By Kiran Thakare
- Top two clash in tea-time kick-off at King Power Stadium
- United looking to bounce back after disappointing 0-0 against PSV Eindhoven
- In form Jamie Vardy will provide United’s defence with probably their toughest test
After a disappointing outing in midweek against PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United will now focus on the second important match of the week. The Red Devils travel to King Power Stadium to face Leicester City on Saturday.
United sit second in the Premier League table, one point behind the table toppers Leicester City. It is a crucial match if United want to mount a serious title charge this term as this will give Red Devils a chance to go top ahead of relatively easier fixtures in December.
It was a horrific outing for Manchester United when this sides met at King Power Stadium last time. The Red Devils lost the match 5-3 after leading 3-1 midway through the second half. Louis Van Gaal will be looking to avenge the humiliation with a solid away performance on Saturday.
Van Gaal confirmed that Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw remain the only long time absentees. Phil Jones and Ander Herrera who picked up minor injuries against Watford are also going to sit out against Leicester City.
The back four is likely to remain same and midfield pivot will comprise of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin as Michael Carrick continues to recuperate from the injury he suffered on international duty.
Juan Mata will most probably will come back in the side after a below par performance from Memphis Depay against PSV Eindhoven.
Van Gaal is going through a tough time at Old Trafford. The Dutchman has brought United to a strong position in Premier League but the fans are unhappy with the number of draws and lack of attacking football.
United have registered consecutive wins against West Brom and Watford in the Premier League after two draws against Manchester City and Crystal Palace.
The Red Devils have been solid at the back as they give away very few chances and have the record of conceding the least goals in Premier League this term. Manchester United will be looking to continue their winning run in Premier League and get to the top of the table by the end of this week.
Leicester City have continued their resurgence from the second half of the last season. The Foxes have been in tremendous form and have been rewarded with a top finish by the end of gameweek 12.
Jamie Vardy has been the standout performer for Leicester City as he has scored in last 10 Premier League games and would be looking to overcome Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s record for Manchester United.
In addition to Vardy, Riyad Mahrez has been enjoying a brilliant season for the Foxes. The Algerian has racked up ample amount of assists and goals this term. Manchester United will have to stop this duo in order to get a positive result at King Power Stadium.