Ratings: United beat Leicester through Rashford penalty; De Gea, Maguire or McTominay the Man of the Match contenders

Ratings: United beat Leicester through Rashford penalty; De Gea, Maguire or McTominay the Man of the Match contenders

Manchester United beat Leicester City 1-0 at Old Trafford, returning Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to winning ways after two draws and one defeat in the three matches before this one. Marcus Rashford was the key to winning this game and giving United three points, putting United into the top four of the Premier League, at least until Sunday afternoon.

United opened the scoring in the eighth minute of the match with Marcus Rashford won a penalty after Caglar Soyuncu made a challenge against the England forward and the referee, Martin Atkinson gave the penalty. Rashford hit his effort low and to the right of Kasper Schmeichel, who went in the wrong direction, putting United in the lead at Old Trafford.

David De Gea made a great save to deny Leicester from an equaliser in the 30th minute of the match after Harry Maguire headed away a James Maddison corner which went straight to Ben Chilwell on the edge of the box, he then chested the ball down and volleyed towards goal for De Gea to tip the effort over the crossbar.

Daniel James was lively throughout the match, even having a shot on goal six minutes into the second half from 25-yards out, however, it was well off target not pressuring Schmeichel. Leicester then started to turn the pressure on which was not ideal thinking about the same happening against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Crystal Palace and Southampton.

1 David De Gea

The Spanish goalkeeper who is rumoured to have signed a new contract with the club kept his team in the game in the first half after denying Leicester City from getting back into the game. De Gea kept his resolve and despite this not being a thrilling victory for United, it was a victory.

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29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka

The right-back did not look at his best, presumably not fully fit to start but put himself forward to help his team through an injury crisis. In defence though, the 21-year-old did everything he needed to, as would have been expected.

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2 Victor Lindelof

The Ice Man made a mistake which James Maddison could have capitalised on in the first half but recovered well as the game grew on, which was good to see. The clean sheet and a return to winning ways could be enough to return his confidence, which seemed to slip recently.

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5 Harry Maguire

The £80 million man was not at the top of his game against his former club with some mistakes which would have tested the Old Trafford crowd a little. However, he overcame that and even had a headed effort on goal, which his former teammate stopped from putting United 2-0, which would have been great, in my opinion. He also produced some last-ditch challenges, which helped United limp to the finish line, taking all three points in this match.

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18 Ashley Young

The club captain had a strong start in the game, despite some of distribution being somewhat questionable. However, his best moment in the game was finding Daniel James with a great pass. Young then started to go off the boil. Solskjaer had not availability to take him off, if that was ever a plan.

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31 Nemanja Matic

I was not all that enthused to see the Serbian starting against Leicester. I would have preferred to see a more attack minded player, such as Angel Gomes. Matic did enough to keep United ahead from their earlier penalty.

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39 Scott McTominay

For me, McTominay was United’s best player on the pitch today, with De Gea coming a close second. The Scotland international fought for every ball and put himself on the line a few times. For those who criticise him, I do wonder what it is they actually see, or how they perceive or understand the situations they can see?

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15 Andreas Pereira

The Belgian-born Brazilian started in the right-wing position but was also having to take on defensive duties, presumably because Wan-Bissaka was not 100% fit for this match. He impressed me with the energy he put into the game but could have perhaps read the game better, especially when Fred found him after recovering the ball – he could have scored United’s second goal.

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8 Juan Mata

The Spanish midfielder lacks pace but has a great mind to read the game. I though he did well, at times, and could have scored a goal himself. Having Angel Gomes on the pitch also could have been a masterstroke for Solskjaer though.

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21 Daniel James

The Welshman did not match Solskjaer’s record of scoring in his first three matches at Old Trafford. Not to worry though, he continued his development and did not disappoint in his fifth appearance for the club. He had chances to change the game, firing one shot over the crossbar, somewhat narrowly, and pressured the opposition consistently, which was great to see. To hear the crowd sing; “James, James will tear you part again” was great too. Something he should be proud of.

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10 Marcus Rashford

Won a penalty in the eighth minute of the match and took that penalty, beating Kasper Schmeichel, who was sent in the wrong direction. Rashford hardly had much involvement in the game other than scoring the penalty, however, in the last six minutes to the match, he took a free-kick which struck the crossbar, denying United from opening a two-goal cushion.

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Substitutes

17 Fred

Replaced Matic 67’. Despite this being his first appearance of the season, the Brazilian showed some quality both on an off the ball. At one point, he recovered the ball on the right, ran into the box and tried to play the ball to Pereira, who just missed receiving it. Fred should be starting more often and perhaps, with him off the mark now in terms of appearances, a switch to a better formation might be on the cards. 4-3-3 anyone?

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44 Tahith Chong

Replaced Mata 70’. I was glad to see some talented youth players given a chance. He had a spark and a drive about him which was not present in the game at the time he came on. Got forward a lot of the time and chased the ball the majority of the time. Got the better of Ricardo Pereira a few times, which was good to see and will build his confidence. Needs more time in the first team. A start on Thursday?

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38 Axel Tuanzebe

Replaced James 90+1. The young defender came on in stoppage time and had minutes to get involved in the game. It was not enough time for him to get much involvement but I can see what he was afforded the time. His first competitive appearance this season.More to come from him in the next few weeks and months?

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Goals: Marcus Rashford 8′ (penalty)

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Young; Matic (Fred 67′), McTominay; Pereira, Mata (Chong 70′), James (Tuanzebe 90+1′); Rashford

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Jones; Gomes; Greenwood

Bookings: Daniel James 84′; James Maddison 75′, Ben Chilwell 90+5′

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