Leicester boss Pearson ‘surprised’ by shock Man United victory

first_imgLeicester City boss Nigel Pearson admitted even he did not expect his side to come from 3-1 down to beat Manchester United 5-3 at the KP Stadium.A quickfire double from Robin van Persie and Angel di Maria put the visitors in control, before Leonardo Ulloa’s header cut the deficit.But when Ander Herrera made it 3-1 on 57 minutes, the Foxes looked dead on their feet and few gave them much hope of turning the match around.However, what followed next summed up the magic that is the Premier League as the hosts scored four unanswered goals, two from penalties, to shock Manchester United.And a thrilled Pearson said after the game: “To start with it’s a fantastic three points. In our three home games so far this season against good opponents, we’ve been behind in all of them and managed to get something out of it.“Today to go 2-0 down and then 3-1 down and to go on and win it is testament firstly to the desire and resilience of the players. We do have some quality in our ranks. I’m really pleased for the players today because it will be a result which all of us are a little bit surprised with and that includes all of us involved here.“It really does show we have the capability to perform, but the challenge is to sustain it throughout the season. There’s been a lot said about our start on paper and we’ve done pretty well so far. We now need to make sure we can reproduce performances of quality and character at any stage of the season.“Ultimately, the players have gone out there and produced a performance. If we had got a draw from 3-1 today I would have been delighted.”Much of the post-match attention will be on United’s bizarre capitulation from such a strong position, but Pearson is convinced his counterpart, Louis van Gaal will get things right at Old Trafford.Asked if the 20-time Premier League champions had lost their mystique, the Leicester boss said: “No, they never will. They’ve got a manager there now who has got tremendously thick skin, he’s got rhino skin.“Whatever criticism comes his and Manchester United’s way, he’s capable of dealing with it because he’s been a success at both international and big club level. He has a clear vision of what he wants from his side.“Regardless of whether you manage Manchester United or any other club, managers need time to shape a side. I can speak from experience because the side I have now I’m happy with because it’s a team I, along with the staff, have put together.“When you inherit a squad you have to manage players you wouldn’t necessarily choose to have. In that interim period it’s about getting the best out of those players in whichever formation or system you choose to operate.”last_img read more