Manchester United will host Champions League-chasing Leicester City at Old Trafford on Tuesday night. The Manchester United vs Leicester City bout is thus between the second-placed and fourth-place teams.
On Sunday, Manchester United came back to win 3-1 at Aston Villa, whereas Manchester City lost to Chelsea.
And now, United will hope to postpone City’s Premier League title celebrations once again with another win.
Meanwhile, Leicester’s top-four hopes were shattered by a humiliating 4-2 loss to Newcastle United.
Because United will also host Liverpool just 48 hours after this match, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have to work his players accordingly.
He has no choice but to make significant changes to his starting XI.
Captain Harry Maguire has anyway been ruled out against his former club on Tuesday. He sustained an ankle injury in Sunday’s 3-1 victory over Aston Villa.
Also, Solskjaer will likely save Edinson Cavani for the Liverpool match.
Against Leicester, Alex Telles, Eric Bailly, Axel Tuanzebe, David de Gea, Brandon Williams, and Donny van de Beek may start.
Juan Mata, and even Amad Diallo, may start as well.
Mason Greenwood was subbed off just after 60 minutes against Villa, indicating that he will play all 90 minutes here.
Manchester United possible starting lineup: Henderson; Tuanzebe, Lindelof, Bailly, Telles; Matic, McTominay, Van de Beek; Mata; Greenwood, Cavani
Leicester’s unexpected drop in form has come at the worst possible time for Brendan Rodgers.
Though Rodgers would like to save some players for the FA Cup final this weekend, he still needs to get points on the board to ensure a top four finish.
Jonny Evans will skip this match after getting injured in the warm-up prior to last week’s shock loss to Newcastle.
Ayoze Perez, Luke Thomas, Daniel Amartey, Nampalys Mendy, and Dennis Praet all have a chance to start at Old Trafford.
Jamie Vardy, on the other hand, may rest on Tuesday to better prepare for the Wembley showdown.
Leicester City possible starting lineup: Schmeichel; Amartey, Soyuncu, Fofana; Castagne, Ndidi, Tielemans, Thomas; Perez; Iheanacho, Vardy
- Manchester United clinched a top-four spot after West Ham fell to Everton following their own 3-1 victory over Aston Villa.
- They’ll still want to finish as close to Manchester City as possible. However, with four games in seven days, they’re dealing with an impossible schedule.
- Having just played Villa on Sunday, United will host Liverpool 48 hours after their game against Leicester on Tuesday.
- So, Leicester will reap the benefits of United’s fixture overload.
- Still, the Foxes are expected to appoint a second-string XI on Tuesday night. And they lost 4-2 at home to Newcastle last week.
Leicester has failed to break their Old Trafford curse in recent years.
And though they themselves have lost some nerve right now, there might be no better time to beat a tired Red Devils side.
On the hosts’ side, expect a slew of changes.
However, Man United now have plenty of depth, and they won’t come away with a loss.