PLAYER RATINGS: Ndidi bosses Man United midfield as Lindelof struggles

PLAYER RATINGS: Victor Lindelof struggles to cope with Leicester’s attack at right back… but Wilfred Ndidi bosses Manchester United from midfield

  • Manchester United and Leicester couldn’t be separated in a 2-2 Boxing Day draw
  • Marcus Rashford and Harvey Barnes fired in to make the scores level at the break
  • Bruno Fernandes’ 79th minute strike was then cancelled out by Jamie Vardy   
  • Sportsmail rates the performances from each side at the King Power stadium  

A late Jamie Vardy equaliser denied Manchester United the chance to leapfrog Leicester into second-place on Boxing Day in a tight top-four clash.  

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side stretched to an eighth game unbeaten on Saturday, strengthening their challenge to improve on last season’s third-place in the Premier League.

It was an ideal day for league leaders Liverpool though, as the Foxes missed the chance to cut the Reds’ lead to a point. Here, Sportsmail rates the performances from both Champions League challengers. 

Leicester twice had to come from behind to hold Manchester United 2-2 at the King Power 

Bruno Fernandes starred once more as United continued a strong run of form in the top-flight

Kasper Schmeichel – 7

Did not have much to do until a brilliant save denied Rashford on the hour. Good decision making throughout.

James Justin – 6

Good passes when in possession and his pace was important as he tried to deal with Rashford.

Wesley Fofana – 6

Youngster’s pace was vital in handling United’s pacy counter attacks but caught out of position once or twice.

Wesley Fofana has been a super addition this season and had another solid game at the back

Jonny Evans – 5

Needlessly gave away a throw for the opener and his lack of pace was exposed occasionally.

Timothy Castagne – 6

Got forward well and linked neatly with Barnes while having to cope with the pace of James.

Wilfred Ndidi – 8

Won the ball from Fernandes for the equaliser, typical of the tireless work and closing down he did.

Wilfred Ndidi impressed, regaining possession for Leicester to secure a point at the end 

Youri Tielemans – 7

Couple of brilliantly-timed interceptions broke up attacks and ran the show for the first hour, in partnership with Ndidi.

Marc Albrighton – 5

Grafted up and down the line, delivered a couple of good crosses without ever finding the killer pass.

James Maddison – 6

Few chances, his best look from a free-kick was blocked by the wall, and booked for a cynical foul on Fernandes.

Harvey Barnes – 7

United’s defensive game plan was about keeping him quiet but they could not deny him a brilliant equaliser.

Harvey Barnes levelled for the Foxes in the first-half with a superb strike in the 31st minute 

Jamie Vardy – 7

Amazing work rate, often dropping deep, but didn’t have a look at goal until his brilliant movement for his late equaliser.

Subs: 

Ayoze Perez for Albrighton 80

Subs (not used): Ward, Iheanacho, Amartey, Choudhury, Mendy, Praet, Fuchs, Thomas.

Manchester United 4-2-3-1

David de Gea – 5

Escaped a nervy early pass that could have let the Foxes in and then slow to react for Barnes’s equaliser.

Victor Lindelof – 5

Pushed into right-back as part of the plan to cope with Barnes which did not work out too well. Replaced with a back injury.

Victor Lindelof struggled to cope with Leicester’s pace in attack before coming off injured 

Eric Bailly – 6

Solid enough but should have done more to rush out to Barnes for his goal and caught out by Vardy on City’s second.

Harry Maguire – 7

Enjoyed his return to Leicester with his aerial dominance and almost scored with a towering set-piece header.

Luke Shaw – 7

Excellent contribution at both ends of the field with accurate use of the ball and some critical defending.

Scott McTominay – 6

Slow to close down Barnes for his goal but enjoyed a better second half after Pogba came on to add his presence to midfield.

Scott McTominay has become a key man for United but needed to do better in the first-half

Fred – 5

Did a lot of the dirty work in midfield but poor in possession and gave away a dangerous free-kick by blasting the ball at Bailly’s arm.

Dan James – 6

Started the move for the opener and his pacy running was impressive. Logical man to make way for Pogba early in second half though.

Bruno Fernandes – 9

Had a hand in first three goals but made up for his mistake in the Foxes’ equaliser with a brilliant finish for United’s second.

Marcus Rashford – 7

Missed a first minute sitter but kept his cool when presented with another opening later in the half.

Marcus Rashford opened the scoring after the striker missed an easy chance early in the match

Anthony Martial – 5

Quiet game although finished brilliantly just after the hour when played clean through only for VAR to confirm an obvious offside.

Subs:

Paul Pogba for James 53 – 7

Axel Tuanzebe for Lindelof 65 – 6

Edinson Cavani for Martial 75 – 7

Subs (not used): Greenwood, Lingard, Henderson, Telles, Matic, van de Beek

Referee: Mike Dean 7  




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