Manchester United will look to continue their charge for the top four under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday evening as they take on Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.
The Red Devils’ winning run was brought to an end in midweek against Burnley so they will be hoping to get back on track against the Foxes. Meanwhile, Claude Puel’s men picked up a positive point at Anfield on Wednesday evening – a result they will be hoping to follow up against United.
On paper, the East-Midlanders head into this game in relatively poor form having only claimed one win in their last six games in all competitions. Their only win in 2019 so far came on the very first day of the year as they ran out 1-0 victors at Goodison Park against Everton. As a matter of fact, they have not taken maximum points at home since their win over Manchester City. Having fallen to defeat in their last two home matches, they have really gone off the boil at the King Power Stadium. The Foxes have not lost three consecutive matches on home soil since December 2014.
Therefore, it goes without saying that they will be aiming to get back to winning ways following their morale-boosting 1-1 draw at Anfield in mid-week. One aspect that will give them confidence heading into the game is their recent positive record over the stereotypical ‘big’ clubs in the Premier League. They have managed to beat the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton, whilst also claiming that aforementioned draw against Liverpool.
The Foxes could welcome new signing Youri Tielemans into the team after he signed on-loan from AS Monaco. However, fellow midfielder Adrien Silva is not available after he went in the opposite direction on a temporary deal. Andy King also left the club as he joined Derby County on-loan. The only injury worry that Claude Puel has to deal with is Daniel Amartey, who remains out with a long-term problem.
Despite their draw with Burnley at Old Trafford, the Red Devils have to be praised for their character having come from two goals down with late strikes from Paul Pogba and Victor Lindelof. The point against the Clarets made it nine games undefeated for United, a run that they have not matched since the start of last season. Their defence since the departure of Jose Mourinho has also been much improved. In those nine matches, United have only conceded seven goals. Within that time, they also managed to rack up an impressive 3-1 win over Arsenal in the FA Cup.
Now sitting in sixth position in the Premier League, Solskjaer’s men are now only two points behind fourth-placed Arsenal so could potentially finish the weekend in the Champions League spots. One further aspect that could worry Leicester is the Red Devils’ form away from Old Trafford. United have won their last four games in all competitions. They have not won five consecutive away matches since 2012.
Key players Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial could return to action after suffering from slight knocks. Marcos Rojo, however, remains ruled out. Marouane Fellaini cannot be called upon after his departure to Shandong Luneng Taishan FC was confirmed on Friday.
Key Facts To Consider
- Manchester United have the far better record between the two teams (W65, D29, L33)
- The Red Devils won the previous clash 2-1 between the two teams on the opening day of the season
- The Foxes have only won once against Manchester United in the last 20 years
- Both teams have scored in over 60% of all games between the two sides
- Jamie Vardy has had a hand in nine goals in his last nine appearances against the Red Devils (five goals, four assists)
This match would probably be one that Solskjaer has earmarked for the Red Devils once again to gain maximum points, and considering the team’s recent form away from Old Trafford, they could potentially be a good bet. However, Leicester have troubled the top six under Claude Puel so they could potentially pose a huge threat. Nevertheless, United should have enough to win.
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