Manchester United went down to an alarming 4-2 defeat at Leicester City in Saturday’s Premier League action with Owen Hargreaves analysing where it is all going wrong for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side
Mason Greenwood gave United an early lead with a superb individual strike but goals from Youri Tielemans and Caglar Soyuncu turned the game on its head.
Marcus Rashford levelled for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men but the home side hit back with goals from Jamie Vardy and Patson Daka to claim a deserved victory.
Unsurprisingly, United’s performance was condemned by pundits with the club’s former midfielder Owen Hargreaves identifying where things were going wrong for the Red Devils.
Hargreaves was working alongside another former England international, John Barnes, to cover the match for Optus Sport.
Barnes said after the match: “How you control a game is not just in possession, it’s out of possession you have to win the ball early or if you’re not going to win it early everyone has to work.
“Man Utd when they lose the ball they allow you to get straight into them, so until they become the kind of team they want to be then I think this will continue.
“In saying that, they are four points off first.”
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Former United midfielder Hargreaves concurred with the view from Barnes and said that Solskjaer’s side were too easily cut open by opposition sides who counter attacked them.
Hargreaves added in his analysis: “They’ve played like this all season.
“Virtually every game I’ve seen they’ve had some brilliant moments where they’ve been saved by individual brilliance but they never have control of games.
“Every team – whether it’s Villa, Villarreal, Everton – every game they conceded poor counter attacks, today they got punished by players who are great on the counter-attack.
“And when they’re that open – John [Barnes] made a good point, the front four really don’t track back, there’s too much space for quality players. That result was coming.”
Saturday’s defeat at the King Power stadium continued an alarming run of form for Solskjaer’s side, who have now picked up just one point from their last three Premier League matches.
United were downed at home by Aston Villa before being held at Old Trafford by Everton, who were only denied the three points due to Yerry Mina’s goal being – correctly – ruled out for offside.
Last season’s Europa League finalists had picked up 13 points from their opening five league matches but their form has dovetailed in recent weeks.