Manchester United returned empty-handed from the King Power Stadium as Leicester City registered a convincing 4-2 win over them.
The Red Devils needed to bounce back from their poor performances prior to the international break. But despite starting off in style through Mason Greenwood’s opener, almost nothing went right for United. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men did manage to equalise towards the end of the match, but it was not meant to be as Jamie Vardy and Patson Daka ensured their side’s victory.
It’s not hard to point out what went wrong, as nothing went right this afternoon. However, what are the implications of this defeat? Let’s take a look at three talking points:
1. The End of the Away Win Streak
The Old Trafford outfit made history back in August when they beat Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux Stadium as they overtook Arsenal’s record of 27 straight away wins in the Premier League.
However, Solskjaer’s side managed to extend that record by just one more game before succumbing to the pressure of English football’s notoriously tough away fixtures. Nonetheless, despite the streak breaking, it is still a remarkable achievement.
2. War flashbacks of the Louis van Gaal Era
The visitors looked visibly erratic and often out of their depth. This loss was eerily similar to the 5-3 loss against the Foxes during Louis van Gaal’s reign back in 2014.
Drawing such a comparison may be harsh on the manager, but today’s display was just too chaotic and inadequate.
3. Fingers should be Pointed at the Manager and the Players
Despite starting off the season in style, the Mancunians have been suffering a terrible spell since mid-September. Performances have been mediocre both home and away.
Yet the former Cardiff City boss does not seem to be threatened by it as he continues to employ the same tactics and plans. The manager really needs a wake-up call and realise he needs to be adaptable if he wants to remain in the title race.
The players on the other hand have been very inconsistent and underwhelming bar a select few. They have gotten complacent and it is up to the gaffer to assert the fact that they need to get serious.
United have the quality to turn this tide around, but whether they actually will is difficult to answer right now.