Manchester United will look to reignite their bid for a top-four finish in the Premier League with a win over Leicester City at Old Trafford on Saturday evening.


It’s been a rollercoaster season so far for Manchester United. They have not been in action since suffering a 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their last-16 Champions League, which saw them lose 2-1 on aggregate, but as they bid to salvage a top-four finish in the league, a win here is much needed. Despite a 3-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur in their last premier league outing, Ralf Ragnick’s men currently sit sixth in the table, four points behind fourth-placed Arsenal, who have a game in hand. Manchester United are with just one win in their last five games and will need to do more against a resilient Leicester side having failed to beat the Foxes in the last three meetings. Veteran striker Edinson Cavani is expected to miss out, having picked up a calf problem while on international duty. France duo Raphael Varane and Paul Pogba are both expected to be fit despite suffering small foot injuries recently. Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to lead the line alongside Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho. Predicted lineup: De Gea, Dalot, Varane, Maguire, Shaw, McTominay, Fred, Rashford, Fernandes, Sancho, Ronaldo.


Leicester were poised for a great season but they have been well short of that standard in 2021-22, currently sitting down in the 10th spot in the premier league table, 10 points off eighth-placed Wolves heading into this weekend’s fixtures, but they have three games in hand on both Wolves and seventh-placed West Ham. Goals from Timothy Castagne and James Maddison gave them a gritty 2-1 win over premier league newcomers Brentford before the international break. Leicester are also fighting for European silverware this term, having overcome Rennes to reach the quarter-finals of the Europa Conference League, and they will take on PSV Eindhoven over two legs this month. Leicester have the fourth-worst away record in the Premier League this season, but they have won their last three matches against the Red Devils in all competitions, including a 4-2 victory at the King Power Stadium in the Premier League back in October. They are also unbeaten in the last four games against Manchester United and have won the last three. Danny Ward, Jamie Vardy, Wilfred Ndidi, and Ryan Bertrand are out injured. Defensive duo Jonny Evans and Wesley Fofana are both available for selection. Predicted lineup: Schmeichel, Fofana, Evans, Soyuncu, Justin, Dewsbury-Hall, Tielemans, Castagne, Maddison, Iheanacho, Barnes.