Manchester United and Leicester City both need to bounce back following their losses in the Carabao Cup a few days ago. With that in mind, both sides will collide at King Power Stadium this Saturday in what’s a must-win contest for two sides with different goals. While The Red Devils will try to shorten the gap with Manchester City at the top of the standings, Leicester keep trying to fight back to have a chance to, at least, play in the UEFA Europa League next year. The game starts at 19:45 GMT.
Manchester United won’t have Eric Bailly, as the central defender will miss around two to three months after undergoing surgery. Michael Carrick remains out, while Marouane Fellaini is edging closer to fitness and will be a game-time decision. Paul Pogba already returned against Bristol in the Carabao Cup, and is now eligible for selection after his three-game ban in the Premier League ended.
Leicester shouldn’t have many absentees ahead of this game. The Foxes confirmed that Robert Huth (foot) and Matty James (achilles) are out, though.
Manchester United currently sit in second place of the English Premier League standings, but they sit 11 points behind Manchester City in the standings. It’s too early to say the title race is over, but there is no question City are in absolute control of the league right now. Manchester United have registered five wins in their past six Premier League matches, and City’s impressive run of results has been the only reason why United have not gotten too much attention of late. They are also coming off a loss against Bristol City in the Carabao Cup earlier this week, and that result wasn’t on anyone’s plans. It remains to be seen how The Red Devils will bounce back from that.
On the other hand, Leicester have been steadily improving since the arrival of Claude Puel to replace Craig Shakespeare. The French manager arrived to the club on October 25th, and poses a record of W5 D2 L3, including Tuesday’s loss in the Carabao Cup against Manchester City this past Tuesday. The Foxes sit in eighth place with 26 points from 18 league games, and had won four matches in a row before last weekend’s surprise 3-0 defeat at home to Crystal Palace.
Manchester United won 2-0 when these two sides met earlier this season. Second-half strikes from Marcus Rashford and Fellaini lifted The Red Devils to a huge win at Old Trafford.
Manchester United have five wins in their last six Premier League games, so they are in very good form right now. The loss against Bristol City certainly hurt. However, the team must re-group because the schedule will be full in the coming weeks. Leicester will certainly pose a big threat, but United have what it takes to come away with a win from King Power Stadium. Expect The Red Devils to escape with the three points in what’s likely going to be a close, tight encounter.
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