turkish defender to fully realize the shoes that Maguire left empty.
4. Mighty McTominay
One of the biggest concerns for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer going into the game was Paul Pogba’s injury absence. Even though the gaffer hadn’t build the team around the Frenchman like he did last season, a player of his caliber is always a massive loss.
However, Scott McTominay held his cool quite well and ensured that the Frenchman wasn’t missed all too much. In fact, this has been a part of a string of great performances from him.
At the same time, Pogba’s offensive creative intent was missing during the fixture.
5. Chong Impressed
Old Trafford got to see Tahith Chong in action after he was brought on in the 70th minute to replace Juan Mata.
His performance was quite decent and the academy graduate did show spurts of promise.
Now fans will be hoping that his peers Mason Greenwood and Angel Gomes are also able to garner further gametime, particularly during the long Europa League campaign that awaits them.