Manchester United defender Guillermo Valera scored a tremendous goal against Leicester last night to earn the U21’s a 1-1 draw.
Nicolas Berg reported on the match for us –
Reigning U21 champions took on Leicester on Monday night, in what really wasn’t the greatest display of football the world has ever seen. Despite 26 goals for Leicester in their seven pre-season games, this one never really took off.
United couldve had a huge chance already after three mins, when James Weir had a chance to run at the keeper, but Joe Dodoo of Leicester intercepted his run after a sloppy first touch and the opportunity faded away.
Liam Grimshaw was struggling after eight minutes, giving away possession and subsequently giving away a free-kick in a dangerous position. The former United man Tom Lawrence tried to curl it into the bottom far corner, but Pereira wasn’t really challenged. This was just a statement of how United were about to struggle, and during the opening half an hour the ball was barely at the Foxes’ half.
Fifteen minutes into it, Warren Joyce altered his tactics, leaving the 4-2-3-1 behind and switching to a five-man defence with James Weir at left wing back, Timothy Fosuh-Mensa at centre-back and Liam Grimshaw in midfield. This resulted in some sort of a 5-1-2-1-1 with Grimshaw as the holding midfielder. This didn’t immediately pay off, although it yielded some possession in the wake of the goal – which came completely out of nothing.
Donald Love was extremely lucky to evade the booking just like Leonardo Ulloua evaded his sliding tackle after 21 minutes. Unfortunately, the problems mounted up for United, as Ashley Fletcher towered the ball into his own net on the subsequent set-piece.
Dodoo could’ve even doubled Leicester’s lead only a matter of seconds later when he drifted in between Love and Fosuh-Mensah before pulling the trigger, but Pereira was up for the challenge to deny him.
Varela in the limelight
Despite 8-1 in attempts on goal after 30 mins, the former Real Madrid Castilla player Guillermo Varela displayed some of the class making Madrid wanting him to represent their reserve side. From an indangerous position, he brought a high ball down, dribbled past the entire Foxes defence and effectively passed it into the left corner, to take United level. Undeservedly, would a neutral say.
United signed Matteo Darmian this summer but Valera provided a timely reminder of what made him highly rated at Real last season.