James CookeManchester United vs. Leicester City, Saturday 14th September, 15:00, Old Trafford. Manchester United look for their first win in three games against a Leicester City side that might be the prototypical team to upset the Red Devils.
Palace’s counter-attacks caused United frequent problems and in Leicester, United face a side who counter-attack as well as any team in the top flight short of Manchester City. The presence of Jamie Vardy means the United defence will not be able to rest for a moment, as one ball in behind the backline will set the forward free.
Vardy has three goals this season, including two in Leicester’s last outing, a home win over Bournemouth, and supply from the likes of James Maddison and Youri Tielemans should give him plenty of opportunities. Harry Maguire, who left Leicester for United over the summer, will need to keep a close eye on his old colleague.
United at least have been able to score at the other end with decent frequency. Only the league’s top two, Liverpool and City, have scored more than United’s seven in four games, and in Daniel James, United have a real gem of a player – one who has taken immediately to the Premier League.
The concern for Solskjaer – and the aim for Leicester counterpart Brendan Rodgers – should be that United get frustrated on the ball, unable to find a way through, and give up possession in dangerous areas. Midfield will be key, and how United use, retain and regain the ball will go a long way towards deciding the outcome.
Leicester will be prepared for that, and can expect to score at least once. There’s an air of fragility around United, which the Foxes can exploit and win 2-1.
It’s not that long ago that a Leicester win at Old Trafford would be a giant upset for the best online bookmakers. It’d still be a surprise, but not the earth-shattering one of a few years ago. But if Palace can do it, so can Leicester. There simply hasn’t been enough time for United to correct their flaws. 888Sport price an away win and BTTS at 15/2.
He’s in form, and he’s strong where United’s defence is week – for all Maguire’s qualities, if he has to turn and run towards his own goal in a footrace with Vardy, there’s only likely to be one winner. And David De Gea isn’t unbeatable in goal anymore, like he was in the past. Vardy anytime is 47/20 at 888Sport.
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