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Premier League: Manchester United aim for third win as they face Leicester City

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | P N VISHNU
Published Aug 25, 2017, 8:26 pm IST
Updated Aug 25, 2017, 8:36 pm IST
In terms of head-to-head, Manchester United leads with 14 wins against two of Leicester City, with six matches being drawn.
Manchester United will face Leicester City on Saturday. (Photo: AP)
 Manchester United will face Leicester City on Saturday. (Photo: AP)

Manchester: Manchester United will look to continue their winning streak when they host former Premier League champions Leicester City at Old Trafford on Saturday night.

United had a successful start to the Premier League season after two successive 4-0 wins against West Ham United at home and Swansea City at Liberty Stadium respectively. 

 

Leicester City, meanwhile, had a disappointing start to the season, after losing to Arsenal at Emirates 4-3 despite a good fight back.

However, they came back strongly to post their first win against Brighton and Hove Albion last week. A resounding 4-1 win against Sheffield United in the EFL Cup on Wednesday will prove to be another morale-booster for the Foxes, as yet another challenge awaits them.

In terms of head-to-head, Manchester United leads with 14 wins against two of Leicester City, with six matches being drawn.

Team News

Manchester United: The good news for United and their fans have been the return of Sweden international Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who will don the No.10 jersey for the Red Devils, previously worn by Wayne Rooney.

However, it remains to be seen if Jose Mourinho will let Ibrahimovic play in the home against the Foxes, given that he has not yet completely recovered from a knee injury, which he suffered during a match against Anderlecht in April.

Also, with the Red Devils kicking off the domestic season with two convincing wins, Mourinho could be unlikely to make any changes to the playing XI.

Probable XI (4-2-3-1): David de Gea (Goalkeeper); Antonio Valencia, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Daley Blind; Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic; Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marcus Rashford; Romelu Lukaku.

Leicester City: The Foxes could go ahead with a similar lineup which they played for their last league match against Brighton.

However, Harry Maguire, whose 55th-minute goal clinched a 2-0 victory for Leicester against Brighton, could be a doubtful starter against the Red Devils. With Robert Huth back in contention, the German could find a place in the Leicester starting XI on Saturday.

Probable XI (4-4-2): Kasper Schmeichel; Danny Simpson, Wes Morgan, Harry Maguire/Robert Huth, Christian Fuchs; Riyadh Mahrez, Wilfred Ndidi, Marc Albrighton, Matty James; Jamie Vardy, Shinji Okazaki.

Players to watch out for:

Manchester United:  Romelu Lukaku is already having a dream run at Manchester United this season. Having already scored three goals in two games this season, the Belgian international is already topping the charts for the leading goal-scorers in the Premier League.

With Lukaku finding form with the Red Devils, United will have less to worry about as they get ready to face their first biggest challenge of the season, Leicester City, who can prove to be unpredictable.

Leicester City: With two goals in two games so far, Vardy could prove to be crucial if the Foxes are to win just their third match against United. In fact, Vardy was rested for the EFL Cup tie against Sheffield, keeping in mind that a big match against United was ahead of him. Vardy has played a crucial part for Leicester at times and could be the man to provide a breakthrough on Saturday if they pull off a victory.

DC predicts: Leicester City could salvage a 2-2 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford, given the fact that they came close to drawing their opener against Arsenal, which they lost 4-3.

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