Leicester City v Manchester United, Premier League

Paul Pogba helped Man United to a 2-1 against the foxes in the reverse fixture

David Hollywood previews Leicester City v Manchester United, 2:05pm, Sun 3rd February, sky sports premier league

Form:

For the away side the numbers have been well documented. Manchester United are undefeated in nine games, eight of which have been victories. That includes an average of three goals scored per game.

Life in Old Trafford has changed utterly since the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and probably for importantly, the departure of José Mourinho.

One health warning over United’s much improved form is the lack of clean sheets. just managing three in the nine game Solskjaer set. The defensive frailties that have blighted Man United’s season remain intact and cost them two points in their recent draw with Burnley.

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For Leicester City the horizon is a good deal more clouded. Failure to win this weekend will make it five without a win in all competitions.

Concerning defeats to Newport County and Southampton were followed by decent performances in losing in a 4-3 thriller against Wolves and this week’s impressive and deserved draw at Anfield against League leaders Liverpool.

Leicester maintain the capacity to overcome the league’s best sides. In just over five weeks the Foxes have beaten Chelsea, Manchester City and held Liverpool.

United will be well served to approach with caution.

The Match:

There’s no defensive partnership that Manchester United can field that would inspire confidence. Phil Jones and Victor Lindelof appear to be the incumbents and they’ll need to be at their best to contain Jamie Vardy and James Madison.

The Leicester pair were a constant nuisance against Jurgen Klopp’s title challengers.

Most concerning from a United perspective is Leicester’s proficiency from set-plays. Solskjaer flagged set-pieces as an issue shortly in to his tenure as caretaker manager and improvements in this area have been slow in coming.

Harry Maguire in particular will be looking to punish the opposition for allowing him space in the box.

With the likes of Luke Shaw and Ben Chilwell raiding down their respective team’s left flanks, right backs Ricardo Peirrera and possibly Ashley Young will have their hands full.

United especially look to overload their left wing with Shaw, Paul Pogba, and Anthony Martial typically doing their best work overlapping and making passing triangles.

Leicester City lost 2-1 last time these two sides played each other. That United team were still fresh at the start of the season and the acrimony to follow was only around the corner.

Team News:

Leicester could hand a debut to deadline-day addition Youri Tielemans. They will have to do without Daniel Amartey who misses out due to a knee injury.

The away side are hoping to see both Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba recover from knocks. Chris Smalling made the bench last time out while Marcos Rojo is unavailable for selection.

Verdict:

United’s new found attacking verve has to be respected. While Leicester’s penchant for upsetting top six sides requires consideration as well.

Neither defence has impressed throughout this campaign and I can see both sides conceding in this game.

Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals at 20/21

 



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