EPL Preview: Manchester United v Leicester City – 26th August – Old Trafford – 17:30 hrs
Jose Mourinho's men have turned in one of the best starts the club has witnessed in eons. Beating West Ham and Swansea City in their initial two outings of the 2017-18 Premier League season. They did this by identical margins of 4-0 and 0-4.
Manchester United Player Form
Romelu Lukaku is beginning to show why the £75 million splurged on him has been well spent. The ex-Everton striker has already got three goals from his two outings so far.
Paul Pogba, who was major drain on the club last season (£100 million) seems to have got his act together. He is gelling wonderfully with Lukaku, much to the relief of United fans.
For once all the components of the United attack are functioning in full flow. Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Emile Rashford, Pogba and Anthony Martial have been all over the opposition defenses and helped themselves to goals.
Leicester Player Form
But there are heartening signs that the Foxes are finding the same kind of flair that made them Premier League champions two seasons ago.
Riyad Mahrez was superb in both of Leicester outings so far. He had a hand in most of the goals the Foxes have scored so far. There are rumors circulating of an impending move to Roma. However such fears have been laid to rest by Shakespeare who has expressed supreme confidence in Mahrez's commitment to the club.
A worry for the Foxes going into Saturday's clash could be the threat of injury to Vardy. The striker was seen limping off towards the end of the Brighton clash, a match the Foxes won 2-0.
Kelechi Iheanacho, the £25 million acquisition from Manchester City is recovering from a toe injury. He should be fully fit to play a striker's role.
Islam Slimani who was inflicted a gruesome gash in a pre-season friendly against Wolverhampton Wanderers in July played for about 15 minutes in the Brighton game but whether he will be able to feature in the starting XI against United is another matter.
Shinji Okazaki, who scored for the Foxes in both their Premier league outings looks a certainty. He will have to shoulder goal-scoring opportunities big time if Vardy misses out on Saturday.
Danny Drinkwater, a key player in the mid-field looks a doubtful starter. So does Robert Huth at the back. Which is why Leicester's weakness in the defensive and mid-field space is likely to persist and provide ample opportunities for United's avaricious attackers to capitalize on.
Manchester United v Leicester City Match Verdict
The last win the Foxes registered against United was way back in September 2014 at the King Power stadium. However they haven't been able to make any headway in the six games after that. In fact their previous two encounters were heavy defeats of 4-1 and 0-3. Craig Shakespeare's men will have to pull up something extraordinary if they are to make a match of it at Old Trafford on the evening of August 26th.