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Lessons learned from Manchester United v Leicester

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Manchester United finally got a much needed win in the league thanks to a Marcus Rashford penalty but things need to improve considerably.

While Manchester United did register an important win over Leicester City, it is clear that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are a work in progress. No one knows for sure how long the team will become the way the Norwegian wants it to be but we fear that it is going to be a while.

The Red Devils started brightly once again eventually did take the lead but the second half showed a struggle the team’s fans have become rather accustomed to.

Lindelof’s form still a concern

While Manchester United have signed Harry Maguire in what is going to be a great decision, it is clear that Victor Lindelof has issues that need to be sorted out. The Sweden international is not a bad defender but for some reason, is taking his time to forming a dream partnership with the club record signing.

The Swede made quite a mess of things when he gave the ball away that was pounced upon by James Maddison. The youngster’s effort was superbly saved by David de Gea but it was yet another instance of the former Benfica man not being up to the task at a crucial moment.

The Red Devils are not going to score a lot of goals as evidenced by their recent form so a tight defense is going to be quite important.

Wan-Bissaka not a buccaneering full-back

While no one can doubt his ability when it comes to tackling and ensuring no one passes by his, Aaron Wan-Bissaka is far from becoming the sort of full back who would help the team in the final third. The young Englishman was in great defensive form out there but offensively, he needs to develop quickly.

Modern full-backs need to be as enterprising as possible and this is one aspect of his game that should improve.

A point dropped

While Leicester City have been a different proposition altogether under the tutelage of Brendan Rodgers, the Foxes struggled to make their dominance count in the second period. The forward line was pretty much taken care of very professionally by the United defense.

It is clear that when it comes to the top six, Leicester might struggle to score as freely as we have seen them against other teams. While an away game at Old Trafford isn’t an easy one, Manchester United did offer them a few chances to level proceedings, it was clear that the Foxes were bereft of ideas.

And since they are looking like a team that could possibly mount a serious top four assault, Rodgers needs to find out a way to make his forward line more effective against the teams that usually finish ahead of them.