Manchester United have got to go after a jittery Leicester City defence
Manchester United will be heading to the King Power Stadium on Saturday to face a Leicester City side without Wilfred Ndidi and who are struggling defensively.
Brendan Rodgers’ side will be without their midfield rock after he picked up a hamstring injury last month during the Foxes’ 2-2 draw against Burnley.
But it has been the absence of former Manchester United defender Jonny Evans which has really hampered Rodgers’ team so far this season.
The 33-year-old has been dealing with plantar fasciitis, a problem in the foot, since he limped out of the FA Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley Stadium back in May.
United need to take advantage
Leicester’s vice captain didn’t travel with the Northern Ireland squad for the game against Switzerland and it looks unlikely that he will play any part against Bulgaria tomorrow either.
Evans has only managed 29 minutes of Premier League action this season and that was a substitute appearance against Manchester City.
He started his first game since the FA Cup final in the 2-2 Europa League draw against Napoli last month, but was replaced at half-time.
The Northern Ireland international came through the 90 minutes unscathed against Millwall in the Carabao Cup in September, but he hasn’t featured since.
Leicester won that game 2-0 and that was only their second clean sheet of the season. Their first came in the Premier League opener against Wolves where they won 1-0.
All out attack
But Leicester double the number of clean sheets Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have had this season.
And with injury concerns surrounding Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane, attack very much could be the best form of defence against Leicester.
Summer signing Jannik Vestergaard and Caglar Soyuncu have looked shaky this season and if they haven’t got the protective screen of Ndidi in front of them, they could be even more exposed on Saturday.
Timothy Castagne and Ryan Bertrand will probably be the full-backs unless Rodgers brings in Daniel Amartey to make it a back three.
But Solskjaer has got to set United up with an attacking intent from the first whistle.
That could mean Paul Pogba plays centrally alongside Scott McTominay with there being no Fred, with Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood, Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo in front.
We would also have Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and the returning Marcus Rashford available off the bench to make a difference.
Winning at Leicester to start a difficult run of games is crucial to rebuild confidence after a stop, start to the season.
Leicester haven’t won in the league in their last four since beating Norwich and United need to take advantage of their soft centre.
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