Man Utd v Leicester City - Saturday 12:30, Sky Sports 1
Man Utd were their own worst enemy against Watford, sloppy in possession and too narrow with Rashford, Martial and his replacement Young all drifting infield. Watford packed the centre of the park and made it difficult for Man Utd to find any rhythm in their play, with Ibrahimovic cutting an isolated figure up front.
Jose Mourinho is still searching for his best 11, and in particular how to get the best out of Paul Pogba. Against Watford, he switched to a 4-3-3 with Rooney and the Frenchman stationed either side of Fellaini, yet the change failed to have the desired effect as the midfield became congested, with neither Rooney nor Pogba particularly effective.
Leicester responded to their thrashing by Liverpool with two consecutive 3-0 victories against Club Brugge and Burnley. New signing Islam Slimani put the Foxes in cruise control against the latter and the early signs of link-up play between him, Vardy and Mahrez will have been encouraging for Claudio Ranieri. With his industry and pace, Slimani looks a perfect fit for Leicester and he also offers a threat from set pieces which will be particularly useful in breaking down teams that sit deep to prevent the counter-attack.
Mourinho might be tempted to leave out Danny Blind again in light of Slimani’s aerial prowess, but against Watford his ability to play the ball from the back was sorely missed. The alternative is to bring either Michael Carrick or Ander Herrera into midfield in order to dictate play from deep.
Both teams have scored in the five matches these two sides have played since Leicester’s promotion, with the champions having scored exactly one goal in their four most recent encounters. With Man Utd seeking more clarity in their play off the back of a testing period and their home advantage playing into Leicester’s counter attacking style, we think the Foxes will get something from this and the 1-1 correct score looks like good value at 8.0.