Manchester United host Leicester City this weekend in the Premier League. The boredom of the international break is over and the reds are back in action, surely our boys are coming back refreshed and renewed, ready for action. We are the mighty Manchester United, a match at home against a team that finished ninth should be an instant win … right?
Unfortunately, football doesn’t work like that and especially with United post-Fergie there are no assurances. Manchester United return after the international break with their joint worst record after 4 games in Premier League history. August is a month to forget for Ole’s men. A loss to Crystal Palace at home, draws at St Mary’s and at the Molinuex all following the Chelsea buzz has left us in 8th place coming into this game.
In Addition to our poor form Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that both Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba will not feature due to injury. Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Jesse Lingard are both doubts for Saturday’s clash but in reality I would expect the two to play a role.Embed from Getty Images
However, with every cloud comes a silver lining. With Manchester United in an injury crisis, this is Ole’s chance to practice what he has preached over the last 10 months. PLAY THE YOUTH. Yes, we have recorded the youngest starting eleven’s over the start to the season bar none but surely some of theste players have had their chance. The likes of Lingard, has put in disasterclass after disasterclass this season. What is there to lose by playing a Greenwood from the off, or perhaps Gomes or even a chong. The old saying from the late great Sir Matt Busby holds true ‘You don’t know what they can do till you put them in’. Well today Wilzinho is saying ‘giving them two minutes off the bench doesn’t show us a great deal either!’. If there is anytime to play the kids, its now!
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Almost in total contrast, Leicester City have made a phenomenal start to their campaign. The foxes are one of three clubs to have maintained an unbeaten start to the season. A start that that has placed them in third, behind only Manchester City and Liverpool.
Brendan Rodgers has got his largely talented side playing brilliant football, the players have all brought into his philosophy and nobody has benefitted from that more than Jamie Vardy. Since Brendan Rodgers’ arrival at the King Power Stadium in March, the Englishman has scored more goals (12) than any other player in the premier league.
For me, the key man in this Leicester side has to be James Maddison. Nobody in the Premier League has played more through passes than the 22-year-old this season. The self proclaimed Manchester United fan is surely the danger man and would definitely improve Manchester United in the long term. The duo of Vardy and Maddison is one to watch for whoever features in our back 4.
Last season in the same fixture, the difference between the two sids was a Paul Pogba penalty. This season the both will be under different management but both still trying to get maximum points. Leicester City have won just one of their last 20 league gamees against Manchester United which came in September 2014 under Louis Van Gaal. That being said, this is perhaps our biggest game so far this season. With so many injuries, it wouldn’t be absurd to suggest Leicester are favourites. However, I always have the faith. 2-1 To Manchester United, Daniel James to get on the scoresheet first, Vardy equalizer and Mason Greenwood winner. You heard it here first.