“No one lives here,” Manchester United fans must have thought as they left Old Trafford after the 1-1 draw against Leicester. A new lost opportunity to advance in the Premier League and complicate life for Arsenal who, little by little, move away from United in the table and consolidate in fourth place. Arteta’s men could stay 9 points above Rangnick’s men, who avoided defeat against the Foxes thanks to David de Gea and tied Iheanacho’s opening goal with a goal from Fred.
United came out without Cristiano Ronaldo, who did not enter the squad due to illness, according to The Athletic. Without the Portuguese, Ralf Rangnick opted for Bruno Fernandes as false 9 and forgot about Marcus Rashford, visibly upset on the bench at Old Trafford. From that place he had to watch the first minutes of the game for his team, which could not get close to Schmeichel’s area, unprecedented in the first half.
Leicester weren’t comfortable either, finding it very difficult to come out with the ball played in the early stages of the match. Youri Tielemans was the only one of the Foxes who seemed more willing to combine successfully, and it was precisely from one of these combinations that the first clear chance was born for Ieheanacho, who shot but the ball went heeled to the left of the goal guarded by De Gea .
After the first half hour, Leicester tried again. This time from Madisson, who looked for Maguire’s back and connected with Barnes. His shot was very intentional, although Dalot touched enough to prevent the visitors’ first goal. With the latent danger of the foxes, the second part was reached. A moment in which Iheanacho surged ahead of the United defense, diving in and heading in another magnificent cross from Madisson to put his team ahead.
The 0-1 against was the best vitamin for a limp United, who tied the game in the 66th minute with a goal from Fred. The midfielder, fundamental in Rangnick’s system, managed to pick up the rejection of a Schmeichel save to a Bruno Fernandes shot and beat the Danish goalkeeper from below. But Leicester kept attacking and came close to making it 2-1. In fact Madisson marked it, but it was annulled for a previous foul on Varane. Between the disallowed goal and a wild save by De Gea, the end of a match was reached that left the Red Devils very far from the Champions League.
alex telles (45′, Shaw), Rashford (54′, McTominay), Amartey (63′, Evans), matic (74′, Pogba), Hamza Choudhuri (90′, Nampalys Mendy), daka patson (91′, K.Iheanacho)
0-1, 62′: K.Iheanacho1-1, 65′: Fred
Referee: Andre Marriner
VAR Referee: Michael Oliver
Shaw (4′, Yellow) Wesley Fofana (15′, Yellow) Tielemanns (29′, Yellow) McTominay (48′, Yellow