Mike Stowell and Craig Shakespeare

Shakespeare Frustrated At Late Goals

Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare said Manchester United’s ability to make the most of the ‘big moments’ at Old Trafford was key after his side fell to a 2-0 Premeir League defeat.
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- Leicester City beaten 2-0 by Manchester United in the Premier League at Old Trafford
- Late goals from Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini seal the win for the hosts
- Kapser Schmeichel produced an excellent penalty save from Romelu Lukaku
- The manager felt his side had done a good job of frustrating United up to the opening goal

The Foxes defended brilliantly for 70 minutes against a Manchester United side who dominated possession of the ball, and even saw Kasper Schmeichel deny Romelu Lukaku from the penalty spot after a handball was given against Danny Simpson.

However Marcus Rashford connected with a corner to volley the hosts ahead on 72 minutes before Jesse Lingard’s shot took a fortunate deflection off Marouane Fellaini to double that lead with just eight minutes remaining.

Afterwards, Shakespeare revealed that he was pleased with how resolute his side were up until the opening goal and that they will continue to work on defending from set plays.

“We knew we’d have to frustrating coming here,” he said. “For large parts of the game I thought we did that and did it really well. Of course we needed to do a bit better with the ball at times but I felt for large chucks of the game to 70 or 75 minutes, we did.

“We frustrated and restricted them. We knew they’d have moments. Then they managed to capitalise on the big moments.

“[For the first goal] It’s a set play and we need to be mindful that it doesn’t become an Achilles heel for us. We spoke about it after the Arsenal game and we’ve worked on it but of course we have to put it into action on the pitch.”

The Foxes made a double change with the addition of Andy King and Demarai Gray in the second half as they switched from 4-4-2 to 4-5-1 – a formation that got both Gray and Riyad Mahrez into some promising positions, though neither could force a breakthrough.

Shakespeare added: “I needed an extra midfield player in there because I thought they were getting into little pockets. The idea was just to give us a bit of extra protection in there in midfield and also when we had possession of the ball with Demarai Gray, it became a 4-3-3.

“It was a question of us carrying the ball a bit further and being progressive with Demarai, Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy as a three-pronged attack. We got both wingers in some good areas but we couldn’t quite capitalise on them.”

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