Manchester United vs Leicester Preview

Manchester United will be in high spirits going into this Premier League home tie against Leicester City. United were positive and demonstrated their class against La Liga leaders, Barcelona in a 2-2 draw at the Nou Camp. Marcus Rashford was the star man again as United were unlucky not to hold onto their slim 1-2 lead before Raphinha equalised late on. However, they will have reinforcements for the home tie at Old Trafford next week while Barcelona will be missing the influences of Gavi, Pedri, Dembele and Busquets.

Nevertheless, Manchester United now host Leicester City in the Premier League as they look to push City and Arsenal all the way in the Premier League title race and certaintly try and secure Champions League football. United also know they have some big games in the cups in the next few days and cannot take those for granted. However, must continue in the Premier League and push on all fronts. Here’s all you need to know:

Match Information:

Teams: Manchester United and Leicester City
Date: Sunday 19th February 2023
KO Time: 14:00 GMT
Location: Old Trafford
Managers: Erik ten Hag and Brendan Rodgers
Referee: Stuart Attwell

Manchester United Team News vs Leicester City

Manchester United may have welcomed back Casemiro at the Nou Camp but he will be serving his last match of suspension domestically. However, both Martinez and Sabitzer who were suspended for the trip to Barcelona both return and are set to start. Eriksen and Donny van de Beek remain out with long term injuries. Antony returned to training and Erik ten Hag hinted that Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay were not far off returns either. He even went as far as saying that one or two may be back for the matchday squad!

Interesting Facts:

  • Manchester United have not won a home match against Leicester since 2019. They have only won once in the last six matches against the Foxes. However this was earlier this season at the King Power and courtesy of Jadon Sancho.
  • Marcus Rashford is currently having his joint most prolific season, having already totalled his 2019/20 tally of 22 goals. He is a goal away from recording his highest ever personal record.
  • Fred is set to make his 125th Premier League appearance. Incidentally he has set up more goals for United in Europe (7) than in the Premier League (6) following his assist at the Nou Camp.

Predicted XI:

Manchester United may choose to rotate and field Dalot and Maguire instead of Wan-Bissaka and Varane to rest them ahead of a tricky fixture list while pushing Shaw out wide and slotting Martinez back into the side. Fred and Sabitzer are likely to return in midfield behind Bruno Fernandes. Weghorst is likely to continue up front while Rashford will probably start along with Sancho to give United has much quality up front and then allow for resting later if possible.

Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Dalot, Maguire, Martinez, Shaw; Fred, Sabitzer; Sancho, Fernandes, Rashford; Weghorst

Predicted Score:

Leicester blew Tottenham out of the park and also showed their predatory instincts in both the Spurs and Villa game to prey on any and all mistakes and punish their opposition for them. United have to be careful as Maddison is in amazing form and will want to keep him quiet. It will be a tricky game but I think United can record another three points at Old Trafford.

United to win 2-1

Author: Arjun Handa

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