PREMIER LEAGUE – Manchester United of Pogba and Varane concedes a draw against Leicester (1-1)

PREMIER LEAGUE – Manchester United of Pogba and Varane concedes a draw against Leicester (1-1)

This remains insufficient for the Red Devils. Manchester United had to settle for a draw on their lawn against Leicester on Saturday, as part of the 31st day of the Premier League (1-1). In a long fairly closed match, the Mancunians were surprised by the opener of Kelechi Iheanacho (63rd). They quickly reacted and equalized by Fred (66th) but failed to shake the nets again. Still sixth in the standings, they are only 3 points behind Arsenal, fourth with two games less. The last ticket for the next Champions League will be difficult to snatch.

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Deprived of Cristiano Ronaldo, with the flu, it was with Bruno Fernandes at the forefront and Paul Pogba as playmaker that the Mancunians started this meeting. Aligned in unusual positions, the two players looked for each other in front but struggled to find themselves facing well-placed visitors. However, the Foxes took risks by wanting to revive short in front of their surface and Wesley Fofana, who was playing his very first league game this season after a serious injury this summer, clearly lacked benchmarks. The former Stéphanois missed a pass and allowed Fernandes to present himself against Kasper Schmeichel who however managed to repel his low shot (27th).

Clumsiness on both sides

Cautious, the Leicester players were also powerful in quick attacks on the sides and Iheanacho was ideally served in the axis before missing his control and his attempt from the left (31st). The biting Harvey Barnes, he popped up in the middle of the Mancunian area to take over a center from James Maddison but just missed the target (35th). That was all for a first period poor in clear chances.

Jadon Sancho against Leicester

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On resumption, Pogba retreated in midfield alongside Fred and Scott McTominay who did not spare Maddison (49th). The rough Scot then gave way to Marcus Rashford (56th) while the borrowed Jadon Sancho had just missed a recovery in the heart of the zone of truth (55th). It was Leicester who found the fault following a corner and the start of a Mancunian counter stop by Youri Tielemans. Maddison crossed from the left and found Iheanacho’s header between Raphaël Varane and Harry Maguire to deceive David De Gea on his right (0-1, 63rd).

A thrilling end to the game

The Mancunians, however, quickly responded. Fred recovered the ball to the left of the opposing camp before taking advantage of a strike from Bruno Fernandes pushed back at his feet by Kasper Schmeichel to equalize (1-1, 66th). The debates then became unbridled but Iheanacho was too greedy against De Gea and poorly adjusted his small lob (71st). The Spanish goalkeeper then had to repel a superb header from Fofana (72nd) with the end of the gloves. Maddison believed to restore the advantage to the Foxes but his goal was finally refused for a foul from the passer Iheanacho on Varane (80th).

The Mancunians who had been very hot finally pushed hard in the last minutes to try to make the difference. Without success because Sancho still aimed badly when Daniel Amartey had just slipped in front of him in the surface of Schmeichel (90th + 3). Ralf Rangnick’s players shook themselves off too late and have now won just one of their last six matches in all competitions. A figure far from their ambitions. Those of Brendan Rodgers, they remain stalled in the middle of the table and rely mainly on the Europa League Conference with a quarter-final to come against PSV Eindhoven.

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