My beloved Manchester United took a trip to the East Midlands to face Leicester City on Sunday afternoon. The reverse fixture ended 2:1 in favour of United, which was the first game of the English Premier League season. The Red Devils had not lost a game since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (OGS) took charge of the team in December so I was confident of victory until about 2 hours to kick off where I got scared all of a sudden. One of my many football superstitions had come into play, but this is story for another day.
As expected Marcus Rashford who was racking up his 100th Premier League appearance was deployed upfront as the lone striker after being played wide in the 2:2 draw against Burnley at Old Trafford midweek. Alexis Sanchez was also in the line up and it was good to see Eric Bailly get a look in. Leicester City have been a problem for the big teams in England of late beating the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea in succession before pulling off a 1 all draw against league leaders Liverpool in midweek. So yes they were one to be wary of and on their turf it was not expected to be easy.
The early pressure from Manchester United however paid off with Marcus Rashford latching on to a Paul Pogba pass to blast past Kasper Schmeichel in goal for Leicester City in the 9th minute. I thought it was going to be one-way traffic from that moment but the Foxes were sturdy in defence and threatening going forward. First half scores 1:0 in United’s favor.
Sunday was the day I understood the meaning of having your heart in your mouth. I was at a pub watching the game and I screamed each time Leicester had a whiff of United’s goal. The Foxes created the better chances though Manchester United had most of the ball. Leicester kept pushing for an equalizer and it seemed they got closer to one with every attack they launched at the Red Devils’ box. If I was scared with the attacks from Leicester then I was doubly scared when Harry Maguire was left alone to take a shot towards United’s goal. The big Leicester man missed the goal by whiskers in last minute of extra time.
Final score, 1:0.
Manchester United moved above Arsenal on the league table after the Gunners lost 3:1 to Manchester City in the last English Premier League fixture of the day.
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