Manchester United face off against Leicester City in what will be a fitting start to a potentially action-packed Game week 6. Manchester United bounced back after three consecutive losses in a week by defeating League One side Northampton Town 3-1 in the EFL Cup. They will be faced with a much sterner test against the reigning Champions who have started to click after a slow start to the season.
Leicester have continued on their swashbuckling approach this season and have endured mixed results thus far. They will be looking to hit the jittery Manchester United defence hard and hope to put them on the back-foot. But history heavily backs the Red Devils who will be looking to continue their good run against the Foxes, especially at home. Leicester have won one of their last 18 league trips to Old Trafford (D5 L12), claiming victory in January 1998 courtesy of a Tony Cottee winner which illustrates the difficulty they will be facing today.
United forward Anthony Martial will miss the visit of Leicester because of heavy bruising on his calf and ankle. Luke Shaw and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are fit after groin and thigh injuries respectively but Phil Jones is unavailable.
Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel has overcome a concussion but has a muscle strain which could delay his return. Marcin Wasilewski is banned after his midweek red card against Chelsea, while Nampalys Mendy will not be risked.
MANCHESTER UNITED (4-2-3-1)
De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Bailly, Shaw; Fellaini, Pogba; Mata, Rooney, Rashford; Ibrahimovic
LEICESTER CITY (4-4-2)
Zieler; Simpson; Huth, Morgan, Fuchs; Mahrez, Drinkwater, Amartey, Musa; Vardy, Slimani
MANCHESTER UNITED: MARCUS RASHFORD
The young striker has been their only spark in attack in the last 10 days but has been played on the left wing to accommodate Zlatan Ibrahimović up front. Although he is clearly more effective up front, Rashford will be eager to impress the manager in whichever position he is played, in a bid to prolong his stay in the first team action. United lack pace in the final third and he will be instrumental in pressing the ageing Leicester centre-backs.
LEICESTER CITY: RIYAD MAHREZ
The fleet-footed Algerian will be a real threat on the right-hand side and will look to get beyond the likes of Smalling and Shaw with his admirable dribbling skills. His understanding with Vardy will be pivotal for the Foxes and United will be wary of giving too much space to Mahrez.
MANCHESTER UNITED- 8/11