Manchester United will look to delay champions elect Manchester City celebrations once again as we host Leicester City to Old Trafford on Tuesday evening. The match kicks off at 18:00PM BST. The game can be watched live in the UK on BT Sport 1 with coverage starting at 17:30 PM.
As the Red Devils have done on many occasions this season, we had to come back from behind again on Sunday afternoon as we sealed a 3-1 victory against Aston Villa. Bertrand Traore rifled in the opener for the visitors which could have handed the Premier League title to our rivals.
United was not going to give up their incredible away record without a fight. Bruno Fernandes slotted home a penalty. This was after Paul Pogba was fouled by Ezri Konsa inside the six-yar box. It was Bruno’s 25th Premier League goal in 48 games. Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani put United ahead to complete the comeback.
It still remains a mathematical possibility to overcome Man City. However, United is ten points behind our neighbours with four league games left to play. Defeat against Leicester would see City become champions once again.
Top Four place secured
If United do get past the Foxes on Tuesday evening, it would be our 15th league game without a defeat. The Red Devils have secured a top-four place as West Ham lost to Everton meaning we can finish no lower than fourth.
We welcome Leicester City to the Theatre of Dreams having won the last six of seven Premier League games. However, with three games in five days it could potentially end the good run of form we have been on with us playing Liverpool 48 hours after this game.
Manchester United Team News
For United, we find ourselves concerned over the fitness of captain Harry Maguire. He limped out with a suspected ankle injury against Aston Villa. He joins Daniel James, Anthony Martial, and Phil Jones on the injury list. With the turnaround in fixtures, Ole will look to rotate his squad.
If Maguire does not feature, then Eric Bailly will step to fill the void in the centre of the defence. Whilst Alex Telles, Nemanja Matic and maybe even Donny van de Beek who have not featured recently could be in line some game time.
Manchester United’s Predicted Lineup
Henderson; Tuanzebe, Lindelof, Bailly, Telles; Matic, McTominay, Van de Beek; Mata; Greenwood, and Cavani.
For Leicester City fans, it might be the case of events of the 2019/20 season repeating itself where they collapsed and ultimately failed in their pursuit of a top-four finish. They were outclassed by Newcastle United on Friday night who were looking to secure their top-fight status.
The Magpies had got into a four goal lead thanks to goals from Joe Willock, Paul Dummett and a brace from Callum Wilson. Marc Albrighton and Kelechi Iheanacho got two goals back for the home side but came up short. It was Leicester’s third defeat in six games which put a dent in their hopes to secure a top-four place in the league.
Manager Brendan Rodgers would have breathed sigh of relief when fellow rivals for the top four West Ham lost to Everton. It is still very much in Leicester’s hands as they have a five point gap over the Hammers.
They arrive at Old Trafford having only lost one of their last 12 league games. The reverse fixture saw United and Leicester play out an entertaining 2-2 draw. The Foxes have failed to win at Old Trafford since being promoted back into the Premier league in 2014 – losing five and drawing one.
Leicester City Team News
Manager Brendan Rodgers may decide to rotate his squad with one eye on the FA Cup final against Chelsea at the weekend in mind. He has admitted he needs to manage James Maddison and Ricardo Pereira as they have just recently returned from injury.
If Pereira is rested, then Timothy Castagne will step in to fill the role at right back. James Justin, Wes Morgan, Harvey Barnes, and Jonny Evans will miss the game at Old Trafford through injury. Ayoze Perez could play in behind Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho.
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- Manchester United is unbeaten in 12 Premier League meetings since losing 5-3 at the King Power Stadium in September 2014 (W8, D4). (source: BBC Sport).
- Manchester United is aiming to win five Premier League home game in a row for the first time since March 2018 under Jose Mourinho. (source: BBC Sport).
- The Red Devils have won all three of their league games on a Tuesday this season, scoring 11 goals without reply. (source: BBC Sport).
- Marcus Rashford has scored five Premier League goals against Leicester, more than against any other side. (source: BBC Sport).
A host of changes for United is expected for the Leicester game. Ole will looks to manage the squad carefully through this busy week of fixtures. We have plenty of depth in our squad that should see us overcome the Foxes.
Manchester United 1-0 Leicester City