Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger was left frustrated by the goal his side conceded to Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, during their 1-1 draw.
Vardy was aiming to become the first player in Premier League history to score in 11 consecutive games, breaking a record held by former Man United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy for over a decade. It took the 28-year-old less than half an hour to score a trademark counter-attacking goal, one that could have been easily avoided.
Schweinsteiger revealed that the team were aware of the sort of goal Vardy likes to score and would have been left disappointed to concede in typical fashion. Vardy made a diagonal run in behind Matteo Darmian before calmly slotting past David De Gea, leaving United with an uphill battle if they wanted to finish the weekend top of the league.
“We know the runs that Jamie Vardy tries, so that goal means we’re not happy,” Schweinsteiger told reporters.
“It came from our own corner, and our defence wasn’t good. It’s very disappointing that we conceded that type of goal.”
The 31-year-old rescued a point for the Reds, scoring a header from a beautifully delivered Daley Blind corner on the stroke of half-time. It was a crucial strike and kept United unbeaten for the month of November.
The former Bayern Munich man added: “The timing of my goal was good, just a minute before half-time. But we are disappointed that we didn’t win – we had some chances to score a second. But it’s not been easy to play against Leicester this season.”
United will be disappointed to come away with just a point, having dominated possession, especially in the second half. Despite not creating many chances for themselves, the Reds held onto the ball wall and will definitely be frustrated with the goal they conceded.
Louis van Gaal‘s men will now have to regroup and have a full week’s rest before they welcome West Ham United to Old Trafford. United have been difficult to beat in recent weeks but will want to improve at the other end of the pitch and give the Stretford End something to shout about with an entertaining performance against the Hammers.