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Manchester United’s Back Ups Frustrated By Leicester 1-2, Handing City the Title

Manchester United were defeated by Leicester 1-2, the defeat means that Manchester City is the Champions of the Premier League and Leicester are now extremely likely to qualify for Champions League.

Because of the congested week, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had to rotate his squad heavily, with 10 changes being made compared to Sunday’s game against Aston Villa and a debut for Anthony Elanga.

Ole said he was going to rotate heavily when speaking to the press and this was the likeliest game. Manchester United face Liverpool on Thursday.

Leicester City come in to the game with a slight dip in league form, but still have a five point cushion on West Ham for the last Champions League spot, Leicester had a grasp on the Champions League last season but faltered at the end.

Manchester United 1, Leicester City 2

Leicester could smell blood against Man Utd’s heavily rotated squad and attacked early and often putting massive pressure on United.

Luke Thomas got the scoring going for Leicester early in the 11th minute after he smashed home a volley after sustained amount pressure from Leicester.

Despite the obvious chemistry problems between the team, the attackers looked lively. Amad, Anthony Elanga and Mason Greenwood were taking on defenders and looking good on the ball.

Mason Greenwood leveled the game in the 16th minute after he received the ball from Amad he wiggled in the box to find space. He expertly picked out the bottom left hand corner of the goal, squeaking it past Kasper Schmiechel.

The game appeared to settle after the Greenwood goal. Man Utd were able to hold onto possession a bit and take some pressure off their backline.

After the initial 20 minutes of the first half the game drastically settled down and both sides went into the half leveled.

A lot of the same in the beginning of the second half, both teams trying to stay compact and get possession. After a stable few minutes of possession Leicester City won a corner.

On the subsequent corner Cagar Soyuncu out jumped his marker and headed home in the 66th minute. This was his first goal of the season and a crucial one for Leicester’s Champions League hopes.

In the 73rd minute Youri Tielemans had an opportunity to finish the game after Jamie Vardy redirected a cross across the face of goal, Tielemans could not stretch enough to get a shot on goal.

Manchester United were hardly getting good possession in the second half and constantly gave up the ball in their own half by trying to dribble out or with poor clearances, this allowed Leicester to compound pressure.

Manchester United never really got close to equalizing, a couple of half chances after Bruno Fernandes came on is all United could muster at the end.

A decent game to give some younger players some minutes, but what if everyone was fit and had the energy to go? Tough game for Manchester United because of the current fixture overload to end the season.

Mason Greenwood was easily the man of the match, a good finish for the youngster who is in really good form, Greenwood has six goals in his last six league appearances.

A good shout to someone like Axel Tuanzebe or Nemanja Matic for defending nobly against a potent Leicester attack, you would have hoped for the defense to be lights out, but being realistic two goals allowed for a defense that never started together is not bad.

Manchester City were always going to win the title but United would like to be as competitive as they possibly could in every match.

Leicester looked destined to return to the Champions League after losing to Manchester United on the final day last season. Leicester can clinch the spot if West Ham drop points in any of their remaining matches.

Manchester United would look to bounce back after a frustrating second half against Leicester. United will host their biggest rivals Liverpool on Thursday.

Man United 2 Brighton 1

The most notable change to the starting line up was Dean Henderson starting in place of our usual premier league goalkeeper David De Dea. We saw an early goal in the twelfth minute when Ex Man United striker Danny Welbeck’s headed shot found the back of the Man United net. Man United showed themselves to be struggling defending crosses when in the eighteenth minute Brighton defender Lewis Dunk hit the Man United cross bar with another headed shot. The rest of the first half played out with Brighton looking the better team and the first half finished one nil to Brighton.

The first fifteen minutes of the second half were uneventful but the sixty second minute we saw a Bruno Fernandes pass find Marcus Rashford who shot first time to find the back of the Brighton net and equalise for Man United. The seventieth minute we saw what looked like Harry Maguire foul Danny Welbeck inside the Man United box but after review by VAR was not given. Shortly after we saw the first Man United substitution of the match when Dan James came on to replace Marcus Rashford. The eighty first minute we saw the second Man United substitution when Donny Van de Beek came on to replace Edinson Cavani. Two minutes later we saw Mason Greenwood capitalise on a miss hit Paul Pogba shot and head the ball into the back of the Brighton net to put Man United in the lead. Shortly after we saw the last Man United substitution of the match when Scott McTominay came on to replace Paul Pogba.

Altogether it was not a pretty win today for Man United but a valuable three points all the same as we approach the final few games of the season. I would give my man of the match to Mason Greenwood.

Leicester City 3 Man United 1

The most notable change to the starting line up was Donny Van De Beek coming in to replace Bruno Fernandes, We also saw Paul Pogba in the starting line up after returning from injury. The first goal today at the King Power Stadium was from the home team when Kelechi Iheanacho pounced on a pass from Harry Maguire to Fred and shot managing to find the back of the Man United net. Man United were able to equalise in the thirty seventh minute when a Paul Pogba cross was let run by Donny Van De Beek into the path of Mason Greenwood who’s shot hit the back of the Leicester City net. The first half finished one all. At half time we saw the draw for the FA Cup semi final which matched Man City against Chelsea, which would mean the winner of todays match would face off against Southampton.

Leicester City went ahead once again in the forty second minute when a Youri Tielemans shot found the back of the Man United net. The sixty forth minute saw the first substitutions of the match and four from the Man United bench. Bruno Fernandes came on to replace Namanja Matic, Scott McTominay came on to replace Paul Pogba, Edinson Canvani came on to replace Donny Van De Beek and finally Luke Shaw came on to replace Alex Telles. Shortly after we saw Leicester make their first substitution when Dennis Praet replaced Ayoze Perez. Unfortunately five minutes later Leicester sealed the win when Kelechi Iheanacho found the net for a second time on the night and put Leicester City through to the semi final of the FA Cup. The eighty third minute saw Leicester replace Jamie Vardy with Hamza Choudhury and the eighty fifth minute we got another chance to see Amad Diallo in a united shirt when he replaced Fred.

A disappointing result today which now leaves us unable to stop Man City winning a quadruple and, disregarding the Premier League, the Europa League is are only chance of winning silverware this season. I would have to give my man of the match tonight to Mason Greenwood for getting our only goal despite a lot of disappointing performances.

Talkmanunited.com’s Man Of The Match: Mason Greenwood

Manchester United defeated West Ham last night 1-0, Mason Greenwood was extremely impressive during the match and was easily talkmanunited.com’s man of the match.

The first 20 minutes of the match consisted of a lot of posturing, like boxing when the fighters want to feel each other out. A lot of probing from Man United with their passing and West Ham staying tight and disciplined defensively.

In the 25th minute Mason Greenwood broke that trend when he sent in a beautifully weighted back post cross for Marcus Rashford only for the chance to be woefully missed. 

In the 30th minute Greenwood attempted a low cross after a good run. Greenwood looked good centrally linking up well with Bruno Fernandes and when he got wide he was taking on defenders.

Greenwood then had a left footed curling shot pushed on to the post in the 37th minute by Lukasz Fabianski. 

United scored on a corner in the 53rd minute when a Bruno Fernandes corner was turned in by West Ham defender Craig Dawson. Mason Greenwood on the play before found space and sent in a low cross that forced West Ham to concede the corner that United converted.

Mason Greenwood had another shot hit the post in the 77th minute, this time rattling the post after a blast from a Man United counter attack, he was unlucky not to score. 

Greenwood passed the ball efficiently throughout, linking well with everyone around him, creating two good chances, hit the post twice and looked to take on defenders every chance he got, a stark contrast to the AC Milan match. 

If he would have finished his chances we would have given a higher rating, but his 7.5 is still the best on the day. 

Player Ratings

GK- Dean Henderson: 6, West Ham had no shots on target, so not much for him to do, he looked a little nervy on some crosses and set pieces, he fell awkwardly on a deflected cross early in the game. He dealt with them well enough to keep a clean sheet. 

RB- Aaron Wan-Bissaka: 6, Did well on the right, West Ham had no success going down the right even when they subbed on Said Benrahma and Manuel Lanzini. Wan-Bissaka going forward was indifferent, he provided a good outlet for passes and moved the ball quickly when he had it. 

CB- Victor Lindelof: 6, Had to little to do also, which is the obvious trend with the defense. He used his speed and positioning well to keep the speed of Antonio in check on the counter, like Wan-Bissaka he moved the ball well when he had it. United had 62% of the possession in the game.

CB- Harry Maguire: 7.0, Maguire’s leadership at the back as on display against West Ham, he kept the lines tidy, organized and put the rest of the defense in a position to handle any threat West Ham offered going forward. The defense did well on set pieces to quell West Ham’s height and heading prowess. West Ham offered very little going forward and it is a little harsh to punish the United defense for that. As a unit they were better than the individual and Maguire deserves the most credit for putting the defense in position to keep a clean sheet.

LB- Luke Shaw: 6.5, Solid at the back like his defensive teammates, moved the ball well and was good going forward like he has been all season. An assist or some good shots could have boosted his rating, another strong showing for Luke Shaw.

CM/CDM- Scott McTominay and Fred: 6, They were both disciplined in the middle, both had some good advanced passes to put teammates in good positions offensively. They both stuck to the script and were mistake free. A McTominay missed header created the goal on the corner, he tried to claim it though, sneaky. Good game for both. 

CAM- Bruno Fernandes: 7, Very rarely has Bruno had a bad game, he was good on the day, great passing. Forced a decent save out of Fabianski with a shot from outside the box, linked well with Greenwood. His corner was put in such a dangerous spot that the own goal is basically his in a way. 

RM/RW- Daniel James: 6, Everyone gets at least a 6 because of how good of a performance it was as a team, everyone did their job, some slightly better. James ran well and was better passing than he has been. James makes valuable runs that create space for his teammates. West Ham likes to attack down the left especially with Aaron Creswell, who can play a nice cross, James tracking back helped eliminate that threat. 

LM/LW- Marcus Rashford: 6, Unlucky to have one of the not so good games on the day. Rashford should have done better on the header in the 25th minute, he knew it too. Rashford ran well with his teammates, if Greenwood went wide Rashford would get inside, he was always willing to run to help set up a teammate by forcing a defender to go with him, doing this gave his teammates more 1v1 opportunities with defenders.  

Fresh Off a Contract Extension Mason Greenwood Needs to Step Up

Manchester United travel to Turin to take on Real Sociedad in the Europa League tomorrow.
Forward Edison Cavani has been ruled out with a muscle injury, as well as midfielder Donny Van De Beek. Cavani has been leading the line lately for United and this Europa League game could provide opportunities for Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial.
Martial looks tipped to the lead the line but this could be a game for Greenwood to push higher up the pitch.
Restrained with defensive duties on the right, Greenwood has not had as impactful of a season compared to last. Greenwood burst on the scene last campaign with 10 premier league goals. In all competitions this season however he only has 4 goals and 3 assists in 28 matches. Martial has lacked confidence up front lately, would manage Ole Gunnar Solskjaer choose Greenwood to lead the line?
Let us know what you think.