Leicester City had another bad result in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon, when they went down 1-0 to Manchester United at the King Power Stadium, but their fans did find one positive as they reacted to the loss on social media.
The Foxes fell behind in the match fairly early on, when a sloppy piece of play by Ricardo Pereira was pounced upon, and the Red Devils took full advantage as Paul Pogba fed Marcus Rashford to score what ended up being the only goal of the game.
To be fair to Leicester, they had a bit of a go in the second half, with David de Gea being forced into a number of saves as the match wore on, but you never truly thought they were going to get onto level terms.
Given that they drew with Liverpool in midweek, Foxes fans will have been optimistic of getting a result against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men, but despite their failure to do so, they were able to find a positive out of a tough afternoon.
Harvey Barnes started the match, his third appearance for Leicester since returning from a loan spell at West Bromwich Albion last month, and he looked the part for Claude Puel’s men.
The England under-21 international is seen as a big prospect at the King Power Stadium, and he tried his best to take the game to United, but ultimately couldn’t find a way to get the Foxes back into the match.
Leicester fans enjoy watching players who excite them and get them off their seats, and Barnes has the creativity and confidence to do just that, despite his inexperience.
As one of their own, the attacker is already a fans favourite and many of those Foxes supporters took to social media to praise his performance, despite the loss.
Here are some of their messages:
Harvey Barnes looks like he could be an unreal talent for #Leicester definitely one for the future, could be a gem 💎. He looked quality today and not out of place in the Premiership #LCFC #LeicesterCity #Foxes @LCFC #TheRealDeal
— Pezza (@PezzaC90) February 3, 2019
Thought we were unlucky today, Barnes is the real deal. Still don’t know how Mike Dean somehow managed to turn game into an 8 card affair. #lcfc
— Dan Soady (@dan_soady) February 3, 2019
Also, Gray isn’t good enough. He’s had consistent first team football over the last 3 seasons and hasn’t improved, Barnes looks the better player after 3 premier league games. #lcfc
— Mat (@MatN__8) February 3, 2019
#lcfc Maguire noticeably being chatted to and wooed at the end by Solskjaer and Utd players like a future team mate.
Vardy looks isolated but Harvey Barnes gaining in confidence every week.
— JW (@polskimazur1972) February 3, 2019
Thought we deserved something from today. 1 early mistake cost us again. Harvey Barnes man of the match. And it was the same old story with Mike Dean… #LCFC
— Amie Wilson ⚽ (@AWils1884) February 3, 2019
Only positive from today’s game was Barnes. Knowing Puel he will drop him for spurs & play 3 CDMs again. #lcfc
— Marky Mark (@mnorman1985) February 3, 2019
Thought we were unlucky today, played well and deserved something. Silly mistake cost us. We are crying out for a creative midfielder though. Impressed with Barnes again would start him over Gray who yet again flatters to deceive #LCFC
— Julian Frattaroli (@julesfratt) February 3, 2019
Harvey Barnes will be some player for us in time, far more instinct and intelligence than our other wide players. #LCFC
— Chris Bennett (@Chris89Bennett) February 3, 2019
Harvey Barnes puts Demari Gray to shame, attitude, commitment, and ability.
Decent offer for Gray in the summer let him go, Barnes was excellent today. #lcfc
— Johnny Buckley (@Johnny_Buckley) February 3, 2019
On the plus side, I thought Barnes looked good in and around the box. Willing to take people on and found some nice passes. #lcfc
— Darren Clark (@lanlier) February 3, 2019