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Can Manchester United continue winning revival against a poor Leicester
Manchester United to win 2-1
Tournament: Premier League 2022-2023 | Venue: Leicester, King Power StadiumBet Now
Manchester United won consecutive games for the first time under Erik Ten Hag, following a nightmare start to the season where they ended up bottom after two defeats.
The new manager seems to have transformed the atmosphere around the squad, bringing in players that he trusts and, most importantly, leaving out one or two he feels is not good enough at this point.
United can go as high as 5th with a win here, which would represent a much better league position than the one they occupied after that 4-0 defeat to Brentford. The main question is, will Ten Hag keep the same team for the third game running?
Leicester, however, are a team that remains in the doldrums right now, glued to the foot of the Premier League table.
They are winless, with their only point coming from their first game of the season against Brentford.
It’s well-known that they’ve needed good players coming in, although that just hasn’t happened.
Can they grab a result here?
Reasons to be cheerful:
Home crowd will be desperate for a win
Haven’t lost to United in last five games
Reasons to be fearful:
They’ve conceded 10 goals in four games, the second highest in the league
Key players are either missing or possibly injured
Leicester have it all to do right now, with fans left scratching their heads at how a team of their size can be at the bottom of the league.
Everyone knows that they haven’t invested in new players in the summer, usually a red flag in the Premier League.
Key striker Jamie Vardy is still a fine player, but can’t keep producing his best forever. Wesley Fofana is finally getting his desired move to Chelsea for a fee of £70m, but it leaves Leicester short at the back. James Maddison, Leicester’s one shining light this season, is an injury doubt against United.
All in all, it could be a tough season for the Foxes unless Brendan Rodgers can turn things around.
It could be a game against Manchester United that could do just that. Their home crowd will be desperate for a win, and the Foxes’ record against United has been positive over the last few years.
Star Man – James Maddison
The England midfielder is arguably Leicester’s most in-form player, but will he be fit to take on Manchester United? If he is, he can cause the Reds’ defence one or two problems.
Reasons to be cheerful
Last two victories have shown togetherness among the team
Clean sheet against Southampton will have boosted confidence
Reasons to be fearful
Leicester have done well against United in the past
Questions remain around attitude from game to game
Manchester United have taken some of the pressure off their shoulders with a brace of wins against Liverpool and Southampton.
The first was an impressive result against one of the best teams in Europe, while the second required a battling performance against a resilient Southampton side.
They have new signings to come into the team too.
Casemiro, signed from Real Madrid for £70m, is likely to start here having made a late appearance from the bench against the Saints. Antony, signed for £85m from Ajax this week, will likely make his first appearance in the next game against Arsenal.
Either way, the team that plays will have a greater degree of confidence about them now. They don’t have a great record against Leicester in recent times, so they will need to play at their best to win.
Star Man – Bruno Fernandes
The Portuguese playmaker scored his first goal of the season against Southampton, which ended up being the winner. He has taken on the role of captain with great responsibility, and it seems to improve his performance.
Leicester could see more of the ball against a counterattacking United
Both sides will have chances to score
If Maddison is fit, it boosts Leicester’s hopes of a result
In previous seasons, this is a game that Leicester have typically done quite well from. They haven’t lost to United in their last five meetings and have inflicted some big wins over their opponents at times.
If Maddison is passed fit to play, it will boost Leicester’s hopes greatly. The home fans are desperate to see a win and this could be the time to do it.
United are a better team than they were a couple of weeks ago, although there is still a long way to go under Erik Ten Hag.
The inclusive of Casemiro should make United harder to play against, while the form of Fernandes could inspire them to victory here.
Manchester United to win 2-1
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