Player Ratings: Leicester City 1 Manchester United 1

Drawing away from home to a side second placed in the table may seem like a good result- especially when you’ve gone behind, but it’s doubtful any Red could feel satisfied after today’s game at the King Power stadium. All the talk may be of Jamie Vardy’s record-breaking exploits but the other story hitting the headlines should really be on United’s lack of attacking effort- yet again. The Reds were awful for large parts of the game, with very players doing themselves justice as they dealt with the shackles of Van Gaal’s sterile tactics.

Here’s how the team fared:

David De Gea- some will blame him for Vardy’s goal, although to be fair it seemed more like a good finish than an error by the keeper, although his distribution at times wasn’t its usual high standard. 6

Paddy McNair- thrown under the bus by Van Gaal who blamed him for Leicester’s goal – which was a tad harsh, he wasn’t great but he wasn’t dreadful either. 6

Matteo Darmian- the Italian’s crossing was erratic at best but he carried the ball forward and enjoyed some good moments. 7

Chris Smallling- masterful as he’s been all season, this was one of the defenders best ever performances and he’s one of the few players in Red who can hold his head high. MOTM 9

Daley Blind- Not quite as masterful as his defensive partner but couldn’t be blamed for Leicester’s goal and the opposition’s plan to make Vardy exploit his lack of pace never really got going. Seems to be the new corner taker for a reason. 7

Ashley Young- too many crosses found a blue shirt, while the former Aston Villa man spent too much time waving his arms around at team mates when he should’ve been looking closer to home at why United were struggling. 5

Michael Carrick- was occasionally wasteful, which is rarer than a Wayne Rooney goal – but overall did a competent job. 6

Bastian Schweinsteiger- scored a goal and was a lot more positive in his passing than his team mates. 8

Juan Mata- never really got going today and the pace of the game seemed to stifle him. 6

Anthony Martial- keeps trying to inject some life into United’s attack, which is often like giving defibrillation to a corpse. Let’s just hope he doesn’t give up trying. 6

Wayne Rooney- it’s not happening for him and if it wasn’t for an injury to his abdomen we would’ve been forced to endure 90 instead of 70 minutes of utter dross. 4

Subs- Memphis – for Rooney- huffed and puffed without really blowing anything down. 6

Louis Van Gaal- far too negative as usual and subbing Rooney wasn’t enough, he needs to up his game if he’s to win over the fans. 5


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Steve Ferguson had taken over & re-branded The Faithful MUFC website back in the summer of 2014 and is now the owner and editor of the site. Steve, from Ashton-Under-Lyne in Greater Manchester, is a 35-year-old life long Manchester United fan, travelling over the globe to see the Reds play. Steve has been lucky enough to be at both the 1999 and 2008 Champions League finals, seeing Manchester United lift the biggest trophy in the World, none more exciting than that faithful night in Barcelona in 99. The website is a blog, but also hopes to deliver the latest Manchester United news from around the internet too, linked up with our growing twitter account which is @TheFaithfulMUFC, give it a follow as we will follow you back as soon as we can.

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