Leicester vs Man Utd: Can Red Devils step up?

Manchester United will travel to Leicester City to find their rhythm back in the Premier League. The Red Devils are currently winless in the last two matches and need to step up the gear as they have looked clueless in the last few matches.
Leicester on the other side have managed just two wins so far as Brendan Rodgers’ side have failed to repeat their last season’s heroics so far in this season.
One point in the last three matches has forced the Foxes to rethink their strategy as they haplessly surrendered to a spirited Crystal Palace side in the last match.
Kelechi Iheanacho and Jamie Vardy were on target as Leicester took control of the game in the first half. But Palace came with full force in the second half as goals from Michael Olise and Jeffrey Schlupp saw the home side collecting a vital point against Leicester.
United too went ahead riding on an Anthony Martial blinder. But the hosts were caught napping as a fast Everton counterattack dashed their hopes with Andros Townsend slotting the ball past David De Gea.
With the international break starting both teams could use this opportunity to freshen up the squad. United have assembled a squad worthy of being champions but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has failed to chalk out the right combination.
Their inability to bring in a midfielder could have a big effect on their long term ambition as the midfield duo of Fred and Scott McTominay is simply not working.
Fred was against at fault as he couldn’t stop the ever running Demarai Gray who passed him easily and laid the ball to Townsend who just had to finish it calmly.
Donny van de Beek has hardly been used and the Dutch midfielder has already been linked with a move in the January transfer window.
Leicester brought in Jannik Vestergaard as Wesley Fofana was sidelined for a lengthy period and Jonny Evans is yet to regain his match fitness.
Defensive vulnerabilities have been the main issue for Rodgers and he admitted his side needs to get that stability in the backline.
Both the team will be aiming for an outright win and it will be interesting to see how both the managers opt to use their squad.
Despite their struggles, this season Solskjaer has a pretty envious squad at his disposal and the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho, Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes can combine dangerously against the Leicester defence.
The Foxes will be banking on the 34 year old Jamie Vardy who has renewed himself this season. The Leicester veteran has found the net on six occasions and the United defence needs to be at their best to thwart the challenge of the Leicester frontman.
Predicted Lineup
Rodgers has preferred a number of combinations so far in this campaign.
Leicester City
Kasper Schmeichel has been a pillar in the Foxes goal and will start in the match.
Vestergaard and Caglar Soyuncu will be at the heart of the defence.
Ryan Bertrand and Timothy Castagne will be the two fullbacks.
Wilfred Ndidi will be the deepest midfielder. Youri Tielemans and Boubakary Soumarewill be in an advanced role.
Harvey Barnes and Ademola Lookman will be looking to add some much needed width from the wide positions.
Jamie Vardy will lead the line.
Manchester United
David De Gea has been absolutely sensational for the Red Devils and he will be in the goal.
Raphael Varane and Victor Lindelof will be the mainstay in the backline.
Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka will complete the defensive setup.
Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba will start in the midfield.
Bruno Fernandes, Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho will take the front three positions.
Edinson Cavani will be the sole striker.
Manchester United and Leicester City have a long history of head-to-head clashes. The two teams have played 133 head-to-head matches as of now. Of 133 matches, United has had a greater share of the pie. They have been able to defeat Leicester City in 68 matches while Leicester City have won 35 matches against Man United.
In the last 5 matches between the two teams, Leicester City has won 2 matches while Man United have had only 1 win. Two matches ended in a draw. Leicester has won the last two meetings.


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