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Leicester City 5-3 Manchester United: United throw away lead in devastating loss

by Sam Peoples

What an absolute disaster. Manchester United were 3-1 up and looking very confident before a controversial refereeing decision swung the pendulum to get Leicester right back into the game.

From then on, United were a house of sticks built on sand and blew over when the storm came.

That’s the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson‘s final game as manager that United have conceded five goals in a single game.

As great as our attack is, our defence is so weak.

Attack attack attack. United have really found their goalscoring boots in the past two games. The game against QPR last weekend saw United at their flowing best in the first half and today was much of the same.

A great Falcao cross was nodded in by Van Persie before Di Maria’s delectable chip gave United a two goal lead and Ander Herrera scored a third in the second half.

Unfortunately for United, their prowess going forward wasn’t the whole story…

Defend defend defend. Just as much as United were confident going forward against Leicester, they were equally as nervous in defence.

The fact that 20-year-old Tyler Blackett was our most composed defender on the day speaks volumes for how shaky United looked at the back and even he capitulated at the end with a rash tackle leading to a penalty.

Given that United had only conceded three goals in their first four games, it was disappointing to see how poor United were at the back.

Angel di Maria is unbelievable. What an impact Di Maria has already had as a United player in just three appearances for the club.

Against Burnley on his debut, Di Maria’s willingness to run with the ball at his feet became immediately apparent.

Against QPR on his home debut, Di Maria was a constant thorn in their side and instrumental in United’s blistering 4-0 victory.

Against Leicester, he was again one of United’s stand-out performers and his goal was out of this world.

How was this a penalty?

Questions will now be asked and rightly so. United’s summer window was fantastic in terms of attackers that were brought in to the club but United’s defence was exposed today.

United already lacked a leader figure in defence before Phil Jones was injured and now that Jonny Evans is likely to be injured as well as Tyler Blackett being suspended, who will play in defence for United against West Ham?

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