Manchester United beat a helpless Leicester City by four goals to one at Old Trafford on Saturday. United ,playing without their captain Wayne Rooney, dominated the game in all of the first half. It was a very positive way to return to winning ways after two consecutive Premier league losses. One could read though the inverted “ F…k you” gesture Mourinho aimed at his critic at the end of the match when he plunged his index finger straight into his mouth. United exuded so much class that the victory over the league defending champions was a good way to silence the critics that had descended on the player and the manager after some dismal performances.
United scored all of their goals in the first half. Chris Smalling scored the first goal from a Danny Blind corner kick. Juan Mata made it two when he scored from a well-laid pass from Paul Pogba.Rashford scored United third’s goal by smashing into Leicester’s top net a cross from the left flank. Paul Pogba capped the goal feast with a powerful header.Licester scored their only goal from Gray in the second half. The youngster got the better of Jese Lingard from the left side of United’s penalty box; after evading the Lingard, he cut the ball to the left and fired a shot beyond the reach of De Gea into the net.
The first five minutes of the game saw United bombarding Leicester penalty box with crosses from the flanks, Marcus Rashford and right Valencia were very active in United’s play from the wings.
Paul Pogba, putting up his best performance in United’s shirt, was spraying passes of diverse lengths and styles to his players at different positions in the pitch. One of such passes set Zlatan Ibrahimovich in a one-on-one position with Leicester’s keeper, but after masterfully controlling the high-lifted pass with his chest, the Swede ballooned the ball over the net.
Leicester troubled United for a while in the first half, with good dribbling runs from Mahrez on the right flank and crosses from the left from Albrighton, but the attack soon fizzled out.
The pair of Wes Morgan and Robert Huth kept Zlatan quiet at his central forward position. The two Leicester’s defenders were able to nullify the threat of the Swede with their size and stature in their several duels with him.
United midfield trio of Pogba, Lingard and Mata were able to string passes to their players operating at the wings from where all of United’s goal were initiated.
At the terminal part of the second half, Mourinho replaced Rashford with Wayne Rooney and later Mata was replaced by Ashley Young.
United played cautiously in the second half of the game perhaps to protect the lead while Leicester made adjustments in their lineup calculated to stop their team from conceding more goals.
The way United tore Leicester’s defence apart was reminiscent of the United’s team of Alex Ferguson’s era that usually demolish teams from wing play.
The fact that other Premier league big teams all so won their weekend matches shows that United will have to be at their best to be in the title race this season.