English Premiership

Leicester looking to take points from Solskjaer's United

2019-02-01 17:03
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Leicester City will look to halt a charging Manchester United when they host them at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.

The Foxes have a poor record of late, having earned just one Premier League victory in their last five outings. However, they have a habit of ramping up the intensity for the big games and have recorded wins over Manchester City and Chelsea this season, not to mention holding table-toppers Liverpool to a 1-1 draw at Anfield on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, United’s bright start under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was blemished somewhat with a draw at home against lowly Burnley. But given the fact that the Red Devils came from 2-0 in the 87th minute to draw and that it came off the back of six consecutive Premier League victories, we’d say the Old Trafford faithful are still smiling.

Much of Leicester’s hopes rest on the shoulders of Jamie Vardy. The striker has found the back of the net seven times and provided three assists this season and the club need him to be firing on all cylinders if they are to derail the United train.

At the other end of the park, Paul Pogba has proved himself a talisman of late, seemingly oozing with flair and confidence under Solskjaer.

The new United boss has been keeping tabs on Leicester and is under no illusions as to the challenge that awaits at King Power.

“I watched their game on Wednesday and it is a team full of energy and pace,” said the Norwegian.

“So of course, they defend well, because they drop back and defend, so it's hard to break them down and they've got the pace up front with [Jamie] Vardy, [Demarai] Gray, [James] Maddison, [Marc] Albrighton.

"Leicester beat Chelsea. So, it's going to be a tough challenge, but we like challenges."

In team news, Pogba appeared to take a knock in the draw against Burnley but has been at training. Speedster Anthony Martial missed the Burnley clash but is due back at training and could feature on Sunday. Centre-back Marcos Rojo remains the only man side-lined due to injury.

For Leicester, Daniel Amartey is still out with his broken ankle, but new signing Youri Tielemans of Belgium will likely make an appearance in front of the Foxes faithful.

 

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