Verdict: Away win
Manchester United are on a mission to spoil Leicester City’s title celebration and at the same time extend their own bid of clinching the top four spot and earning the right to participate in next season’s edition of the UEFA Champions League.
With a place in the Premier League’s top four still very much a possibility for Louis van Gaal’s men, the Sunday’s encounter with Leicester City is of huge importance for both clubs. Manchester United currently sit five points adrift of Manchester City and Arsenal in the standings, but with a game in hand and firm belief they will be able to make it to the Champions League berth in the end. Red Devils head into the Sunday showdown in high spirits following their FA Cup semi-final win over Everton at Wembley last Sunday. United are currently enjoying an improved run of form which saw them nail four consecutive wins across competitions. The club’s first FA Cup final since 2007 is bound to have a huge impact on the team’s chances of recording a win against title chasers, but Van Gaal is going to need more than good atmosphere if he is to dispatch the title chasers who will lack no motivation on their part either. The Dutch manager will be glad to see team’s captain Wayne Rooney hit the turf in style as England international was one of the most outstanding players in the win over Everton and is expected to go from strength to strength following his injury layoff.
Bastian Scweinsteinger, Luke Shaw and Will Keane continue to miss out due to their respective injuries.
Adnan Januzaj has also been sidelined with injury, while Andreas Pereira will hope for a recall to the first team.
Undeterred in their quest for the Premier League titles, the Foxes have done a great job in proving their doubters wrong last time out as the team’s chances at Swansea were questioned with Jamie Vardy being out of action due to suspension. Claudio Ranieri’s team, however, made another sparkling performance with Leonadro Ulloa stepping up to the plate to deliver a fine performance and be a worthy replacement for the Foxes’ top scorer. His brace inspired Leicester to another victory at the same time bringing the club on the cusp of historic success. Claudio Ranieri’s men are just 90 minutes away from the Premier League title as the three points at Old Trafford would make them the champions of England. There is no doubt that Leicester will be eager to get the job done on Sunday already, and despite Manchester United’s improved form there is a sense of firm belief and hope that Foxes are up for the challenge. Jamie Vardy will once again be out of action, but the team will be led by the PFA Prayer of the Year Riyad Mahrez who will be eager to lead his team to success. Winning the Premier League title at Old Trafford and earning their right for the guard of honour at Stamford Bridge would be a symbolic endingof the seasonfor former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri.
Jamie Vardy’s deputy Leonardo Ulloa has picked up a knock against Swansea and Leicester’s double scorer from the match will be a doubt for the Sunday game.
Having scored a goal against Swansea, Mark Albrighton is ready to take Jeffrey Schlupp’s place and should return to the first team after starting the last match from the bench.
Key Factors to Consider
- Leicester City need 3 points to be crowned Premier League champions
- Foxes have lost just one of their last 13 matches in the league
- Ranieri’s men head to Old Trafford on the back of three consecutive away wins
- Man Utd are unbeaten at home since January
- Red Devils conceded only 2 goals in their last 6 home matches
Manchester United will give it all to prevent Leicester from claiming the title at their ground, but Foxes do deserve a fairy tale ending to their impressive adventure and we firmly believe they have enough power in them to record another stunning result.
Verdict: Away win