Confirmed Starting XI: Bailly back in the squad; Rashford, Lingard, Sanchez and Pogba all start against Leicester


Manchester United will be pitted against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side battled back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 against a resurgent Burnley at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening and the following day, Leicester drew 1-1 with Liverpool. This will ensure that Leicester is not seen as an easy picking for United, they are a capable team and are able to frustrate. Solskjaer will need to have his team working hard to beat them.

United have some great players in their team but when any rotation happens, it leaves the side missing those players who were rested. On Tuesday, United missed both Jesse Lingard and Ander Herrera and also Marcus Rashford playing as the main striker, which was a position held by Romelu Lukaku, with Rashford playing in a wide role. United did show their mentality though in battling back from 2-0 down, scoring from the penalty spot and getting a late equaliser.

United will need to be on top of their game against Leicester, otherwise, the past nine matches will all have been for nothing. In the history of both clubs, there have been 127 matches between United and Leicester. United winning 65 times, drawing 29 times and losing 33 times. The last defeat was back in 2014, that 5-3 match which saw United lose their lead. In the nine matches since United are undefeated – winning six and drawing three. Getting back to winning ways is the important things for Solskjaer and United.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Young, Lindelof, Bailly, Shaw;

Herrera, Matic;

Lingard, Pogba, Sanchez;



Romero; Jones, Dalot; Mata, Fred; Lukaku, Martial

Solskjaer saw his side slump to a 2-0 deficit against Burnley on Tuesday evening, conceding two goals which should really have been stopped from happening. Despite this, United never gave up and kept attacking, creating chances and just never gave up. Under Jose Mourinho, the side gave up too easily. Solskjaer will have been impressed with what he saw. Over the past nine matches, winning eight of them, United have shown that they are a capable team.

Battling back to earn a point, also stopping the first defeat under the Norwegian showed that United have developed into a team that is capable of anything. In the time Solskjaer has managed the club, United have clawed back so many points and put themselves back in contention for a top four place this season. This weekend, United may need other results to put them back in a powerful position once again. Tottenham Hotspur faces Newcastle United, a side which beat Manchester City during the week.

Chelsea faces Huddersfield Town, a team at rock bottom in the Premier League, needing points to stop the inevitable from happening. With Chelsea slumping to a 4-0 defeat at Bournemouth, it is possible that Huddersfield can find a much-needed result against the London club. Then, after United’s match, Manchester City host Arsenal. The North London club may need a miracle to beat City but you can never say never. Whatever happens here, United will, as long as they beat Leicester, be closer to a rival.

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