Real test of Manchester United’s title credentials against top Leicester side
Leicester 1-1 Manchester United
Manchester United continue to attract hype around the possibility of a title push this season, after a string of good results which has taken them up to 3rd in the table with a game still in hand over Liverpool and Leicester above them.
In their last match, United demolished old rivals Leeds 6-2, showcasing their fabulous array of attacking talent against the newly promoted side.
In recent weeks, the likes of Rashford, Martial, Greenwood and of course Fernandes have all shown top form. Coming to the end of 2020, the Red Devils will be looking to continue their form into the New Year.
Leicester will present one of the toughest challenges United could have asked for, with The Foxes also flying high after a terrific victory over Tottenham last weekend.
This will be one of United’s best chances of proving their title winning hopes, but they’ll need to be at their best to win.
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Reasons to be cheerful:
Victory against Tottenham will have boosted confidence
Jamie Vardy likely to be fit after shrugging off injury
Reasons to be fearful:
Beaten United once in last 22 league matches
Will need to be wary of United’s quality on the counterattack
Leicester despatched Tottenham brilliantly last weekend to climb above them into 2nd place.
Despite being a similar side to Spurs, that is preferring to play on the counterattack, they showed more than an element of control throughout the match, limiting Mourinho’s men to minimal opportunities in front of goal.
They also looked electric in attack, with Jamie Vardy now scoring 19 goals in his previous 19 away Premier League matches.
In fact, Leicester’s away form, alongside Manchester United, is the best in the league – both on 18 points from games on their travels. The Foxes will need to improve their home performances, having only the 10th best form at the King Power Stadium.
They also need to get over their shocking record against United, with just one win in 22 league meetings since 1998.
Star Man – Jamie Vardy
Remains their best player, with 11 league goals, and his pace in behind United’s defence will cause problems.
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Reasons to be cheerful
Recent league form has been exceptional
They’ve taken 19 points from the last 21 available
Reasons to be fearful
Leicester will be their toughest test of late
Selection decisions need to be correct
Arguably for the first time since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, there is a feeling that Manchester United could seriously challenge for the title.
They won’t be favourites – Liverpool still look the best team in the league. But, with many of the teams, including Liverpool, showing inconsistency from week to week, there is an opportunity to press home the advantage.
United will be hoping to continue their perfect away form, with six wins from six, as well as their incredible record against The Foxes.
Manager Solskjaer will need to get his selections right from the start, having gone behind so often in games having to come back the hard way.
Whoever he chooses, his side will need to be somewhere approaching their very best to beat a Leicester side who have beaten Tottenham, Manchester City and Arsenal this season.
Star Man – Bruno Fernandes
Overtook Rashford as United’s top scorer this season with a brace against Leeds last weekend.
Expect an entertaining match with multiple goals
Both Vardy and Fernandes likely to get on scoresheet
Winner could close gap on Liverpool
With both sides preferring to play on the counter, it’ll be interesting to see who comes out on the front foot looking to control the game.
It is hard to say whether it’ll be a tight match of few chances, with both teams sitting back, or if they’ll both go for it similar to United’s game against Leeds at the weekend.
Hopefully it’ll be the latter, but either way it could finish even, which wouldn’t be a bad result for either side.
Leicester 1-1 Manchester United