United 3 - 1 Leicester
Valencia(Mata)Jones Rojo Shaw
Di Maria Rooney Bling Januzaj
|Excellent finish by RVP|
Leicester were resolute during the first 30 minutes but two goals in quick succession managed to keep away the frustration that was starting to creep in. The third goal put the game beyond Leicester's reach.
We showed glimpses of brilliant football but I still feel that this United side is capable of more. We had some excellent chances that were only ruined by the final pass or cross. At the moment, I can remember two chances when Falcao's ball to Di Maria was too short while Rooney overhit a pass to Falcao. Both would have been through on goal had a perfectly weighted pass been made. But anyway, we still managed to score three goals and it was good to see our players keep possession with so much ease. What's even more pleasing is that we managed to create chances today. RVP opened the score with a brilliant right foot volley, Falcao slid in to score with his thighs a couple minutes later after a fine buildup by Di Maria and RVP while an own goal just before half time put us in a very comfortable position.
We decreased the tempo during the second half but were still in control just until the 80th minute when Leicester scored and started to believe they could actually get something from the game. Thankfully, they didn't repeat last September's heroics and we ran out deserved winners.
Daley Blind was undoubtedly our best player today. He covered a lot of ground and was keen to get involved. His exquisite pass led to our first goal and his flick was instrumental in our third. In the absence of Carrick, he was the man pulling the strings in midfield and started some of our attacking moves. He also defended brilliantly when he had to.
I also thought Falcao, Rojo and Januzaj had good games. Falcao ran his socks off, as usual. Rojo defended well. Januzaj gave Danny Simpson a headache on the left. The boy has got talent but he needs to improve his decision making skills. Let's hope he gets a run in this team because it was very refreshing to see a winger on the left trying tricks to beat the opposition's right back. Also, Shaw did quite well on the overlap.
I'm still not entirely pleased with Di Maria. I know he's capable of much more. He should have put his name on the scoresheet today but blasted over the bar after doing ever so well to control a difficult ball. I'm expecting better from him in the coming games.
Cambridge next. Should win the game easily.