Manchester United suffered a humbling 4-2 defeat at Leicester City in Saturday’s Premier League action with star midfielder Paul Pogba believing their defeat was “deserved”
The French international midfielder claimed that his side were conceding “easy goals and stupid goals” in a performance that would have rung plenty of alarm bells.
United had opened the scoring through a superb Mason Greenwood individual goal but Youri Tielemans and Caglar Soyuncu both found the target to turn the game on its head.
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Marcus Rashford levelled the score for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side but the home side hit back through late goals from Jamie Vardy and Patson Daka to claim a deserved 4-2 victory.
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It was a result that continued United’s slump in form domestically in which they have collected just one point from their last three Premier League matches.
The trip to the King Power Stadium saw Solskjaer leave central midfield duo Fred and Scott McTominay out of his starting line-up, with Pogba partnering Nemanja Matic in the middle.
Yet United failed to gain control of the midfield at any point throughout the match with their back-line continually left exposed by Leicester ’s pressing and direct style of play.
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Pogba told reporters after the match: “To be honest we have been having this kind of game for a long time and we have not found what the problem is.
“We have conceded easy goals and stupid goals.
“In these sort of games on this sort of pitch, they will push and put pressure on us.
“We need to be more mature I think, and play with more experience – we need to have more arrogance, in a good way.
“We have to take the ball and play our football, but now we have to find what is the key and reason for this loss, because we deserved to lose today.”
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.
Solskjaer’s side had picked up 13 points from their opening five league matches but their form since has put the Norwegian coach under pressure at Old Trafford.
Saturday’s defeat at Leicester was the start of a demanding run of fixtures which sees Atalanta visit Manchester on Wednesday before United host Liverpool in a crunch Premier League matches next weekend.