Manchester United will host Leicester City in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon in a must-win game for the Red Devils in order to prove their title credentials, especially after Arsenal won and Manchester City dropped points on Saturday.
Location: Manchester, England
Stadium: Old Trafford
Date: Sunday 19 February
Kick-off Time: 14:00 GMT / 09:00 ET / 06:00 PT
Referee: Stuart Attwell VAR: Paul Tierney
Manchester United will be without Casemiro in this game as he serves the last of his three match ban. Marcel Sabitzer and Lisandro Martinez, however, will be back in the matchday squad after serving their respective suspensions. Scott McTominay could return.
For Leicester City, there’s a good chance Youri Tielemans will be back in the matchday squad. Boubakary Soumare will also return from a hamstring injury that he suffered at the beginning of January.
Head to Head record:
Matches played: 136
Man Utd wins: 69
Leicester City wins: 36
Manchester United – De Gea; Dalot, Martinez, Varane, Shaw; Fred, Sabitzer; Rashford, Fernandes, Sancho; Weghorst.
Leicester City – Ward; Kristiansen, Faes, Souttar, Castagne; Dewsbury-Hall, Tielemans; Barnes, Maddison, Tete; Iheanacho.
Last 6 games in all competitions:
Manchester United – W W W D W D
Leicester City – L L D W W W
Despite being in excellent form, Manchester United still need to add finishing touches towards closing out games, looking quite unsure towards the ending of matches.
Leicester, meanwhile, look like a new team since James Maddison has returned, but we don’t think that itself would be enough to beat United at Old Trafford.
We predict a 3-1 win for the Red Devils.
Players who will be key:
On his day, Maddison could well win games single handedly for Leicester City. The English attacking midfielder is in imperious form coming into this game and that makes him a key player for the Foxes.
In the form of his life, Marcus Rashford looks like he is destined to score a goal almost every time he plays for Manchester United. After yet another impressive goal against Barcelona at the Camp Nou, expect Rashford to impress against the Foxes.
If Manchester United are to get a result against a revitalised Leicester City, they need Lisandro Martinez more than ever. The Argentine has been excellent this season and anywhere near a perfect performance from him would lead to a win for the Red Devils.