Leicester City vs Manchester Unitede: Both teams scaled up, but how?

Leicester City fought back to equalize the 1-2 battle against Manchester United this evening.

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Jamie Vardy’s deflected strike in the 85th minute helped Leicester come from behind to draw 2-2 against Manchester United and keep hold of second place in the Premier League.

Bruno Fernandes looked to be sending United to a seventh straight away win when he netted six minutes earlier, moving onto 10 goals in his first full season in the league.

If United had held on, they would have jumped above Leicester into second, but Vardy met a cross from substitute Ayoze Perez with a shot that ricocheted into the net off the leg of United substitute Axel Tuanzebe.

Marcus Rashford made amends for missing a gilt-edged early chance off a header by slotting home in the 23rd minute to give United the lead at the King Power Stadium.

Fernandes set that goal up by stretching out to flick the ball to Rashford but the Portugal playmaker was at fault for Leicester’s first equalizer by giving up possession sloppily in his own half, before Harvey Barnes fired home a left-footed shot from outside the area.

Leicester City Vs Manchester United

Attack

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Goals

2    50%50%    2

Total Shots (including blocked shots)

10    52.6%47.4%    9

Shots On Target

2    33.3%66.7%    4

Blocked Shots

4    80%20%    1

Shots from outside the box

5    83.3%16.7%    1

Shots from inside the box

5    38.5%61.5%    8

Shot Accuracy (excluding blocked shots)

33.3%    33.3%50%    50%

Action areas

Full match

Leicester v. Man Utd

Possession

26.4%

44.6%

29.0%

54.5%

45.5%

Fernandes is more involved in general play, produces far more in terms of chances, goals and assists, and even contributes more defensively. 

He is the kind of player that can win a game on his own but who influences entire matches every time he plays. 

Maddison, for me, is a decent attacking midfielder with a great highlights reel. Needs to have more of an impact every week to improve from his current level.

Lineups

This is how the teams line up today:

Leicester City

1

Kasper Schmeichel

27

Timothy Castagne

6

Jonny Evans

3

Wesley Fofana

2

James Justin

25

Wilfred Ndidi

11

Marc Albrighton

10

James Maddison

15

Harvey Barnes

8

Youri Tielemans

9

Jamie Vardy

Substitutes

17

Ayoze Pérez

Manchester United

1

David de Gea

3

Eric Bailly

2

Victor Lindelöf

5

Harry Maguire

23

Luke Shaw

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39

Scott McTominay

17

Fred

21

Daniel James

10

Marcus Rashford

18

Bruno Fernandes

9

Anthony Martial

Substitutes

7

Edinson Cavani

6

Paul Pogba

38

Axel Tuanzebe

It’s not entirely clear what United’s shape is. Wan-Bissaka is out today and Bailly is in. He can play at full-back and Brendan Rodgers has just revealed that Leicester are anticipating exactly this, rather than a switch to a defensive three and wing-backs.  

Brendan Rodgers did his small talk earlier in the week in conversation with some journalists. The poor man. This is what he said about Man Utd:

“There’s sometimes a narrative around Manchester United, the big clubs have huge expectations, if you lose a game it’s a disaster.

“They will be disappointed going out of the Champions League because the history has been built on the great successes they’ve had in Europe but we’re not even half way, they have played 13 games and they are a club who are expected to be up there. It’s a long season.

“It’s not easy but what you have to do is filter all the negativity and narrative that may be there and throw it away. You don’t let it get in. I’m pretty sure whatever noise there is Ole seems very focused. You know with him there he wants the best for Manchester United.

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“You have a genuine Manchester United man and he wants to get the club returned to its values and the level of winning they are used to.

“They have someone there who has been in that situation as a player who is looking to take that back as a manager.

“He also knows it’s going to take time because he worked with the best in Sir Alex Ferguson and for Sir Alex it took a bit of time because you’re giving young players opportunities.

“You regulate it, you know there is pressure there – it’s just what level it comes at you and you will find your own ways.”

We’ll find out how Leicester get on in a short while. Kick off is 12:30pm, the game is on BT Sport 1 and you can follow the game along with me right here. Lovely stuff.