August 26, 2017
Manchester United face their third battle of the new Premier League season, taking on Leicester City at Old Trafford on Saturday evening. Jose Mourinho’s side have had a great start to the season, dominating matches, scoring eight goals without reply, the majority of those coming from the midfield, the wing even one from a defender. United have started the season in great form really putting the 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup behind them, concentrating on what matters, launching a title challenge in the league this season. United finished sixth in the Premier League last season, missing out on the UEFA Champions League, at least through their league position so Mourinho’s side had to go on to win the UEFA Europa League, which they did. This season, that cannot happen. Mourinho needs to instill stability into the side, do what Sir Alex Ferguson did at the club, set the levels of expectation; win, win, win.
Valencia, Bailly, Jones, Blind;
Mata, Mkhitaryan, Martial;
Romero; Smalling, Darmian; Lingard Herrera, Fellaini; Rashford
Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs;
Mahrez, Ndidi, James, Albrighton;
Hamer, Chilwell, Amartey, Gray, King, Iheanacho, Slimani
Manchester United and Leicester City have faced each other 124 times in the history of both clubs; the first match was played between Leicester Fosse and Newton Heath on the 22nd September 1894 – a 3-2 victory for the club that later became Manchester United. United have won 63 times, drawn 28 times and lost 33 times. The last defeat was the 5-3 humiliation at the King Power Stadium on the 21st September 2014 with United 3-1 up just before the hour, a penalty levelling the score, Leicester taking the lead then a penalty ending the game. Since that day, United have been undefeated by the former Premier League champions – playing six times, winning four and drawing twice. That is the unbeaten run Jose Mourinho will be looking to extend come Saturday. United have previously had many runs against Leicester; an eleven match unbeaten run commencing on the 15th August 1998 with a 2-2 draw, running all the way until a 1-0 victory on the 13th April 2004. It was over a decade before United faced Leicester again, which was that 5-3 humiliation.