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“One of the worst performances you will ever see” – Player ratings as Leicester devastate a dire Manchester United

By Muhammad Butt

Published: 17:32, 16 October 2021

In a ridiculous afternoon of football, Leicester ended Manchester United’s unbeaten away run, smashing them 4-2.

The Red Devils’ run stops at 29 as they travelled to Leicester and got he taste smacked out their mouth thanks to a particularly poor afternoon from Harry Maguire.

Here’s how the players rated at the King Power Stadium:


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Leicester

Kasper Schmeichel – 7 – Could do nothing about the Greenwood and Rashford goals, but was solid otherwise.

Daniel Amartey – 7 – Did well. Helped shut down United.

Jonny Evans – 7 – Absolute colossus against his old side. Organised his back-line in the way Maguire didn’t.

Caglar Soyuncu – 8 – Defended well and scored his side’s massive second goal.

Ricardo Pereira – 8 – A nice outlet in attack and a rock solid defensive presence against the best United attacking elements.

Youri Tielemans – 9 – Ran the show in the middle of the park. Played with too much intelligence for the United midfield, showing them exactly the kind of game-dominating midfielder they lack. Completed 3/4 take-ons, 63/69 passes, made 91 touches and created three chances. Oh, and he also scored a stunning equaliser for Leicester to bring it back to 1-1. Absolutely mesmeric.

Boubakary Soumaré – 7 – Won the ball back well and distributed it intelligently.

Timoty Castagne – 7 – Offered a consistent outlet on the left.

James Maddison – 7 – Exceptionally bright early on, torching Lindelof repeatedly. Faded later.

Kelechi Iheanacho – 8 – Fearsome. Won the ball back wonderfully off Maguire to kickstart Leicester and set-up Tielemans’ equaliser but never stopped running and moving, creating so many avenues for his side.

Jamie Vardy – 7 – Not really at his most deadly but still full of bright movement and scored an outrageous half-volley to return the lead to Leicester after United’s great equaliser. Has now scored for four straight Premier League games, and is the second-oldest player to do so.

Substitutes:

Ayoze Perez (for Maddison 73′) – 8 – Came off the bench to sensationally set-up Leicester’s third and fourth goals with lovely crosses.

Patson Daka (for Iheanacho 77′) – 7 – Created pressure and scored his first-ever Leicester goal with a neat back-post finish.

Jannik Vestergaard (for Evans 88′) – n/a – Came on late.


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Manchester United

David de Gea – 7 – Poor pass to Maguire in build-up to Leicester equaliser but was otherwise excellent. Made countless amazing saves to repel Leicester and was only beaten in the end by a rebound following a deflection and a storming half-volley.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 7 – Brilliant. United’s best defender, which is never a good thing for United’s defensive coherence.

Victor Lindelof – 7 – Struggled with Maddison and Vardy’s movement but was orders of magnitude better than the half-fit Maguire. Lovely assist for Rashford’s goal.

Harry Maguire – 2 – Sloppy start, robbed for Leicester equaliser after shockingly misjudging the pace of De Gea’s pass and the position of Iheanacho. Played Soyuncu onside for Leicester’s second goal, chose not to stick with Vardy who then scored Leicester’s third and lost Patson Daka for the Foxes fourth. Every single Leicester goal was his fault.

You’re hesitant to blame him because he was obviously nowhere near fit or sharp enough to start and got thrown in at the deep end by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but this was a footballer drowning in the open seas. Maguire needed only a red card to get the 1/10, this was one of the worst performances you will ever see.

In an afternoon of baffling decisions from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, starting a half-fit Harry Maguire was the most confusing of all. He was so bad it’s not an exaggeration to suggest United might even have won this game had the Norwegian started Eric Bailly.

Luke Shaw – 6 – Decent performance, put it on a plate for Cristiano Ronaldo twice but the Portuguese failed to get near it.

Paul Pogba – 4 – So poor. None of his passes were really penetrative or accurate and his defensive effort consisted of just running around fouling people.

Nemanja Matic – 4 – Did nothing to halt the Leicester midfield rampaging and running at the United defence.

Mason Greenwood – 7 – Superhuman shot to give United the lead. Was bright. Should be the central striker.

Bruno Fernandes – 7 – Nowhere near his best but still produced some sumptuous balls through for his team-mates, creating a massive 7 chances in the process. Cannot help but be good.

Jadon Sancho – 5 – Looked alright, but still out of sync with the stop-start nature of United’s play and the lack of synchronisation between him and his team-mates. The lack of movement when he has the ball is absurd. Subbed off again.

Cristiano Ronaldo – 3 – Awful. A performance of loose touches, mis-timed passed, and weak shots. Fluffing his lines when Luke Shaw played him in perfectly in the first-half was beyond belief. His lack of positional discipline has completely disrupted any sense of attacking structure United had constructed around Bruno Fernandes and he literally has to score every game to justify that, and he didn’t even come close to scoring today.

Substitutes:

Marcus Rashford (for Sancho 64′) – 7 – Had just one chance on goal and buried it beautifully after making a superb run off the ball. Whether it’s under Solskjaer or a new coach, Rashford’s return will add so much to United.

Jesse Lingard (for Greenwood 80′) – n/a – Added nothing.

Scott McTominay (for Matic 80′) – n/a – Added nothing.

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