Tried and tested: Predicted Manchester United lineup to face Leicester
Manchester United travel to face Leicester City on Sunday afternoon looking to maintain their unbeaten record under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
In midweek, Solskjaer had the opportunity to become the first Premier League manager to win his opening seven matches in charge of a new club, but United could only scramble a 2-2 draw against Burnley.
Solskjaer’s team selection was a huge factor behind an abject first half display, topped off by some poor defending in the second period.
His tinkering killed the momentum and tempo of the side and the onus is on the Norwegian to right that wrong at the King Power Stadium; which he will do if he picks this starting eleven…
Goalkeeper and back four
David de Gea is a dead cert to start in goal and after scoring his first goal for the club in stoppage time against Burnley, Victor Lindelof will also begin the match.
Ashley Young and Luke Shaw have emerged as first-choice full-backs and Phil Jones looks to be ahead of Eric Bailly in the pecking order – for some reason – and should keep his place despite Chris Smalling’s return from injury.
Central midfield three
Andreas Pereira was granted a rare start on Tuesday, but was at fault for the first goal and – understandably given it was his first league start since August – looked rusty.
United also lacked energy so Ander Herrera should be recalled, while Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba have been guaranteed selections of late, although Fred will be pushing hard for a start.
Solskjaer confounded our prediction for his front three against Burnley; fielding Juan Mata on the right, Marcus Rashford on the left with Romelu Lukaku through the middle.
The lack of pace and creativity was frightening and Solskjaer simply has to revert back to the front three that has terrorised sides under Solskjaer; Jesse Lingard on the right, Anthony Martial wide on the left, with Rashford restored to the centre forward role.
Martial was absent in midweek but Solskjaer said of the Frenchman, “he got a slight injury in training but hopefully he’ll be back for [the Leicester game].”