Losing Manchester United to Leicester City was a disappointment but not the end of the world.

Qualifying for the Champions League is already over and while there have been a handful of disappointing results, there have also been many positive results.

United are still in second place in the Premier League table and can strengthen that position with a win on Thursday night.

While losing a game is never good, there were some positives to a stress-free night at Old Trafford …

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Amad and Elanga playtime

Anthony Elanga was the 14th Manchester United Academy player to make his debut under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Elanga and Amad both started and the Ivorian set up the United goal.

Both players should have more chances against Fulham or Wolves next week. It was so important to give both players the opportunity to play in that dead rubber of a game, and they’ll be better off each other.

Solskjaer praised the couple, telling the club website, “Young Amad did really well. Anthony [Elanga] was full of enthusiasm and determination, lagging behind and doing good defensive work. “

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Greenwood shows its quality

Teenage star Mason Greenwood was the oldest of United’s top three at 19 and started his third game in five days.

Greenwood started in a central role and scored United’s goal, his 12th goal of the season.

Amad set his goal, and notably, it was the first time since 2006 that two teenagers have teamed up in a Premier League strike.

Solskjaer loved Greenwood and commented, “Mason [Greenwood] again he looked like a seasoned professional out there. He’s only 19 but the way he played tonight was very, very good. He was fantastic when he led the line. “

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Need for reinforcements highlighted

This wasn’t the vintage, controlled display United wanted. United lost the midfield match and Nemanja Matic put in a strong performance in the second half. Donny van de Beek and Juan Mata were both disappointed.

The game highlighted why Solskjaer was so reluctant to change his more regular starters during the season. And while this has had a detrimental effect on some of the fringe players, they haven’t put together a compelling case against Leicester.

Solskjaer seemed to recognize this after the game and underlined that he wants more reinforcements in the coming transfer window.

The United boss said: “We want to take the next step and we may need a few more to have a stronger squad.”

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Axel and Eric are recovering from a bad start

Defensively, United made a mistake to score a soft but superbly hit opening goal that left the players out of position. But after the mistake in the 10th minute, United’s center-backs have calmed down.

Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho are a dangerous hitting force, and Axel Tuanzebe and Eric Bailly have handled their threat well and given no real opportunities.

Tuanzebe, who made his first start since January, made more clearances (4) than any other United player and never fouled, which has been one of the weak points of his game this season.

With Harry Maguire injured, both players have a chance to play in the Europa League final and they should be pleased with how they got through the Leicester Test despite the bad start, with neither player responsible for Caglar Soyuncu’s set piece winner .


Liverpool closer to the Europa League

If United lost one game this week, it might as well have been this one.

Leicester’s win stops their loss of form and now the Premier League top four are looking pretty good between City, United, Chelsea and Leicester.

With that, rivals Liverpool can get to grips with Europa League football this season and United can attest to that by beating them Thursday night.

Liverpool fans were shocked by the necessary twisted team selection from United, softening the blow of actually losing them.

Throwing them into the Europa League will hurt their title chances next season and have a negative impact on the transfer market.

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