Paul Pogba felt Manchester United deserved their 4-2 loss to Leicester City and claimed the Red Devils have a long-standing ‘problem’ they need to resolve in terms of performance.
United’s record in the English football league of 29 consecutive away games unbeaten ended at King Power Stadium, where they conceded four times in a Premier League game on the road for the first time since April 2019 in Everton.
Mason Greenwood’s spectacular first game was called off by Youri Tielemans, and Caglar Soyuncu gave Leicester the lead with 12 minutes remaining.
In a frenzied final, Marcus Rashford equalized in his first appearance of the season only for Jamie Vardy to make it 3-2 just 54 seconds later, with the Foxes regaining their advantage from kick-off.
Patson Daka placed fourth in added time as Leicester clinched three straight wins against United in all competitions for the first time in 120 years.
With four losses and just two wins in their previous seven games this season, United are in worrying form ahead of a series of games that include games against Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal, as well as League clashes. champions with Atalanta and Villarréal.
Pogba fears that such results will only continue if something changes.
“To be honest, you know, we’ve been having these kinds of games for a long time and we haven’t found the problem,” he said after the game.
“We have to find the problem. To concede goals, easy goals, stupid goals, when you know the games you play on this pitch [are ones where] the fans will push, put the pressure on us.
“We have to be more mature, I think. We have to play with more experience, with arrogance, in a good way. We have to take the ball and play our football.
“Now we have to find the key to this change and this game. I think we deserved to lose today.
“We have to find something, we have to change something. I don’t know if the state of mind of all of us, the players, when we start… we really don’t know. It’s frustrating because it is something we don’t know. I don’t understand and we have to find this very quickly because if you want to compete and win the title you have to win these matches even though they are very difficult and we play away .
“You have to fight their game, you have to find the right mentality, the right tactics to win these games. That’s my thought. We have time to think about it and then all together we have to stay together and find the problem. “
Midfielder Nemanja Matic admitted the team felt particularly downhearted, but the performance promised would improve.
“Of course we are disappointed. Everyone is sad, everyone has their heads down a little bit right now,” he told MUTV.
“But we have to stay together. It’s time to stick together, analyze this game as soon as possible, and then think about the next one in three, four days against a very good team at Atalanta.
“We are very disappointed but in the future I think we will show that we are much better than that.”