It wasn’t pretty viewing but Manchester United got a crucial three points against Leicester City.
With key players missing and Leicester arriving high on confidence, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be delighted that his side were able to hang on and get back to winning ways.
There were positives and negatives to take away from the game at Old Trafford, here is a look at the two most impressive players.
In the absence of Pogba, it was McTominay who stepped up to the plate and took the leadership role in Manchester United’s midfield.
In the first half, the Scottish midfielder elegantly glided past Hamza Choudhury and the arrowed a cross field drive onto Daniel James toes, a pass that Paul Scholes would have been proud of.
McTominay knew he had to be at his energetic and aggressive best to combat the threat Leicester’s key technicians James Maddison and Youri Tielemans brought.
One of the biggest cheers of the day to come from a nervy Old Trafford crowd was McTominay’s thundering tackle on Ben Chilwell, which left Leicester’s left-back in a heap.
With the game reaching its nervy crescendo, it was McTominay who took the game by the scruff of the neck driving forward with power, leading by example.
Solskjaer will delighted with the mature display McTominay produced and it seems that under the Norwegian he has nailed down a starting place.
The former Leicester man was met with some boos from the Foxes fans but it did nothing to unsettle United’s new general.
Maguire had to be at his best to stop Demarai Gray potentially getting in behind, the world’s most expensive defender used his strength to beat his former team mate and then showcased his composure in possession to calm the situation down.
With the game finely poised, it was Maguire who nearly opened his Manchester United account with a header that Kasper Schmeichel smothered.
In the final stages, when Leicester were starting to impose themselves on the game it was Maguire’s leadership that stood out. A 93rd minute Leicester free kick was punted into the box, which was met with a commanding header from Maguire to clear United’s lines.
Maguire’s dominant display against his former club was the best he has performed since his summer switch and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see United’s new defensive stalwart named captain next season.
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