Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s selection headache with Shaw, Pogba, Wan-Bissaka and Martial missing- Manchester United vs Leicester predicted teams


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Manchester United are on the hunt for their first victory since the opening weekend of the Premier League season when they host Leicester City on Saturday.

The Red Devils have not won since their 4-0 victory over Chelsea on August 11, but they will face a stiff test in the shape of Brendan Rodgers’ men – who currently occupy third in the table.

Daniel James has scored three goals in his first four games for Manchester United following his summer move to Swansea

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Daniel James has scored three goals in his first four games for Manchester United following his summer move to Swansea

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be without left-back Luke Shaw for Saturday’s clash.

The left-back had just started to consolidate his place in the first-team before being withdrawn from Man United’s 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace last month.

Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial are also unavailable through injury. The French duo are both expected to be return to fitness by the end of the month.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka is a doubt for the Old Trafford clash after suffering a lower back injury. The former Crystal Palace full-back may not be risked by his manager to prevent further injury.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka moved to Manchester United for £50million this summer after a stunning season for Crystal Palace

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Aaron Wan-Bissaka moved to Manchester United for £50million this summer after a stunning season for Crystal Palace

Therefore, Solskjaer has a difficult decision to make regarding his team selection in what is United’s first game since the completion of the international break.

Ashley Young is likely to come in for Wan-Bissaka at right-back and captain the side, while Marcos Rojo, Victor Lindelof and former Leicester man Harry Maguire are expected to make up the rest of the backline.

Nemanja Matic will come in for Paul Pogba, while Scott McTominay is expected to line up alongside him. Andreas Pereira should start on the right, with Daniel James hoping to continue his impressive form on the left-flank. Juan Mata should get things ticking for United as he takes up the no. 10 role.

Marcus Rashford is set to play in the lone striker role once more in the absence of Anthony Martial, with Mason Greenwood poised to make an impact from the bench.

There have been some question marks about Rashford’s ability to play as a traditional no. 9

Predicted Manchester United line-up

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There is no such injury crisis for Saturday’s visitors though, with Rodgers having a near fully fit squad at his disposal to choose from.

The back-four should remain largely the same as it has been so far this season, with Caglar Soiyuncu partnering former Man United centre-back Jonny Evans in defence.

Jonny Evans was Maguire’s team-mate at Leicester

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Jonny Evans was Maguire’s team-mate at Leicester

Ayoze Perez could feature against on the right-wing after missing out on Leicester’s last game against Bournemouth, while Harvey Barnes will have his eye on giving make-shift right-back Young his fair share of problems.

The pair should be joined Wilfried Ndidi, James Maddison and Youri Tielemans in a five-man midfield.

The Foxes are expected to line-up with Jamie Vardy as a lone-striker. The experienced striker has three goals to his name so far this campaign.

Predicted Leicester line-up:

Match stats

  • In the Premier League, Man United have played Leicester 26 times, winning 17 of those games, drawing seven and losing just two
  • Leicester will be hoping to continue their unbeaten run so far this season. ]
  • Since being beaten by Leicester in 1998, United have lost just one of their last 23 home games against The Foxes in all competitions
  • Man United have won six of their last seven games against Leicester in all competitions, including doing the double over them last season
  • Jamie Vardy has has scored 31 Premier League goals against the ‘top six’ since the start of the 2014/15 season, more than any other player.
  • Since Brendan Rodger’s first game as Leicester manager, only Manchester City and Liverpool have picked up more points than The Foxes.

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  • Man United defender Harry Maguire scored a 90th-minute equaliser in a 2-2 draw between the sides in December 2017, the last time The Red Devils dropped points to Leicester.
  • Man United haven’t lost a game immediately after the international break since September 2016 (2-1 v Manchester City)
  • Leicester have lost 17 Premier League games against Manchester United, more than against any other team
  • Leicester have been unable to keep a clean sheet in their last 10 Premier League fixtures away from the King Power Stadium.

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