5 things we learned as Man Utd ease past Leicester – Sancho to Ronaldo

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Manchester United edged past Leicester to pile the pressure on Brendan Rodgers while Erik ten Hag appears to have found a winning formula.

The Red Devils looked slick at the King Power Stadium on Thursday night to make it three Premier League wins in three. However, the Foxes remain rooted at the bottom of the table after yet another disappointing defeat.

It was a comfortable game for United in the end, who opened the scoring through Jadon Sancho after some miserable defending. And the home side barely threatened David de Gea in the opposite net as Ten Hag's stars knocked the ball about to give the away fans some huge encouragement ahead of the rest of the season.

But where did the Dutchman get it right?

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Sancho season

One notable change from the former regime was the change in wings for Sancho, who was played more on the right under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. However, it is clear to see that the Englishman has a better impact on the left.

The signing of Antony, a left-footed right-winger, also emphasises where Ten Hag believes Sancho should play and his goal encapsulated why. The forward had a tough year last season but under the new coach, he could fulfil the huge potential that he undoubtedly has.

Ronaldo rotting

While there will no doubt be plenty of smiles at United, one player who might not be so over the moon is Ronaldo – who was named on the bench yet again. After trying to leave all summer, the Portuguese icon will be going nowhere.

But it appears that the 37-year-old might not suit Ten Hag's fluid attack, which relies on the likes of Sancho and Marcus Rashford and their ability to press. It could be a long season for the five-time Ballon d'Or winner, who is not used to playing a bit-part role.

He was also poor when he came on, which won't help.

McTominay impresses

The signing of Casemiro will have the likes of Fred and Scott McTominay sweating – but the latter was given the nod on Thursday night and showed he could still be an important player under Ten Hag. Yes, the Brazilian boasts an incredible CV and is likely to start over the United academy graduate.

But McTominay is not afraid to utilise his size and power when cleaning up in midfield and was handed the duty of being the sole defensive midfielder with Bruno Fernandes and Christian Eriksen given license to go forward. It bodes well that the Scotland international was given such responsibility.

Varane faultless

When United signed Raphael Varane last year, it was a real statement of intent – though the Frenchman had a difficult first season in the Premier League. Not right now, though, with the defender an absolute rock at the back for the Red Devils.

With such a huge reputation, the ex-Real Madrid star is starting to live up to his billing. After the arrival of Lisandro Martinez, it might be time for Harry Maguire to look elsewhere with Ten Hag finding a defensive duo he can trust.

De Gea lessons learned

After the horror shows at Brighton and Brentford, it was clear to see that David de Gea was struggling to adapt to the passing style that Ten Hag wants from his goalkeepers.

But to the Dutchman's credit, he has done away with that tactic and told the Spaniard just to lump it long. Yes, it is not pretty – but it means that De Gea can concentrate on what he does best – extraordinary saves – and that is alright, especially considering it spares United from conceding embarrassing goals.


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