Manchester United started the Premier League season on a positive note as they clinched a 2-1 victory over Leicester City. The Red Devils opened the scoring within the third minute of the game after Paul Pogba scored the opener from the penalty spot. Thereafter, United had to wait until the 83th minute to double the lead via Luke Shaw. Jamie Vardy netted the consolation goal for Leicester in the 92nd minute to deny David de Gea a clean sheet.
Three things we learned:
Paul Pogba starts the season with a bang: Pogba could not have got a better way to start the campaign after he opened the scoring via the penalty spot. Thereafter, the captain on the night was beaming with confidence and his performance was almost flawless with his excellent ball distribution towards his forwards. Last season, the Frenchman begun the campaign in a similar fashion before getting injured but hopefully, he can remain unscathed this time around. Pogba was handed the man of the match for his showing versus Leicester.
Alexis Sanchez needs to show improvement: The Chilean was the subject of immense criticism from the fans during the backend of the season where he was often found guilty of losing ball possession. With a new beginning, the fans will have expected much better from the Chilean but the statistics were quite similar as he lost more possession than any other United player. Despite this, Sanchez was credited with the penalty-goal assist whilst he should have got another, had Romelu Lukaku not missed an absolute sitter towards the end.
Jamie Vardy’s influence at Leicester City: The England international has remained truly committed to the Foxes since winning the Premier League title(2015/16) and he was most recently rewarded with a fresh four-year contract. Owing to his World Cup exploits, Vardy could only make the bench for the season opener but his introduction during the second period brought more impetus into the Foxes’ play. Vardy nearly created a goal for Iheanacho after inducing a mistake from Shaw and he thereafter gave United something to think about with a late goal which reduced the deficit.
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