Manchester United away record faces sternest test yet at Leicester City
Avoiding defeat at the King Power Stadium to Leicester City on Saturday will mean Manchester United extend their unbeaten away record to 30 Premier League games.
But with stadiums packed full with fans once again, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side aren’t having things their own way.
As so often has been the case during this unbeaten run and a common theme during the Norwegian’s reign, we’ve had to fall behind to kick into life.
But playing against Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester could be the most difficult challenge for a number of reasons….
No Maguire and Varane
United go into the clash against Jamie Vardy, the league’s joint top goalscorer (6), without our first choice centre back partnership.
Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly are quality back-up options, but the absence and reliability of Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane could unnerve the rest of the team.
Although Bailly has the pace to match Vardy and he could quite easily drop a defensive masterclass, he is also equally capable of producing a moment of madness.
Rodgers could well go for a 3-5-2 formation which means Lindelof and Bailly will have to deal with Kelechi Iheanacho as well with Youri Tielemans pulling the strings in midfield.
Wounded Foxes threat to United away record
Following the Newcastle takeover, Brendan Rodgers’ has been amongst the high-profile names linked with the St James’ Park hot seat if and when Steve Bruce is relieved of his duties.
After picking up the pieces following the 2016/17 triumph, Rodgers has built a quality team at Leicester and after a week of rumours, he’ll be eager to get back to the football.
Leicester haven’t hit the heights of previous years so far this campaign and with a big fixture straight after the international break, it could be the perfect fixture to ignite their season.
It will be a great atmosphere at the King Power and after drawing at Southampton, beating Wolves and West Ham this is arguably the toughest test of our unbeaten run so far.
The Foxes will also be buoyed by the fact they beat us on our last trip to the King Power which was a 3-1 defeat in the FA Cup quarter-final in March.
That loss was United’s last away defeat in a domestic competition.
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