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Manchester United FC vs Leicester City, free match prediction 11 May 2021

11 May 2021 | 22:30 | Greater Manchester, Old Trafford
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Manchester United play their third game in five days against a Leicester side in need of a boost

  • Manchester United have enjoyed a successful week, beating Villa at the weekend
  • They face Leicester here just 48 hours later, with Liverpool to come two days after this
  • Leicester have been overtaken by Chelsea and have slipped to 4th

Manchester United 1-1 Leicester

  • Tournament: Premier League 2020-2021
  • Venue: Greater Manchester, Old Trafford

MANCHESTER UNITED FC vs LEICESTER CITY Match Preview & Analysis

Manchester United’s hectic fixture schedule continues here at home to 4th place Leicester, with their postponed game against Liverpool (being played 48 hours later), causing a real scheduling headache.

It means that United will have played four games in eight days when all is done, and manager Solskjaer has already warned that he will need to make full use of his squad and rotation will be necessary.

Nevertheless, United will expect themselves to be competitive in every match that they play and going up against a fellow top four team will add extra motivation, although a Champions League spot is now secure.

As for Leicester, their top four spot may be in danger of slipping away if they cannot reverse their mixed form of late. They have a five-point buffer to 5th place West Ham, although 6th place Liverpool have a game in hand and can close to gap to three if results go against Leicester.

There’s plenty at stake here.

Teams Preview

Manchester United FC Preview

Form Guide (all comps): WDWLW

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Win against Aston Villa secures a top four finish for them

     Have won six of their last seven league games

Reasons to be fearful:

     Difficult fixture schedule may take the toll on players’ fitness

     Harry Maguire looks set to miss out through injury

With a 3-1 comeback win against Aston Villa at the weekend, Manchester United kept their brilliant unbeaten away record going – one that has been going for over a year now in the league.

At home, things have been a little different this season, with all their four defeats coming at Old Trafford in what has been a topsy-turvy season.

The Red Devils have improved in this department however, winning each of their last four at home, as well as good results coming in the Europa League, where they have reached the final.

One big concern for United is the fitness of captain Harry Maguire, who suffered an ankle injury against Villa. He will definitely miss this game, but could also be out for a longer period of time.

Solskjaer has promised changes for this game, with the likes of Bailly, Van Der Beek, Matic and Telles potentially rotating into the first XI.

Star Man – Mason Greenwood

It’s difficult to know who will play this one, but Mason Greenwood has been terrific up front lately, scoring five in his last five league appearances.

Leicester City Preview

Form Guide (all comps): WWWDL

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Remain in the top four with a five-point buffer

     Beat United recently in the FA Cup

Reasons to be fearful:

     Has the FA Cup final this weekend and focus may be on that

     Former United man Jonny Evans will be a big miss at the back

In different circumstances, you’d feel that this could be Leicester’s best chance at beating Manchester United at Old Trafford for the first time since 2014. 

However, Leicester have one of the most important matches in their recent history coming up this weekend, as they face Chelsea in the FA Cup final – their first for almost 50 years.

With this in mind, Brendan Rodgers may also rotate his team somewhat, especially with some enforced changes required at the back.

Jonny Evans missed out in the defeat to Newcastle as was sorely missed as they conceded four goals. With the likes of Pereira potentially also missing, they may need to reshuffle their defensive unit.

Star Man – Kalechi Iheanacho

Scored twice against United in their FA Cup meeting and has 10 in his last nine league appearances.

MANCHESTER UNITED FC vs LEICESTER CITY Winning Prediction

     Could be a tight game of football

     Player changes could result in a slower tempo of play

     A draw may suit both sides

With Manchester United in the middle of a terrible run of fixtures, and Leicester needing to pick up points in order to stay ahead of the chasing pack, a draw could suit both sides here.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will set up United to be tough to beat, even if it means they lose some of their attacking threat.

Leicester will have one eye on the FA Cup final.

Both sides are capable of winning, but they could settle for a point here.

Manchester United 1-1 Leicester

Author: Ross B.