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Manchester United FC vs Leicester City, Premier League 2022-2023, Today Match Prediction

Greater Manchester, Old Trafford

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Manchester United aim to keep pressure on top two with victory over improving Leicester

  • Manchester United earned a vital away win against Leeds last weekend
  • The gap to Manchester City in 2nd is now five points after City’s win over Arsenal in midweek
  • Leicester have won two games on the bounce and appear to be on the move

Manchester United to win 3-1

Tournament: Premier League 2022-2023 | Venue: Greater Manchester, Old Trafford

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As we inch closer towards the final third of the season, Manchester United will be acutely aware of how important it is to keep pace with the two teams above them in the league.

The Red Devils are the only team across Europe to be involved in four competitions so squad management has become a vital part of Erik ten Hag’s policy lately. Alongside injury and suspensions, he’s had to manage his selection carefully.

The gap is now five points to Manchester City and eight to Arsenal, so a win is crucial here to keep up the pressure.

Leicester are enjoying are fine spell of form themselves, scoring eight goals and collecting two wins from their last two games.

They remain five points ahead of the bottom three but they will now have their sights set on higher positions.

Manchester United FC Preview

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Only lost four of their 33 Premier League meetings with Leicester

     No team has earned more than United’s 20 points since the World Cup

Reasons to be fearful:

     Haven’t beaten Leicester at home in last two meetings

     Casemiro remains suspended and squad rotation is key

Manchester United gave Barcelona a huge scare in their Europa League match in midweek. The game ended 2-2 and United will fancy their chances of progressing in the second leg at Old Trafford next week.

This packed fixture schedule means that United have to use their squad wisely, of course. Casemiro will miss out here, the final game of his three-match ban. Marcel Sabitzer will come back in alongside Fred.

Lisandro Martinez will return to the team too, having been suspended for the midweek game in Europe. We could also see starts for Dalot, Varane and Sancho.

United’s record over Leicester is excellent over the years, although they have been held to draws in their last two meetings at Old Trafford. 

A win is essential again for United here.

Star Man – Marcus Rashford

United’s talisman just keeps on scoring. The first goal against Leeds last weekend was followed by another against Barcelona in midweek. He can equal Wayne Rooney’s record of seven consecutive home games.

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Reasons to be cheerful

     Could win three league games in a row for the first time in over two years

     Have scored 21 away goals this season – only Brighton have more

Reasons to be fearful

     Conceded first in both of their last two games

     Lost 20 of their 33 meetings with United in the league

Despite their current league position, Leicester have been one of the best away teams in the league this season. Only once have they failed to score on their travels this campaign and they will hoping that continues here.

Indeed, they have scored 21 away goals and earned four wins away from home, although they’ve conceded 25 and lost seven. This will be a tough test for them.

They often start games quickly, scoring 23 goals in the opening half of games, so we can expect a fast start from the Foxes here.

James Maddison is in exceptional form, although Kelechi Iheanacho has been on fire in front of goal and the signing of Tete has helped too.

Star Man – James Maddison

The England midfielder has been involved in 21 goals in his last 19 league games, showing his importance to the club. He’s still searching for his first goal against Manchester United.

     We should see a fast start

     United will grow into the game

     Should be chances at both ends

Manchester United’s European exploits may take their toll on the fitness of their players, meaning one or two changes may be required here.

Some players are fit to come in, meaning we should still see a powerful performance from Erik ten Hag’s team. They need victory to keep up the pace at the top.

Don’t be surprised if Leicester start quickly, judging by their first half record this season. It’s whether they can keep United out at the other end that will be the big question.

Manchester United to win 3-1

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Author: Ross B.