The new season of the Premier League has returned with last year¡¯s runners-up Manchester United hosting Leicester City at Old Trafford. Jose Mourinho¡¯s third season at the club already started with some weary pre-season and a highly disappointing transfer deadline day as they couldn¡¯t solve their center back problems. But the Red Devil¡¯s boss clearly addressed in the pre match press conference that United is ready despite all the negativity surrounding the Manchester air.
Well Friday night United did put a smile on their fans faces as they beat Leicester City and gave the Old Trafford faithful something to be happy about. Following are the highlights from the match.
After winning the World Cup in Russia there was a big possibility of Pogba leaving United and joining Barcelona. Most of the trusted news sources claimed that the prolific midfielder is not at all content playing under rigid and defensive Mourinho system. But the Frenchman not only captained his side but absolutely dominated the midfield that too without any pre season and only three days of training. Started the campaign scoring after only 72 seconds as he dispatched the penalty.
Luke Shaw Shines:
Another satisfactory prospect for the United fans as they saw Luke Shaw score his first professional goal for Manchester United and as it turned out his goal gave all three points to the Mourinho side and Jose¡¯s celebration matched the occasion as well. He hailed the left back in the media as a brilliant professional after criticizing him publicly last season. His defensive contribution was also something to be talked about as it got him the MOTM award.
Leicester’s Recruits Showed Promise:
James Maddison joined the Foxes this season and showed why he could be the one for them. He was brilliant throughout the first half but looked a bit weary in the second half. Also he brought out a hell of a save from David De Gea.
Debut for ‘Fred the Red’ :
Brazilian midfielder from Shakhter Donetsk is the only big name recruited in this window. And the Old Trafford faithful were in full swing to welcome the debutant. Fred partnered with Perreira and Pogba to orchestrate the midfield and the Brazilian lad didn¡¯t disappoint. Showed real tenacity and visions that can only get better.
Despite all the positives it looked same as old, dull. Despite a brilliant start Leicester City dominated the whole game and were causing problems. Had it not been for Bailly, Lindelof and Shaw, United could lose the opening match. The dull and generic gameplay frustrated the fans as there was no excitement throughout the first half. Second half looked a tad bit better but Alexis Sanchez wasted the attacks from the flanks. Nervy corners and Leicester missing chances and brilliance of DDG saved Jose side from opening day debacle.