Match Preview: Leicester City vs. Manchester United

After a few days off Manchester United head to the King Power Stadium for a Boxing Day matchup against second-place Leicester City.

Just one point separates third-placed United and second-place Leicester City so this is a very important matchup as City look to jump over the Foxes in the table.

United have had great success on Boxing Day. Since the Premier League came about in 1992 1992, United have played 26 league matches and have won an incredible 21 of those encounters, more than any other side.

A win on Saturday would be the Reds’ 11th consecutive league victory on the road, which would equal a Premier League record. Chelsea (April-December 2008) and Manchester City (May-December 2017) jointly hold that record at present.

Team News:

No team in the top half of the Premier League table has lost more matches than Leicester (five) this season, but the Foxes have recorded the joint-most wins with Liverpool (nine).

United’s Premier League form has been excellent, though, winning six of their last seven, remaining unbeaten in the process; a record of eight wins, two draws and three defeats from 13 matches has brought them 26 points, which is enough for third spot in the table with a game in hand.

There are doubts surrounding the fitness of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Scott McTominay, after they picked up respective injuries in the 6-2 victory over Leeds United, while long-term absentees Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo will miss the clash with the Foxes. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made nine changes for the Carabao Cup victory over Everton in midweek, which could be vital for this game.

As for the hosts, Rodgers has confirmed Jamie Vardy will be fit after he was withdrawn with a problem at the weekend. The game is likely to come too soon for Caglar Soyuncu, who hasn’t featured since October due to injury, while Ricardo Pereira remains on the sidelines.

Projected Lineup:

There will be changes from the side that triumphed in the EFL Cup, with Victor Lindelof, Fred, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw and David de Gea all expected to return.

Daniel James impressed against Leeds last weekend, but Mason Greenwood could be given the nod on the right, while Edinson Cavani is likely to drop to the bench despite the Uruguay international scoring a brilliant goal at Goodison Park during the week.

Manchester United possible starting lineup:

De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; Martial

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