Preview: United need a victory more than ever against lowly Leicester

King Power Stadium, Leicester

Premier League 2016/17

Sunday 5th February 2017 – KO 16:00

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Assistant Referees: Simon Bennett and Peter Kirkup

Fourth Official: Neil Swarbrick

Manchester United will travel to the King Power Stadium on Sunday with the hope of resuming a top four challenge that has been halted by draws in recent weeks. Winning just one match of their last five, Jose Mourinho’s men have stalled massively since earning nine consecutive victories, but travelling to relegation-threatened Leicester City, seemingly struggling to handle European football due to a lack of squad depth, United have another key opportunity to reduce the gap with the rest of the Premier League’s top sides.

Manchester United Form: DWLDD

Hull City 0-0 D, Wigan Athletic 4-0 W, Hull City 2-1 L, Stoke City 1-1 D, Liverpool 1-1 D

Manchester United, as aforementioned, have only won one of their last five matches, enduring two bore-fests against Hull City, and earning late equalizers against Liverpool and Stoke City to paper over the cracks that have recently appeared in Jose Mourinho’s team. Paul Pogba’s form has been shaky since conceding the penalty against Liverpool, while Michael Carrick looks fatigued more than ever before, having played far too many matches over the course of December.

Leicester City Form: LDLLD

Burnley 1-0 L, Derby 2-2 D, Southampton 3-0 L, Chelsea 3-0 L, Middlesbrough 0-0 D

Leicester City have produced relegation level form in their past five matches, failing to score against Premier League opposition, conceding almost quadruple a number of goals scored in that stretch, and most importantly, failing to win. However, form seems to fly out the window for every team playing Manchester United, and they will likely come out of the floodgates as a world class outfit, not conceding goals, showing flair in attack, and earning the luck of the officials.

Head to Head Record:

Manchester United: 62 victories

Draws: 28

Leicester City: 33 victories

Manchester United Top Scorers:

19 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 7 – Juan Mata, Paul Pogba, 6 – Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, 5 – Wayne Rooney, 4 – Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 3 – Jesse Lingard, 2 – Marouane Fellaini, Chris Smalling, 1 – Daley Blind, Michael Carrick, Own Goal, Ander Herrera, Bastian Schweinsteiger

Leicester City Top Scorers:

7 – Riyad Mahrez, 6 – Islam Slimani, Jamie Vardy, 5 – Shinji Okazaki, 4 – Ahmed Musa, 2 – Wes Morgan, 1 – Marc Albrighton, Daniel Amartey, Christian Fuchs, Demarai Gray, Andy King, Andy King

Manchester United Squad;

Manager: Jose Mourinho

Goalkeepers: David De Gea, Sergio Romero, Joel Pereira

Defenders: Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian, Axel Tuanzebe

Midfielders: Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Michael Carrick, Ashley Young, Ander Herrera, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marouane Fellaini

Forwards: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford

Injuries and Suspensions: Phil Jones (foot)

Leicester City Squad:

Manager: Claudio Ranieri

Goalkeepers: Kasper Schmeichel, Ben Hamer, Ron-Robert Zieler

Defenders: Ben Chilwell, Wes Morgan, Robert Huth, Danny Simpson, Marcin Wasilewski, Christian Fuchs

Midfielders: Danny Drinkwater, Andy King, Marc Albrighton, Daniel Amartey, Bartosz Kapustka, Demarai Gray, Nampalys Mendy, Wilfred Ndidi, Riyad Mahrez

Forwards: Ahmed Musa, Jamie Vardy, Islam Slimani, Shinji Okazaki, Leonardo Ulloa

Suspensions/Injuries: Islam Slimani (groin), Leonardo Ulloa (thigh)

Predicted Starting XI:

Predicted Score:

Leicester City 0-3 Manchester United


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