Manchester United vs Leicester – Team News, Line Ups, Tactics, Preview And Prediction

Leicester City will be gunning for glory in their next fixture as they travel to Manchester to face the red section of the city, Manchester United. The Foxes need three points from their remaining fixtures to lift the Premier League trophy for the first time in club’s history.

Manchester United, on the other hand, are still confident of their Champions League qualification and a victory over the league leaders will bring them closer to their dream. United are five points behind Arsenal with a game in hand and the team will be looking to close the gap in the following game.

Van Gaal’s men will be full of confidence as they recently defeated Everton to march on to the finals of the FA cup.

Looking at the clubs’ recent record in the league, Manchester United have won 4 out of their last 6 game and have lost 2. While, Leicester City, in their last 6 games have won 5 and have drawn 1. Leicester’s last premier league defeat was at the Emirates back in February where the side conceded a last-minute goal from the Gunners.

Manchester United and Leicester team news-

Leicester City are in full shape with no major injury worries. But, their star man Jamie Vardy will miss the game as he serves his final game of his two-match suspension.

For Manchester United, the club have number of injury doubts as Adnan Januzaj (hamstring), Bastian Schweinsteiger (knee), Will Keane (groin/pelvis) and Luke Shaw (leg) are set to be ruled out for this crucial game.

Danny Drinkwater and Danny Simpson will return to their former club, but this time, they will have a different intention as they will be having a different crest on the shirt.

Predicted Lineups:

Manchester United-

De Gea

Valencia; Smalling; Blind; Fosu-Mensah

Carrick; Schneiderlin; Rooney

Mata; Rashford; Martial

Leicester-

Schmeichel

Simpson; Huth; Morgan; Fuchs

Mahrez; Drinkwater; Kante; Albrighton

Ulloa; Okazaki

Key Stats-

Leicester have won 22 BPL matches in 2015/16 – their highest ever tally in a top-flight season, overtaking both 1928/29 and 1965/66 (21 wins).

Claudio Ranieri has won only two of his previous nine BPL matches as a manager against Manchester United (W2 D5 L2); these victories coming in December 2001 and November 2003 as Chelsea boss.

Wayne Rooney has currently scored 99 Barclays Premier League goals at Old Trafford – the only player to have scored 100+ on a single ground in the competition is Thierry Henry at Highbury (114).

In their head to head encounters, Manchester United have won 60 games and Leicester have won 33 and both have played 33 draws. In their number of encounters, United have scored 241 goals against the Foxes and Leicester have scored 163 goals against the Devils

United are on a 6- game winning streak against the Foxes at Old Trafford in the premier league.

Foxes have kept 6 clean sheets in their last 7 premier league games.

Tactics-

Jamie Vardy suspension means, Ulloa and Okazaki will lead the lines for the Foxes. They didn’t lack in any department in the last game against the Swans and will be looking forward to replicate the same result against the Red Devils.

Okazaki provides a momentum to the Foxes and Ulloa brings out a more physical approach. Leonardo Ulloa is a great header of the ball and can easily out muscle Daley Blind in many aspects. Smalling will have to charge the Argentine if they tend to silence the Foxes in their attack.

Leicester are praised for their high pressing style and that is one of the main reasons for their success in the premier league. Manchester United, on the other hand have seen many number of back passes and that can be a threat against Leicester as their strikers are always looking to close down the defence. Leaders are also a threat on the wings as Mahrez and Albrighton are capable of providing some great crosses to the strikers. United needs to cancel their attacking chances by not giving them the room to cross the ball.

Prediction-

The last time these 2 sides meet, Vardy marked his name in the Guinness book of world record. Well, United responded to the goal and the match ended all square. United are on a fine run of form at Old Trafford and are looking strong as well. This will be an exciting game and it won’t be a surprise if we witness another draw.

2-2 Draw.

 

Written by Swapnil Bhopatkar

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