Manchester United’s defeat to Swansea was hard to swallow because of the sheer manner of the loss.
For the majority of the game, United were in complete control but a collapse in the last 30 minutes gave Leicester a famous win and for fans, the fourth goal in particular was shocking, if only for the lack of commitment from the defence.
In the 78th minute, Wayne Rooney showed more grit and determination to get back and defend than anybody. By the time Varney scored, Rooney was the closest to him despite starting his sprint deep into Leicester’s half.
Why was Marcos Rojo that far forward? Why was Tyler Blackett not covering Varney in the middle? Why was Chris Smalling as far up the pitch as Wayne Rooney? The goal was a catalogue of errors from United’s defence.
It was also a testament to Rooney as when others were jogging he was sprinting at full pelt. If United’s defenders had applied the same commitment, there’s a chance the goal could have been avoided.
Earlier this season Blackett revealed how Louis van Gaal made the players watch videos of the previous game to learn from what they did wrong, so the defenders will be getting plenty of time on their iPads this week if only to watch this replay multiple times.