Match Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City – Premier League Matchweek 3

       

Build up to the match
Manchester United will undoubtedly be looking for a third straight win Premier League win as they welcome former champions Leicester City to Old Trafford on Saturday. With the Reds featuring four stellar strikers in Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, and now the returning Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Foxes of Leicester will surely find this match a tough challenge.

Match Information
Kickoff: Saturday, 26 August 2017, 05:30PM England time
Venue: Old Trafford

Team News
Manchester United are still missing Ashley Young and Luke Shaw due to a hamstring and foot injury, respectively. Meanwhile, defender Marcos Rojo is still out for the long term with an ACL tear. The returning Zlatan Ibrahimovic likely won’t feature in this match as well; while he has already recovered from his own ACL ligament injury, his will undoubtedly be unfit to play in this match.

Leicester City won’t be able to count on their midfield general and former Manchester United star Danny Drinkwater in this match, as the Englishman is still nursing a thigh strain, while striker Kelechi Iheanacho has a toe injury to deal with and won’t be available for this match.

       

Form
Manchester United
W-W-L-W-W (in all competitions)

Two massive 4-0 wins in their opening two matches in the Premier League will surely give Manchester United all the confidence in the world. They have attacking swagger in their ranks and will be eager to make it three for three when the Foxes come visit their turf on Saturday.

Leicester City
W-W-L-W-L (in all competitions)

While the underdogs in this fixture, nobody should forget that Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare has done phenomenally to keep his team together since the massive disappoint last season which saw Claudio Ranieri sacked. Now the Foxes have a good foothold on things, and despite a close loss to Arsenal on opening day, bounced back with a 2-0 win against Brighton. Now the job is to keep the form going.

Trivia and Stats
Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 30 home games in all competitions.
United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan has already managed to bag four assists in two matches, and will be looking to do another two come Saturday, making him the first player in Premier League history to assist two goals in three consecutive matches.
Reds striker Romelu Lukaku will be looking to be the first player in the club’s history to score in his first three appearances.
Leicester manager Shakespeare has got has team flowing in attack, with the club managing to score in all but one of their matches under their new boss.
Shakespeare will be the 75th different manager Jose Mourinho has faced in the Premier League.

Match Prediction
While many Reds fans will certainly push their team on to have a repeat performances of their last two matches, it’s hard to say with certainty the Red Devils could do just that. Nevertheless, they have enough in their squad to ensure Leicester stays quiet and make the home fans go home happy.

Manchester United 3-0 Leicester

       

Written by Michael

Obsessive fan at heart, football blogger, David Brent quote enthusiast and father of one.

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