Manchester United will be aiming to rediscover their winning formula as the Red Devils welcome in-form Leicester City at Old Trafford in Saturday’s Premier League clash.
United’s inability to win any of their last three games against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Crystal Palace and Southampton has made that 4-0 win over Chelsea feel like a distant memory and shifted a series of technical problems into clear focus, creating an atmosphere of pressure just a month into the new campaign.
If United are a team heading backward, Leicester deserve to be recognized as a team heading inexorably in the right direction under Brendan Rodgers.
Since taking over from Claude Puel in February, Rodgers has imposed his high-pressing, counter-attacking style on this Leicester team to devastating effect, energizing the midfield and placing more emphasis on attacking the space in behind defenders for Jamie Vardy to exploit.
The Foxes find themselves in third place in the Premier League table after four games – only Manchester City and Liverpool, once again the pacesetters for the division, are ahead of them – and their performances merit that standing.
Head To Head
United and Leicester have met on 128 occasions in all competitions, with the Red Devils emerging victorious in 66 of those encounters and the latter winning 33.
More recently, United’s home record against the Foxes is commendable: in the last 12 meetings at the Theatre of Dreams, United have won nine and drawn two, with Leicester’s last away win coming back in 1998.
Possible Line Ups
Manchester United: De Gea; Young, Lindelof, Maguire, Rojo; McTominay, Matic; Greenwood, Pereira, James; Rashford
Leicester City: Schmeichel; R. Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell; Ndidi, Maddison, Tielemans, Albrighton, Gray; Vardy
If forms are used as a yardstick to determine the outcome of any given game, then Leicester City could be ahead of Manchester United. However, since the Red Devils will be playing at home, it would be ideal to play a United win or draw under 4.5.