Manchester United's three best players in spirited loss against Leicester City
Manchester United lost 2-1 against Champions League chasing Leicester City, a loss which saw Manchester City win the Premier League.
Despite the loss, Manchester United put in a decent display with the vast majority of first-team players rested to cope with a packed fixture list.
There were plenty of positives to take from the game as United’s youngsters coped with a full-strength Leicester side, going into half time at 1-1 but they did not quite have enough quality up top to create chances in the second half.
However, many of United’s youngsters stood out as the best players on the pitch.
Here are the top three players from tonight’s game…
Easily man of the match until he was taken off in the 65th minute, Mason Greenwood buzzed around the pitch trying to take the game by the scruff of its neck once United went 1-0 down.
And he got his reward, showing off his many attributes as he scored his first goal – his close control, burst of pace and clinical finishing created a goal almost out of nowhere.
The way he easily shifted past the Leicester defence and deftly rolled the ball just inside the far post of the goal showed his class.
Looking disappointed to be subbed off, a sight any fan wants to see, Greenwood is staking his claim to permanent first-team football.
Axel Tuanzebe came into the team following a rest for Victor Lindelof and injury to captain Harry Maguire.
Aside from a poor start when he was out of position for Leicester’s opener, Tuanzebe improved and got better and better as the game went on.
He partnered Eric Bailly brilliantly and his abundance of pace made sure he snuffed out any chances for Leicester strikers Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho.
Unfortunate to finish the game having conceded two goals, Tuanzebe had a composed game and was rarely troubled by some of the league’s most prolific strikers.
With Eric Bailly also having a solid game, usual starter Victor Lindelof will be looking over his shoulder in case his bumped down the list.
Both Bailly and Tuanzebe offer a little more pace and strength than Lindelof, offering Maguire better back-up as a central defensive partner.
On his debut Premier League appearance for the Red Devils, Amad Diallo displayed pace, guile and promise.
Although he didn’t see as much of the ball as he would have liked, the youngster showed glimpses of why he is so highly rated by Ole and the coaching staff.
Making exciting runs and showing off his dribbling skills, Diallo was an unpredictable prospect in what was a largely unimaginative performance from Manchester United.
If United’s counter-attacking style continues into next season, Amad Diallo will fit in perfectly as his pace and dangerous runs will cause even the best defenders a headache.
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