Manchester United defeated Leicester City by 2-1 at the Old Trafford in the first game of the Premier League 2018-19 season. Jose Mourinho’s men opened the scoresheet as French superstar Paul Pogba calmly converted a penalty in the 2nd minute of the first half. Luke Shaw doubled up the tally, before Leicester City got one back through their prolific striker Jamie Vardy.
United bagged the three points and this will give Mourinho a bit of relief after a topsy-turvy pre-season and his issue with the transfer window and club’s transfer policy.
Manchester United Player ratings vs Leicester City:
David De Gea – 8
The Spaniard pulled off some superb saves, especially the one from James Maddison in the first half.
Matteo Darmian – 5
A lackluster performance by the Italian as he made numerous errors defensively and didn’t offer anything attacking wise.
Eric Bailly – 9
The best defender on the pitch. The Ivorian was like a wall for United as he made some vital interceptions and was a leader from the back.
Victor Lindelof – 7
The Swedish definitely brought his World Cup form to his club and was alert throughout the match. He complimented Bailly perfectly and the duo could make a solid partnership for United.
Luke Shaw – 8
He looked like the old-inform left back from his Southampton days. Looked like he was waiting for this opportunity to prove his doubters wrong and wrapped up his performance with a good goal.
Andreas Pereira – 7
The youngster had a good match and provided some crucial passes going forward. He kept it neat and didn’t tinker much to show off his skills unnecessary.
Paul Pogba – 7
Converted a calm penalty early in the first half and was a commanding figure in the heart of the midfield. Although he became a little complacent as the game went on, overall a brilliant way to start off a season.
Fred – 6
The Brazilian had a decent debut for United as he kept his passes simple. However, he made some reckless tackles as the game went on, but a good debut for him.
Juan Mata – 6
Apart from that wasted chance to put United 2-0 in that situation, the Spaniard look tidy and was behind Shaw’s goal.
Alexis Sanchez – 5
Won the penalty for United and also created a superb chance for Lukaku, but he still lacks the X-factor which he had for Arsenal.
Marcus Rashford – 4
Looked cautious as the number 9, and lost possession quite a few times and didn’t offer much.
Lukaku – 3
Missed an open chance from a ball by Sanchez after coming on in the second half. Still not 100 per cent match fit.
McTominay – 5
Showed why he is rated so highly, was calm and precise with his passes after replacing Fred.
Fellaini – N/A
Did not offer much after coming late in the second half.