Man Utd will face the second game of a three-game Premier League race in the space of five days as Leicester City travel to Manchester tonight.
United’s postponement of Liverpool’s game earlier this month due to fan protests at Old Trafford has caused a build-up of games for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men.
United fought back to win 3-1 at Aston Villa on Sunday but lost Harry Maguire to a rare injury that threatens to keep Solskjaer’s captain out of action for Game 2.
The Red Devils face a quick turnaround against a Leicester side who are out of shape but need points on the board to secure Champions League qualification – a goal United have already achieved.
With Liverpool’s revamped game on Thursday, Solskjaer made 10 changes to his starting XI tonight – with Anthony Elanga and Amad Diallo starting in attack – as he seeks to avoid fatigue and injury ahead of the Europa League final against Granada on May 23.
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Nice job from Vardy on the right to crush a United player, but Matic is alert to intercept in his own area and clear a corner.
Such details the corner and is awarded a free kick after being caught by Ndidi. The Portuguese left-back got caught in the head and needs treatment.
It’s new to see De Gea start a Premier League game at Old Trafford as a second-choice goalkeeper, but it tells you a bit about how strange this season has been.
3 minutes: United play the ball behind their backs, trying to play – Leicester press very high.
Leicester put up with a back three – that’s another big test for a missing Jonny Evans defense, especially after conceding fur at home to Newcastle on Friday night.
Elanga started on the left, with Mata in the center, Amad on the right, and Greenwood at the top.
We are underway at Old Trafford.
Here are the teams. This United XI are actually a second string team, but fans have been waiting for a while to see figures like Amad, Elanga and Van de Beek – it’s a big chance for them.
The camera pans across the stands and Maguire is up there on crutches.
Premier League table
A quick reminder of what the Premier League table looks like right now. United have confirmed their top-four placement, but there is still work to be done for Leicester – especially with such a difficult race.
United also have every hope of catching Man City in the title race, but if they lose today City will be confirmed as champions.
Cantona supports Solskjaer for success
Eric Cantona has supported former team-mate Solskjaer to build on what he learned from Sir Alex Ferguson and lead Manchester United to another Premier League title.
The Frenchman, who won the league four times – including two doubles – during his four and a half years at Old Trafford in the 1990s, is convinced that, as Pep Guardiola did under Johan Cruyff at Barcelona, Solskjaer has gleaned what he needed from the Scotsman during his playing days and he can now mount a serious challenge to spanish team Manchester City.
Cantona told Sky Sports News: “It’s important to win all kinds of trophies, and United still have a chance to win the league – but a small chance.
“But in the near future, I hope they can win the championship next year. Now they’ve found someone like Ole, who was a player when Alex Ferguson was manager – like Guardiola was a player when Johan Cruyff was Barcelona manager. “
“He learned a lot from Johan Cruyff and he became a great manager with the same kind of footballing identity, the same football philosophy.
“Ole was a player when Alex Ferguson was around and he learned a lot. He had the chance to play with Alex Ferguson – like me, but I decided to do something else, and other players too.
“Ole decided to become a manager, so I think it’s great to have a manager today who knows the identity of this club, the philosophy and the DNA.
“He has this club’s DNA and he learned a lot from Alex Ferguson, so I can’t wait for United to win the league again – and it will be soon. “
Maguire Injury Update
As for Harry Maguire, the United captain is missing his first Premier League game since joining Leicester in 2019 after injuring his ankle in Sunday’s comeback win at Villa Park.
However, United boss Solskjaer told MUTV ahead of the game: “Obviously we’ve had scans and the good news is there isn’t a fracture.
“(These are) ligament injuries and I hope we see him again this season. I hope to be ready for the final (of the Europa League). “