Good news for all football fans, premier league is back’, and things couldn’t be more interesting giving as the entire summer season was filled to the brim only with transfers and whatnot.
The community shield went down on Sunday afternoon as Manchester United and Leicester city gave the footballing world somewhat of an introduction into the new season, with Zlatan Ibrahimovich scoring a crucial second goal for Manchester United to run out eventual 2-1 winners. Therefore, here are five things we learnt from the game;
- It Served A Nice Introduction;
It was a game between the Premier league champions and the F.A Cup champions and unsurprisingly, both coaches took it seriously with key players starting and testing themselves from the beginning. Leicester city stuck to their title winning XI except for Andy King who came in for Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante while Manchester United unleashed superstar striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovich from the beginning, while Lingard and Fellaini were surprise starters ahead of Mkhitariyan and Herrera. Both teams eventually used up its six second half substitutes as every ones legs had to be tested ahead of the new season. Good game.
- Leicester city Showed Their Title Win Was No Fluke;
They were beaten 2-1 but fact is, they showed resilience throughout the game and never showed sign of relenting on their title winning mentality. Vardy was as lively as ever, Mahrez also tried his best from his usual position while Huth showed the doggedness that never eluded him last season. All in all, they put up a good game making the game a tight contest.
- Is Lingard Set To Be A Vital Part Of Mourinho’s Manutd Revolution;
Fact is, you can’t put in that kind of performance and not warrant another chance to show yourself. The Manchester United academy graduate continued from where he stopped last season, scoring a sumptuous goal after weaving past four Leicester city players, before slotting past Kasper Schmichael to give Manchester United a 1-0 lead. Apart from the goal, he also put in a good shift, as according to squawka, he completed more dribbles than anyone on the pitch. He was a surprise starter but will eventually become an automatic starter if he continues to put up such impressive performances.
- Signing Ahmed Musa Looks Like A Smart Move From Leicester City;
During the summer, Leicester city completed a record signing of Nigerian striker Ahmed Musa and the way the Nigerian is performing, it looks like a smart move by the Leicester city board as he has proven in the last few games he has the ability to step up when it matters. In this game, he came in,in the second half as a replacement for Okazaki and immediately joined the thick of action, combining well with Vardy to cause Manchester United’s backline problems. Eventually, his move from the midfield led to the goal as his loose ball led to a bad back pass from Fellaini for Vardy to intercept and equalize for Leicester city. All in all, he put in a good shift and showed he will be a key player as they compete on all fonts (Premier League, F.A Cup, Carling Cup and Champions league) this season.
- The Top Strikers Came Up Clutch;
I definitely wouldn’t be wrong to say Vardy has picked up from where he stopped last season as his equalizer was a typical Jamie Vardy’s striker instinct, the same instinct that led him to score 24 league goals last season. Although not as sharp, except his full sharpness to come through as the season progresses. Ibrahimovich, truth be told, he had a very average game and wasn’t spectacular as he lost the ball multiple times with Morgan and Huth shackling him times without number. Rooney’s tepid performance behind him did not help matters but he eventually rose up when it mattered most as he leaped above Morgan to nod in the winning goal for Manchester United to be crowned Champions.