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Leicester City vs Manchester United – Premier League Preview

Leicester City vs Manchester United - Match Preview
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Manchester United will return to Premier League action this Saturday afternoon as we head to the King Power Stadium to take on Leicester City. The match kicks off at 15:00PM BST. The game is not being broadcasted live on television in the UK.

The Red Devils lie fourth in the league table with 14 points from the opening seven league games. We come into this game after a 1-1 draw against Everton before the international break. Anthony Martial had given us the lead just before halftime, but Andros Townsend equalised for our opponents. They could have taken all three points from us but VAR ruled out their winner for offside.

Manchester United could only draw against Everton in our last Premier League game
Manchester United could only draw against Everton in our last Premier League game. Image credit: Andrew Wall

We have only picked up one point from our last two league games, having lost to Aston Villa back on September 25th at Old Trafford. So far our record in the league has seen us with four wins, two draws, and one defeat meaning we have 14 points to leave us in fourth place. 

Speculation from the media suggests that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s job is under threat, however, United is only two points behind league leaders, Chelsea, as we come into this round of Premier League fixtures.

United still has a lot to do in the Champions League group stages after beating Villarreal 2-1 at the end of September after suffering defeat in our opening game against Young Boys. We have a tricky run of fixtures ahead of us as we face Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, and Man City in the league with two games against Atalanta in Europe’s elite competition in between.

We have only lost one of our last 15 league matches away to Leicester City, achieving nine wins. The Red Devils have the longest unbeaten league away record since January 2020, which stands currently at 29 games.

Make sure to catch our tactical preview of the game in the link above.

Manchester United Team News

For United, Marcus Rashford is set to be in the squad having returned to full team training following his shoulder operation. Amad Diallo has a chance to be involved after recovering from his thigh injury. We will be without Raphael Varane due to a groin problem picked up on international duty. Captain Harry Maguire is unlikely to feature having not returned to training following his calf injury. This will likely see Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly as the central defence partnership.

Fred and Edinson Cavani will not be available either due to international commitments. Paul Pogba is likely to drop back to central midfield alongside Scott McTominay. Jadon Sancho will play on the left with Mason Greenwood on the right. Bruno Fernandes will sit behind Cristiano Ronaldo in our attack.

Marcus Rashford
Marcus Rashford is set to be in the squad to face Leicester City having recovered from his shoulder surgery. Image credit: Getty Images

Manchester United’s Predicted Lineup

De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Lindelof, Shaw; McTominay, Pogba; Greenwood, Fernandes, Sancho; and Ronaldo.

Manchester United's predicted lineup against Leicester City
Manchester United’s predicted lineup against Leicester City

Opposition Preview

Leicester City has had a disappointing start to their Premier League campaign, who will be looking to challenge for a top-four place. It may be the case that this will be achieved, however, in current form it does not look like this will happen. They have won two, drawn two, and lost three in their opening seven league matches meaning they have eight points and lie 13th in the table.

The Foxes suffered back-to-back defeats against Manchester City and Brighton in September. They had to share the points in their last two league games against Crystal Palace and Brighton, both finishing 2-2. 

Leicester City is also competing in the Europa League but has not made the best start in this competition either. They have one point from their first two games having drawn 2-2 against Napoli before losing to Legia Warsaw leaving them bottom of their group.

They will be looking at this match as a way to get their season up and running. The Foxes are unbeaten in their last three games against United in all competitions, with them beating the Red Devils 2-1 back at Old Trafford in May.

Leicester City Team News

For our opponents, they will be without the services of Wesley Fofana, James Justin, and Wilfred Ndidi due to injury. Jonny Evans could return to the squad to give them a much-needed boost in the defence. He had not competed since the international break through illness and injury but he might play against his former club on Saturday.

Kelechi Iheanacho and Jamie Vardy could play as the front two having both scored in the last game against Crystal Palace. Ricardo Pereira and Boubakary Soumare will be pushing to be in the starting eleven.

Form Guide

Manchester United Premier League form: DWWWLD

Manchester United form (all competitions): LWLLWD

Leicester City Premier League form: LWLLDD

Leicester City form (all competitions): DLWDLD

Head to Head Premier League History

Man United wins: 19

Leicester wins: 3

Draws: 8

Prediction

United will want to maintain our incredible unbeaten away record from home by picking up all three points on Saturday. Whilst Leicester City’s form has not been great so far this season, however, they definitely can pose a threat to us. United have been very strong when playing away from Old Trafford in the league and so the squad is more than capable of achieving the victory at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester City 1-3 Manchester United

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Andrew Wall
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