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Starting XI Prediction: Rashford to lead the attack against Leicester with Martial and Lingard back in the starting XI?

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Manchester United will be pitted against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon. Fresh from a 2-2 draw with Burnley at Old Trafford with Leicester being fresh from their 1-1 draw with Liverpool, both teams will be seeking a return to winning ways. Leicester is not in the best of form looking at their last six matches, winning once, drawing once and losing four times. United have won five and draw once.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will need to ensure his team takes advantage of the fixtures played this weekend which could see both Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea drop points and then in the match following United’s in which Manchester City and Arsenal go head-to-head, a rival will drop points no matter the result, which United will have already needed to take advantage of. Getting back into the top four this season is what is needed to progress next season.

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Goalkeeper: David De Gea

David De Gea will no doubt be back for this game, as he was for the Burnley draw. The Spanish number one is most likely the first name on the teamsheet this season, unless United are playing in a cup competition, in which case, Sergio Romero will likely be given the nod. De Gea should be next in line for a new contract at the club. The club may have added the one-year clause to his contract but he needs to be secured for the long-term.

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Defence: Ashley Young, Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Luke Shaw

This is the back four I would like to see featured in this game. Eric Bailly missed out against Burnley with Phil Jones stepping back into the starting XI. Chris Smalling was on the bench in that game and I don’t want to see him back in action at this moment in time. Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly need to be tested as a central defensive partnership. The more times Bailly does not feature makes it look like his career at United could be over. Ashley Young and Luke Shaw should play in the fullback positions.

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Midfield: Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic

The Spanish midfielder was rested against Burnley during the week and he was missed. Andreas Pereira was chosen ahead of him and he contributed to Burnley’s opening goal by not keeping possession of the ball. I don’t think Pereira has what it takes to break into this United team. He’s not a central midfielder and is too slow to play on the wing. He may be best suited on the continent. Nemanja Matic should keep his place, partnering with Herrera, which releases Pogba, if fit, for a free role in the team.

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Attacking Midfield: Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial

Jesse Lingard did not start against Burnley, with Juan Mata starting ahead of him. The pace of the game was slow and United missed Lingard. He needs to occupy the right-wing role he has played for much of the season. He’s the best option in the squad this season. Having him ensures that the work rate is high and United perform much better. Paul Pogba, if fit, should take the central advanced role, which has shown his best for this season with Anthony Martial on the left, just after signing his new long-term contract.

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Striker: Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford should be leading the line for United. He is the best striker at the club, based on form, at this moment in time. Romelu Lukaku started against Burnley and was lacklustre in attack. Rashford was forced onto the left-side of the flank, which is not the best position for him, but with Martial injured, Solskjaer needed to adapt his team. Rashford’s work rate in the team his high, as is his hunger to achieve. Not starting him in this role, as long as he is fit and ready, will cost United.

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