Like Martin Tyler said, it took 60 minutes for a football match to break between two teams who are on their knees with confidence. Leicester were able to pull ahead when a beautiful Maddison cross was headed in by Iheanacho. Fred levelled after the ball came off Schmeichel. Sancho and Rashford both had late chances, one of which that Elanga by trying to claim the glory for himself. All in all, a point shared was probably right.
Enough has been said about the ability of these United players and even the talk of the mentality has been marked. Given the way the season has panned and the likelihood that it’ll end without the new target of getting Champions League football, you wouldn’t be surprised that the players are feeling quite sorry for themselves.
The last game before the international break was the horrendous night against Atletico Madrid and the players played like that low ebb was still on their mind. The lack of confidence is palpable and the crowd are at a moment where they are not in the mood to provide the galvanising 12th man factor that a rocking Old Trafford can provide. The tepidness of the play was quite something and genuinely lower than the usual slow tempo at which United play. The lack of pace in the team today will always play into that but that’s not the only way that you can play quickly. The amount of times you saw the ball rolling across to a United team mate without any impetus or intent is ridiculous. It’s such a simple thing that makes such a big difference. The biggest example off the top of my head was when Pogba rolled the pass to Dalot when a quicker pass could have helped him. Credit to the Portuguese right back as a step over and push allowed to him to chip a decent cross into the box that wasn’t headed into the net by Bruno. United’s best chances literally all came from Leicester’s sloppy play rather than them opening the Foxes’ defence. When Fred played Bruno through, it came from a lax pass by Fofana. The goal came from Schmeichel forced pass after Amartey played a difficult pass towards the goalkeeper that Varane won back with some good proactive defending. Outside of that, the creativity in the game was absolutely dead. When there are four central midfielders on the pitch and there’s still a lack of control on and off the ball, it really shows you the nothingness that this Red Devil team is currently showing.
Really and truly, getting words out of that performance was a real struggle. It was an absolute nothing display. No pressure in defence, midfield or attack. A team that stunningly fails in every aspect to play at this level is actually quite remarkable. Not even the Moyesian era showed such a lack of anything continually.