Leiecester City could not complete their dream in the Theatre of dreams as Manchester United held them to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford. Leicester City would still go away as the happier of the two sides, with a hard earned point away.
Manchester United began on a bright note, keeping the ball and testing Leicester’s backline with slick passing. They were duly rewarded 9 minutes into the game with Anthony Martial beating Kasper Schmeichel on his near post with a strong low shot from Antonio Valenica’s cross.
It was almost 2-0 shortly after, but a low shot from Lingard was brilliantly saved by Schmeichel. And as has happened innumerable times this season, Leicester City managed to get a goal in from nowhere when the huge Wes Morgan managed to shrug off Marcos Rojo to head in from Danny Drinkwater’s free kick.
The game settled in the second half with clear cut chances few and far between. In spite of late drama due to Drinkwater’s red card, Leicester managed to hold on to secure a point. The game wasn’t short of action and drama and here are a few talking points about the game.
1. Has Van Gaal found a new role for Fellaini?
Marouane Fellaini is by no means a fan favourite at Old Trafford, evidenced by the boos and even sarcastic cheers he has received after being subbed off. However, in recent weeks Fellaini has shown signs of improvement and looks to be the player he was at Everton.
Operating in a midfield 3 with Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney, Fellaini has been given the freedom to move forward. Today he did exactly what was asked of him by Van Gaal: Get forward and make yourself a nuisance in the box. He was at the backpost on most occasions and won a few headers to set up his team mates. He tracked back a few times as well showing good work ethic. Although his future at the club remains uncertain, he went on to show that when deployed properly he can be a good asset to the team.