Manchester United’s winning run finally came to an end this past Tuesday, when The Red Devils had to come from behind to scrap a 2-2 draw against Burnley. But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men remain one of the hottest teams in the Premier League. And they will endure a tough fixture this Sunday, when they travel to King Power Stadium in order to take on an inconsistent Leicester City side. This EPL fixture is slated to kick-off at 14:05 BST.
Manchester United’s absentees list is quite slim since Marcos Rojo is the only long-term absentee. Following the departure of Marouane Fellaini, the Argentinian defender is the only player who’s officially unavailable for this fixture. Chris Smalling returned to the matchday squad the last time out, and could get his first start under the Norwegian tactician. Anthony Martial – who missed Burnley’s match with a knock – and Paul Pogba are doubtful. However, Solskjaer confirmed he expects the French duo to be ready for Sunday’s match.
On the other hand, Leicester City won’t have Daniel Amartey, as the full-back is not expected to return to first-team action until March. Star centre-back Harry Maguire returned to action with a goal, so he should be ready to go for this one. And Belgium international Youri Tielemans could make his debut for The Foxes. He signed a season-long loan deal on Deadline Day, and comes from Ligue 1 side AS Monaco.
Manchester United are playing at a very high level right now. The 2-2 draw against Burnley probably wasn’t on anyone’s plans, but it extended the team’s undefeated run under the tutelage of Solskjaer. With eight wins and one draw in nine matches, The Red Devils are one of the best teams in the league when it comes to form. But they will need to be at their best if they want to get a positive result from King Power Stadium. During the current season, Manchester United own a W6, D2, L4 mark away from home during the current term. However, they have won their three away league matches with Solskjaer at the helm.
Meanwhile, Leicester City have been inconsistent but there’s one certainity around them: they know how to perform against top teams. They claimed a 1-1 draw against Liverpool earlier this week, and have previously defeated both Chelsea and Manchester City as well. But their 2019 hasn’t started at their best since they went through a three-game losing run back in January – a span where they were eliminated from the FA Cup by League Two side Newport County in the third round. It remains to be seen which Leicester side will feature here. But United must be wary. The Foxes know how to play against top sides.
What is our recent record against Leicester?
We’ve met Leicester 127 times in competitive games. The record reads 65 wins for Manchester United, 33 victories for Leicester and 29 draws. Leicester’s most recent win over Manchester United in the Premier League came in 2014. But if we analyse the previous 10 meetings between both sides, United have the edge. They own a W6, D3, L1 mark in all competitions over that span.
Leicester know how to play against top sides, but United have looked quite solid away from home as well. Therefore, I wouldn’t be surprised if the game finishes with both teams scoring. Plus, when it comes to find a winner, it’s impossible to discard United’s current run of form. They have everything in their favour to come out with a win out of King Power Stadium.