Leicester 1 Man United 1: Three talking points as Schweinsteiger rescues Van Gaal’s side

Three talking points as Manchester United come from behind to draw with Leicester City

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles

Vardy sets Premier League record

Unless you’re a Manchester United supporter, you couldn’t help but celebrate one of the most memorable Premier League moments in recent years. It was fitting that Jamie Vardy scored in his 11th successive Premier League game to break a Manchester United legend’s record against the Red Devils and against the division’s best goalkeeper. There can be no doubt that this is not a fluke occurrence. Vardy has had to score against the best to etch his name into Premier League history. It was a high quality goal, too. Vardy feigned disinterest as Leicester countered before he timed his darting run to perfection, and although his first touch wasn’t ideal, his finish was clinical. It came in front of the on watching England manager Roy Hodgson, too. Roy of the Rovers stuff.

Cornered Man United hit back at set-pieces

Louis van Gaal’s side rarely threatened from open play in a goalless draw with PSV Eindhoven in Wednesday night’s Champions League clash. It was a similar story at King Power Stadium, too. However, United did have the upper-hand at set-pieces, which seemed their best approach to creating an equaliser. Bastian Schweinsteiger levelled on the stroke of half-time with a thunderous header after he muscled Leicester midfielder Shinji Okazaki out of the way. Following their success before the break, it was unsurprising that United looked to capitalise on that mismatch as another Schweinsteiger header required a save from Schmeichel – Wayne Rooney was adjudged offside as he looked to nod the rebound past the Foxes goalkeeper.

Man United passing their fans to death

Johnny Giles may be a midfield general from a different era and unknown name to United and Premier League supporters unless you’re Irish, but the former Leeds United and Manchester United midfielder does know a thing or two about dominating the centre of the park. The former Republic of Ireland manager believes United lack a midfielder capable of linking the defence and attack. Van Gaal’s side dominated midfield for most of Saturday evening’s clash, but rarely did the visitors threaten Schmeichel’s goal. The away side racked up a Barcelona-esque 589 passes (Leicester made 266 passes) but it was Claudio Ranieri’s side who looked more dangerous. The United manager acquired Morgan Schneiderlin and Schweinsteiger in the summer to add some muscle to their midfield. While the Frenchman and German have certainly provided a presence, it has come at the expense of creativity. The Bayern Munich legend was responsible for 92 of their 489 successful passes, but few were incisive. While these stats are impressive, it is the key stat that disappoints: a 1-1 draw with just two shots on target. According to Giles, Schneiderlin mentally collapsed against PSV and was afraid to get on the ball and play a forward-thinking pass. The France international dropped to the bench following a disappointing performance in the Champions League, but it was much the same from his replacement Michael Carrick. How United are ruing Paul Pogba’s exit in 2012 as he continues to put opponents on the back foot in Serie A and in the Champions League.

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