clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Relegation a serious possibility for Leicester after a 3-0 thumping to Man United

New, comments

Three goals in seven minutes from the visitors showcased everything that’s wrong with Leicester this season.

Leicester City v Manchester United - Premier League Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

After 3-0 loss to Manchester United that was nothing short of depressing, Leicester City look destined for relegation.

It was a game most Leicester fans weren't expecting much from, but the Foxes were looking reasonably sound defensively as the 40 minute mark approached. The best chance of the game had been a close range shot from Marcus Rashford, which was brilliantly saved by Kasper Schmeichel at the near post.

As halftime neared a part of me wondered if we could potentially hold on for a 0-0, but those hopes were instantly crushed as Robert Huth decided to go AWOL in the 42nd minute.

All he needed to do was stand his ground as the ball was played just past the halfway line towards Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Instead he stepped out, allowing Mkhitaryan to easily tap it past him, and take out the rest of the defence in a single move. The Armenian made no mistake one vs one, and cooly slotted it home to make it 1-0 to the visitors.

And from there things went from bad to worse. It's blatantly obvious this team has zero confidence. Leicester City's never been a side known for having much quality, but one thing we have been known for is our fight. Back then if we went 1-0 down our heads didn't drop, and even if we did lose, we lost with dignity. The second we went 1-0 down today, heads dropped and Manchester United were quick to grab a second in as many minutes.

Antonio Valencia exploited Christian Fuchs down the left hand side before crossing the ball into Zlatan Ibrahimović, who certainly wasn't going to miss from point-blank range, to double the visitors lead.

Leicester City v Manchester United - Premier League Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

From there it was game over, but Manchester United continued to pile on the misery, making it 3-0 in the 49th minute.

It was another shambolic piece of defending from Fuchs, who was looking to play the offside trap without any regard to the positioning of the rest of the back four. This allowed Juan Mata to play an easy one-two with Mkhitaryan, before calmly slotting it into the back of the net.

From there it got no better, Mata nearly bagged his second after beating the offside trap only to be denied by Schmeichel in the 62nd minute. While Fuchs redeemed a shred of credibility in the form of a goal-saving tackle to deny United a 4th in the 79th minute.

The dreadful performance leaves the Foxes a point off the relegation zone and trending in the wrong direction as multiple relegation rivals look to be on the up. Their next Premier League tie against Swansea is an absolute must win, and should they lose, which they probably will considering it's an away game, relegation becomes a whole lot more likely.