MATCH PREVIEW: MANCHESTER UNITED VS LEICESTER CITY
After successive 4-0 victories over West Ham and Swansea, Jose Mourinho’s men are expecting something of same category when they welcome high flying Leicester City at the Theatre of Dreams, Old Trafford. Leicester, on their part, are also on the winning run after defeating Brighton & Hove albion last week in the league and Shieffield United in the Carabao Cup competition. They are looking to overturn their stale record against the Red devils.
Stadium: Old Trafford
Time: 10:00 PM (IST), 5:30 PM (BST)
Date: 26th August, 2017
Broadcast: Star Sports Select 1,Sky Sports,BT Sports
Jose Mourinho is well aware of the suprise that Leicester carry with them and has constructed his team likewise. The game which can see Anthony Martial placed in the starting line-up instead of Marcus Rashford. Martial rapped up two goals and an assist coming on as a substitute in the last two fixtures. That made Jose to think twice and he placed him on the opening berth leaving Rashford, whose finish was less than imaccurate in last two fixtures. New summer addition, Romelu Lukaku has contributed superbly infront of goal. The former Everton player bagged three goals in two game to set United for a flying start. He will be giving those nightmares to Leicester’s defense. Another Classy introduction in the form of Nemanja Matic has helped to strengthen the midfield. For him Paul Pogba has regain his lost charm of going forward. Last night, he was awarded with ‘Europa League Best Player’ award so he will be on the verge to bring out his creativity against the ambitious Foxes. Jose’s focus will ,however, be on filling up the vacancy in the defense that was creating danger in the Swansea game though it remained stable for most of the time. Leicester’s attacking trio Jamie Vardy, Okazaki, Riyad Mahrez will surely capitalize on those mistakes.
The Foxes are confident after beating Sheffield United 4-1 at the Carabao Cup and look to do the same. Craig Shakespeare is aware of the fact that how strong United are on the frontline as well as in the defense. In the last two games, Eric Baily and Phil Jones,the two center-backs, played a descent enough game. That could turn to be a headache for the 2016 champions. In his quote,”It will be a massive challenge but we look forward to it. We have had a couple of good results recently and we need to take confidence into that game, but we know what stands before us.”
Manchester United have some good news in center as they re-signed the great Swedish Zlatan Ibrahimovic and tagged him with an one-year contract. He will not feature until Christmas as he continues his recovery from ligament injury. Red devils have been boosted by the injury comeback news of Ashley Young and Luke Shaw. But they will not feature on Saturday as they will be playing Tottenham Hotspurs in the U23 level. Argentanian defender Marcos Rojo is back from knee injury and returns to full training.
Leicester have no injury concerns as striker Jamie Vardy and captain Wes Morgan returns to starting 11. Both were nursuing minor injuries which they suffered in midweek Shieffield game. Danny Drinkwater (thigh) and Papy Mendy (ankle) resumed full training while Kelechi Iheanacho is available to feature today. Vicent Iborra is out till September
This fixture had came out with many stories before hand with Leicester playing the sad part mainly. The Foxes have only registered two wins against Man United in their 22 outings. Their only victory at Old Trafford came way back in 1998.
Leicester City have scored in 14 of 15 premier league game under Craig Shakespeare with Jamie Vardy scoring in 8 of them.
Sarcasstically, Manchester United have never won three consecutive game with a 4-
margin since october 1907.
Romelu Lukaku can be the first United player to score in each of the opening three games.
Probable Line up:
Manchester United: De Gea(GK), Blind, Baily, Jones, Valencia, Matic, Pogba, Martial, Mkhitariyan, Mata, Lukaku.
Leicester City: Schmiechel(GK), Simpson, Maguire, Morgan, Fuchs, Drinkwater, Mendy, Albrighton, Mahrez, Okazaki, Vardy