Man Utd vs Lei: Injury update, predictions & likely lineups

EPL By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 13/09/2019

Manchester United will be desperate to pick up all three points when they welcome in-form Leicester City to Old Trafford in the Premier League encounter on Saturday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have failed to win any of their last three Premier League games, while Foxes are unbeaten so far this term, brushing aside AFC Bournemouth and Sheffield United as well as picking up hard-earned draws against Chelsea and Wolves.

Team News

France international Paul Pogba has not recovered from an ankle problem and is one of several sidelined Manchester United players, with Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw also absent with injury, Diogo Dalot (hip) and Eric Bailly (knee) remain out.

Right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka (back) and midfielder Jesse Lingard (illness) are major doubts for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side. Defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah (knee) is a long-term absentee.

Leicester have no new injuries in the wake of the international break, with all players involved returning fit but club captain Wes Morgan is fit after a back problem while long-term absentee Matthew James is still recovering from an operation on his troublesome Achilles and was not named in Leicester's 25-man Premier League squad this week. 

Head to Head 

Red Devils and Foxes have met on 128 occasions in all competitions, with the Manchester United emerging victorious in 66 of those encounters and the latter winning 33.

More recently, United's home record against the Foxes is commendable: in the last 12 meetings at the Theatre of Dreams, United have won nine and drawn two, with Leicester's last away win coming back in 1998.

However, Solskjaer will be aware that recent encounters with Leicester at Old Trafford have been close affairs. United survived a late scare to win 2-1 on the opening day of last season and had to wait until the 70th minute to take the lead during a home victory in 2017.

Recent Form

As eluded to earlier, Solskjaer’s side have not started the season well. Since their opening day success against Chelsea, the Red Devils have failed to win since, suffering an embarrassing 2-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace and struggling to a draw against ten-man Southampton in this time.

For Leicester however, they have started the campaign rather impressively. Like just Manchester City and Liverpool, they are yet to lose in the â€‹Premier League this season, picking up two wins and two draws.

The Foxes have already visited one of the ‘big six’ this season and performed well, as they drew away at Frank Lampard’s Chelsea. If the performance of this nature can be repeated this Saturday, then they will cause United problems.

Manager Quote 

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: "Leicester is always a tough game. There's a team wanting to push into the top four.

"They've got good players and a very good manager, a proven top manager. Brendan's teams always play good football and we know we've got to play well to deserve the three points."

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers: "Old Trafford is always a difficult place to go. I've obviously been there with a few teams and won and lost and whatnot but [Man Utd] will always have quality.

"This is a chance for us to go and demonstrate our qualities on a fantastic stage."

Predicted lineups Man Utd XI: De Gea; Young, Lindelof, Maguire, Rojo; McTominay, Matic; Greenwood, Pereira, James; Rashford

Predicted lineups Leicester XI: Schmeichel; Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell; Ndidi; Albrighton, Tielemans, Maddison, Barnes; Vardy

Prediction: Manchester United 1-1 Leicester