Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri was less than pleased with the way his team defended on set pieces in the 4-1 loss to Manchester United on Saturday at Old Trafford.
Three of United’s goals came on corner kicks, with Chris Smalling, Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba finding the back of the net in the first half. The only goal from open play was Juan Mata’s goal that made it 2-0.
“It’s very strange because the first 20 minutes we started well, moved the ball quickly and put them under pressure,” Ranieri told the club’s official website.
“Suddenly then we conceded a goal with a corner and that’s strange because we’re strong on the corner.
“Today we conceded three goals from corners. It’s strange too because we switched off. We lost our confidence and strength. We started to try to do something but alone, not as a team. Now I want to speak with the players to understand what happened.”
Ranieri subbed off stars Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy at halftime, and switched from a 4-4-2 formation to a 4-3-3. Demarai Gray scored a consolation goal for the Foxes in the 59th minute.
“We changed system and the shape. I wanted to preserve [Jamie] Vardy and [Riyad] Mahrez for the next match, Tuesday against Porto for the Champions League.
“Also I wanted to test 4-3-3. We made a very good second half and we scored a goal, a great goal from Demarai Gray.”