Manchester United suffered a demoralising 4-2 defeat against Leicester despite taking an early lead through Mason Greenwood.
Manchester United’s indifferent form of late continued with a massively disappointing 4-2 loss against Leicester City on Saturday. It was United’s second Premier League defeat of the season. On Saturday, United took the lead in the East Midlands with a sensational Mason Greenwood long-ranger but eventually succumbed to Leicester pressure in the final 15 minutes of the game. United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants the team to quickly respond following the poor result. The Leicester match is only the start of a difficult run of fixtures for the Red Devils. United have two crucial home games coming up next – a Champions League clash against Atalanta, and then the mouth-watering visit of their old foe Liverpool to Old Trafford.
Solskjaer has admitted there could be changes to the tactical set-up ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League tie with Atalanta. He insisted that the team cannot lose focus considering the difficult run of games that are awaiting the side.
“You have to bounce back,” he told club media. “You have to respond. We’ve had the international break to look at things. Everyone’s been away and maybe they came into this confident, because they’ve done well for their international teams. But we need to sort this out.
“We have five games until the next break and we’ve got to stick together. There’s no other way to do it. You cannot lose focus; you’ve got to trust yourself, trust your teammates and make sure that we’re ready on Wednesday night because that will be a difficult game as well.”
In a separate interview with the BBC, Solskjaer admitted that he may have to change something to address the prevailing issues. He did reveal that a lot of thought went into the balance of the current system during the international break. But, the manager insisted that they still need to look at the “whole set-up” of the team.
“Over the international break, we have had a good look to see what has gone wrong lately,” he said. “But we need to look at the whole set-up and balance of the team and maybe something has to give. Lately, we have not been in great form, we’ve lost too many points and that is something we have to look at. We might have to change. Do we need more legs in there? What do we need?”
“Every game is important in the league and the Champions League is hard,” he added. “They’re big games, all of them. Leicester away is as big a test as Atalanta at home, for example. So, we’ve got to dust this off, maybe make sure that we come in again we have fresh minds, looking at themselves in the mirror. I look myself in the mirror, and make sure we perform again.”
Solskjaer has provided an update on Anthony Martial and explained why he was not in the squad at Leicester City. “No, he’s come back from France [duty] not fit so he’s not trained all week,” Ole told MUTV prior to Saturday’s kick off. “Hopefully we can have him back soon.”