Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Red Face for Lvg! ; Match Analysis Leicester 5 United 3

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Red Face for Lvg! ; Match Analysis Leicester 5 United 3

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LOUIS van Gaal's past revisited him at Leicester as he suf-suf fered a shock turnaround as United collapsed at the King Power Stadium.

The Reds were 2-0 ahead after 16 minutes and then 3-1 in front in the 57th minute before being overturned in sensational fashion as they crumbled and lost 5-3. It was the first time in 853 games in the Premier League that the Reds have blown a two-goal lead to lose.

The United boss said he wasn't in shock after the defeat - but was unhappy the way United threw it away.

"I cannot say that I am happy. In the world of football, these matches happen," he said.

"I have been in this profession as a coach for 25 years and when I was a coach at Barcelona in my first year and we were 3-0 ahead, with 15 minutes to play and we lost 3-4! "It can happen, it is the world of football but it is not good as we have the game in our pocket and gave it away. Not because of Leicester, we gave it away and I don't like that."

Van Gaal's Barca went on to win the title after that shock against Valencia in the Nou Camp in January 1998.

But for the moment that is small comfort to a Reds support reeling from the East Midlands shocker.

"You never expect that when you are 3-1 ahead," admitted van Gaal. "When you are two goals ahead you have to kill the game and keep possession but we could not do that. And then, of course, you gave it away with penalties. You cannot win the game any more.

"I think the fans have seen a fantastic spectacle and we started well and scored fantastic goals. In the second half, we scored another goal but you have to win the game and we didn't do that. We didn't keep possession in the right way.

"We have too many players who want to seek for the goal. Leicester have already showed against Arsenal and Stoke that they can come back and they did it very well.

"Of course, we also we created a lot of chances and made superb goals but a game lasts 90 minutes and you have to do that for 90 minutes and not 60 minutes. You have seen that that was not enough today. …

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