Manchester United will get another chance to try and capitalise on Leicester ace's absence
Manchester United’s first game after the March international break sees Leicester City come to Old Trafford.
The Reds will be hoping for a different outcome compared to the last time we faced the Foxes after an international break.
In the first match after the international break back in October, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red Devils lost 4-2 at the King Power Stadium despite taking a 1-0 lead.
Brendan Rodgers’ side were without their midfield rock Wilfred Ndidi that day, who missed out due to a hamstring injury, and it looks like the Nigerian is set to miss both games against Manchester United this season.
Ndidi was withdrawn on the hour mark in Leicester’s clash in Rennes on Thursday night.
The Foxes manager said Ndidi’s issue was a knee complaint and he expects Leicester’s number 25 to be out for a “few weeks.
Rodgers said: “Wilfred Ndidi, we just have to assess him. He may have picked up an injury which may keep him out for a few weeks, which is a shame.”
Leicester travel to the Theatre of Dreams in 11 days time and judging by Rodgers’ timescale, it’s highly unlikely that the Nigerian international is going to be available against Ralf Rangnick’s side.
In Leicester’s 2-1 win against Brentford on Sunday, it was Nampalys Mendy who partnered Youri Tielemans in midfield.
Back in October, it was Boubakary Soumare who partnered the Belgian against United, so it will be interesting to see how Rodgers sets his side up for the reverse clash.
United’s midfield pairing that day was Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic. It would be a surprise to see Rangnick follow in Solskjaer’s footsteps and go with that pairing.
Fred missed the game at Leicester because he had started a World Cup qualifier in the early hours of the day prior to the clash, and Scott McTominay came on to replace the Serbian in the closing stages.
Brazil’s last game of the current international break takes place in the early hours of next Wednesday morning, so United’s number 17 will be hoping to return in time for the 5.30pm kick-off on the Saturday.
If Fred and McTominay are fit and available then it’s highly likely that Manchester United’s interim boss will opt to start the industrious pair against a Leicester side that will once again be missing the influential Wilfred Ndidi.
Manchester United failed to take advantage of the former Genk man’s absence last time out following a lackadaisical display, but they look like they will get another chance in eleven days time.