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Manchester United v Leicester City: preview and possible line-ups

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Manchester United v Leicester City: preview and possible line-ups

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Harry Maguire faces former club Leicester City as Manchester United aim to regain winning form following the international break.

TEAM NEWS

 

Manchester United 

United have lost momentum since steamrolling Chelsea on the opening weekend of the season. Away draws at Wolves and Southampton would normally be palatable, but not either side of a negligent 2-1 home loss to Crystal Palace. Imminently returning to winning ways appears particularly important with the club's Europa League campaign to commence against Astana next week. Harry Maguire will be tasked with stopping his former team-mate and delivering a clean sheet that would steady Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side following a three-game winless streak. The meeting with Leicester, whose squad seems more balanced and energised, will serve as a useful indicator of whether the current crop of players are indeed capable of improving on their sixth-place finish last season.

Leicester City 

 

Brendan Rodgers' men are unbeaten and seemingly ready to rattle Manchester United when the Premier League resumes on Saturday.  Rodgers took over at King Power Stadium two days after Claude Puel's dismissal in February 2019 and is proving an inspired choice as manager. Four games into the new season, Leicester have eight points on the board and sit third. Their Old Trafford record might be poor but a strong start to the new season and an in-form Jamie Vardy make the Foxes a fearsome prospect.  Avoiding defeat at Old Trafford would not just underscore their credentials as top-four contenders, it would be the second time the Foxes have gone unbeaten in their opening five fixtures since doing so in 2000-01.

Manager's thoughts

 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 

On Harry Maguire: "He's been brilliant. I think he's come into the dressing room, been a leader, he's also obviously a leader on the pitch, you can see that."

“Leicester is always a tough game. There's a team, a club wanting to push into the top four I'm sure. They've got good players, a very good manager that's a proven top manager. Brendan's teams always play good football and we know we've got to play well to deserve the three points.”

On Daniel James: "He's got that X factor with his pace in and around the box so he'll always create chances. He's been practising left foot, right foot, crossing and finishing, so he'll score more goals, too."

Brendan Rodgers 

"It’s always a difficult place to go, I’ve been there with a few teams and won and lost."

“They will always have quality, maybe some of the results that they’ve had says otherwise. It’s still a difficult place and you have to go and earn your right to win there. “We’re very keen to go there and put on a good performance that can get us a good result.”

On Harry Maguire:  “I text him now and wish him the best when he plays with England,” Rodgers said. “He was a remarkable guy and a fantastic player. His behaviour typified him as a man. It was so difficult for him. Right the way through, his behaviour was exemplary. He’s a good guy and you can see he’s made them better.”

 

 FORM GUIDE

 

 

POSSIBLE LINE-UPS 

 

Manchester United

De Gea; Young, Maguire, Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka; McTominay, Pogba, A. Pereira; James, Martial, Rashford

Leicester City 

Schmeichel; R. Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell; Ndidi, Maddison, Tielemans, Albrighton, Gray; Vardy
 

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