When Manchester United went 3-1 up against Leicester City on Sunday, few would have expected them to drop points. And yet by the end of the match Nigel Pearson’s side was celebrating an outstanding 5-3 victory over a side who have attacking riches galore but a defence chockfull of weaknesses.
Ander Herrera’ s goal just before the hour-mark gave United breathing room and seemed to suggest the fight had been drained from the Foxes. But in a 20-minute spell those thoughts were obliterated, as Esteban Cambiasso, Jamie Vardy, David Nugent and Leonardo Ulloa gave Leicester a famous and well-deserved victory.
Some could put United’s slip down to a bad day at the office, others to their defence frailties that appear to be getting worse rather than better. But Squawka published a fascinating statistic shortly after the final whistle that told its own story.
Between the 60th and the 80th minute United made just won one effective tackle, giving them a success rate of 13 per cent. In that time, the side conceded three goals and were on the verge of shipping the fourth, which arrived from the penalty-spot seven minutes from time.
Man Utd won just one tackle between the 60th-80th minute - 13% success rate. Leicester scored 4 goals in that time. pic.twitter.com/Dt9fOBMS8X— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 21, 2014
A closer look at United’s players reveals that only three won more than one tackle in the entire match – Ander Herrera, Wayne Rooney and Angel Di Maria.
So that is something else for Louis van Gaal to work on in the weeks ahead, suggesting the job he took on this summer is getting no easier despite his £150million outlay.
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