Manchester United took an early lead against newly promoted Leicester City and at some point led 3 – 1, with just half an hour remaining but in the end lost 5 – 3 at the KP Stadium on Sunday 21 September and manager Louis Van Gaal says they gave away the game.
Robin Van Persie opened the scoring before Angel Di Maria doubled the lead three minutes later and though Leonardo Ulloa reduced the deficit going into the break, Ander Herrera restored the two goal cushion on 57 minutes.
It however took a bad turn for the Red Devils as the hosts won a controversial penalty that was successfully delivered by David Nugent on 62 minutes to spark a comeback that saw veteran Esteban Cambiasso restore parity two minutes later.
A poor back line saw Jamie Vardy race clear with ten minutes to go to score Leicester’s fourth goal before Ulloa wrapped it all up with his second of the evening from the penalty spot on 83 minutes as Tyler Blackett was sent for an early shower.
Van Gaal, speaking after the game, said too much attack mindedness in the team exposed the, against Leicester.
“We had the game in our pocket but gave it away and it is not good. It is not because of Leicester; we gave it away and I am not happy with the way we played. We have too many players going forward searching for goals that we forget to defend”, he said.
The Dutch coach refused to lay the blame on referee Mark Clattenburg for what seemed like a soft penalty conceded by Rafael as he outmuscled Jamie Vardy in the box and riled at the team’s handling of the ball.
“All the focus is on the referee for the first penalty but then as a player you do not have to do that. If you are in the box, you allow the referee to whistle when you make a challenge. I do not know if it is a penalty but we have to look at ourselves because we made such big errors as a team.
“We didn’t keep possession the right way and they had five shots on target and scored with them all; it was because of errors in ball possession. We did well for the first 60 minutes then failed in the last 30 minutes”, he added.
The loss started a lot of scrutiny over United’s defence and though Van Gaal, in defence of his defenders, said the whole team is to blame, he will have to address the fact that he will be without Tyler Blackett in the next game as well as Jonny Evans who left Leicester injured.