March 22 2018

Craig Shakespeare "disappointed" by defeat to Manchester United

March 22 2018, 04:05 | Sammy Rose

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Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare was frustrated to concede a set-piece goal to Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford after his side appeared to be closing in on an Old Trafford point.

Mourinho is still insisting United's fast start "means nothing" after watching his team win the first three games of last season only to finish sixth. The surprise? It was Rashford who was benched, not Juan Mata. Had the Red Devils finished some of their clear-cut chances, they could have finished much higher than the sixth position in the Premier League.

But for United, as was the case against West Ham, and as was the case against Swansea, all it took was one. Leicester were largely disciplined in defence - even if Jamie Vardy cut an isolated figure up front - until the game's first major moment on the 51st minute. He looked more hungry, and it instantly brought more excitement and desire to United's game.

Mourinho is still hoping for one more signing before Thursday's transfer deadline.

Romelu Lukaku's missed penalty was the only downside. Hopefully, we won't be 4-0 down by half-time but Manchester United have looked impressive and free-scoring so far. After excellent build up play inside the opposition's half, midfielder Andrew Surman lofted a brilliant curling pass into the box, which was instinctively hit on the volley by Defoe 10 yards out. Replays showed that Lacazette was clearly onside, and the Gunners should have had their equalizer.

"I'm happy for them - all of them working hard, trying to be in the line-up".

It came in the 82nd minute when a Jesse Lingard shot was deflected past Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel by Marouane Fellaini. It's fair to say that the decision could have gone either way. Were Leicester very unsafe against Arsenal? Yes. None of that attacking intent was displayed here whatsoever. Poor sight to see.

Mourinho refused to take credit for the substitutions that changed the game, preferring to deflect the spotlight onto his players.

Leicester City will be without Robert Huth and Vicente Iborra, with a number of key players in doubt as well - including Kelechi Iheanacho, Danny Drinkwater, Wes Morgan, and Harry Maguire. "If you can not celebrate with the fans, the best solution is not to invite the fans". As the second half wore on, some in the Old Trafford stands could be forgiven for fearing that United would not make their superiority count. The defender continued his good form against Manchester United, blocking, intercepting, tackling and heading the ball all afternoon in an attempt to keep Utd's lethal attack at bay. We need to organise and set better.

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