Leicester City vs. Manchester United preview: view from oppo

Wayne Rooney and team-mates celebrate
Manchester United will look to push on following the 4-0 victory over QPR last weekend

Manchester United play Leicester City for the first time in over a decade. The last time the two teams met, Gary Neville was on the scoresheet as United looked to the FA Cup final. The last time United played the home side at, what was the The Walkers Stadium, the visitors ran out 4-1 victors, with Ruud van Nistelrooy netting a hat trick. The last time United lost away to Leicester was back in the 1985/86 season.

Louis van Gaal will be looking to push on following the great 4-0 victory over QPR last week, which saw Angel Di Maria light up Old Trafford with a brilliant performance. The home side have had a great start to the season and having taken points off Everton and Arsenal already, last weekend saw their first win in the Premier League; beating Stoke City 1-0.

Manchester United lineup

Manchester United line up against Leicester City

We have a brilliant view from the opposition lined up for you! In the week we asked Chris, who blogs over at leicestertillidie.com, a few questions ahead of the game. You can follow Chris on Twitter @leicestertid.

1) How have you found your return to the Premier League so far? Happy with early season form?
Looking at our fixture list and our first 5 games at the start of the season Everton, Chelsea, Arsenal, Stoke & Manchester United I can only be happy going into this weekends game with 5 points. Draws against Top 5 sides Everton & Arsenal was more than I would have hoped for and looking back at The Chelsea game, after their recent results, holding them to a 2-0 win looks good. So yes I am well happy

2) Where do you expect to finish come May?
Despite what people think, we do not have a large squad and its a long hard season ahead and injuries and suspensions could take their toll. I predicted 13th before the season started and I think I will stick to that.

3) Have you the right manager for the job and what advise would you give him?
We so do. The board were proved right when they stayed strong and stood by Nigel Pearson when things were not going well. He will, I believe, be a future England manager and as the worse football predictor this side of Hadrians Wall far be it from me to give him advise.

4) What have you made of Leonardo Ulloa so far and how many goals can he score this season?
At £8m rising to £10m scoring 3 goals in his first 4 Premiership games he looks to be a bargain. I think he will be in the top 5 goal scorers this season.

5) Are you happy with your transfers over the summer? Do you need to strengthen elsewhere?
Think we have more ex Manchester United players in our squad that you do!! Pearson has brought wisely. Young and hungry players and the free transfer of the experienced Cambiasso shows a sensible transfer policy. Pearson has always bought well and Ulloa is also proof of that.

6) What have you made of United’s early season form and where do you think van Gaal’s men will finish?
Lets face it not the best of starts. Im old enough to remember the Man Utd of the Liverpool glory years when you bough all the top players but never had a top team. After the Moyes period there was only one way for you to go. Think it will take a while to gel, one swallow doesnt make a summer and QPR were very poor, but it will give your new players confidence but as I said before it is a long summer. You will finish 3rd to 6th I think this term.

7) What have you made of United’s signings and also, the players that have left the club?
Like I say a lot of big names but we will wait and see how they gel over the season. I think Welbeck was an interesting departure but he always seemed to be better for country than club. Having had Cleverly at City on loan thought he would do better but maybe a case of little fish in big pond. You have let a couple of youngsters come to us on loan and permanent deals. Looks like you might be turning into a Chelsea/Man City, buy rather than bring through.

8) What is your most memorable game against United?
The 1996 League Cup game as we made our way to Wembley winning the final in a replay over Middlesborough. We beat you 2-0 at Filbert Street and whilst you had a lot of first teamers out you still had the likes of Keane and Cruff in your squad. It was our first season up under Martin O’Neill and we were everybody’s favourites to go straight back down, but we won the League Cup and finished 10th. I;d take that this season.

9) What is your all time Leicester Xi?
Come back to me in a week lol. If you asked me this question every day for a week i’d come up with 7 different teams.

10) Who is the best United player you’ve ever seen and which player from the current crop would you take to your club?
Has to be Beckham. Remember his first premiership game after being sent off in the World Cup final was against Leicester at Filbert Street. Our fans game him hell as everyone hated him at the time. He shut us up by scoring a peace of a free kick though.

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