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Leicester City V Manchester United
Sunday 21st September. 1:30PM. Sky Sports 1
Super Sunday commences with a fascinating fixture at the King Power Stadium as Nigel Pearson’s Leicester take on Louis van Gaal’s Red Devils.
The newly-promoted Foxes have made a brilliant start to the campaign but United enter this contest with new hope following last week’s 4-0 battering of QPR. However, the 13-time Premier League champions will expect a tougher ride against Leicester.
Whatever happens, we should be in for a thrilling spectacle.
Revitalised United Look For First Away Win
New boss Van Gaal suffered a tumultuous start to life at the Old Trafford helm but the international break seemed to work wonders as the club returned to pick up a stunning 4-0 win over an admittedly abysmal QPR.
Reverting back to a four-man defence paid dividends in last weekend’s win as did a diamond midfield, which allowed record signing Angel di Maria to shine with a heavenly home debut. Meanwhile, deadline day capture Daley Blind also put in a faultless performance and suddenly the Red Devils appear to be back on the road to recovery.
If Van Gaal can mastermind a first away win at Leicester then Manchester United fans will start to believe that a return to better times may be on the horizon.
The Old Trafford faithful was treated to a first glimpse at Radamel Falcao last week and the Colombian could make his first start for the club at the King Power. If he can link up with the likes of Robin van Persie, Juan Mata and captain Wayne Rooney, United will have a very frightening frontline indeed.
Questions still reain with regards to United’s defence but they do look a lot more solid with a flat back four. Meanwhile, the addition of Marcos Rojo will also undoubtedly help.
For the first time in long while there is a real buzz about the Red Devils. This should be another fascinating encounter involving English football’s biggest club.
Brave Foxes Prepared For Ferocious Fight
However, Manchester United will be all too aware that Leicester are performing above all expectations and the Foxes have already shown that they aren’t just in this league to make up the numbers.
Pearson’s side have already faced Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton and a return of two points from the first three games was a much better outcome than a quick glance may have suggested. Last weekend saw Leicester clinch a first victory of their Premier League campaign as Leonardo Ulloa’s goal gave them an impressive 1-0 win over Stoke at the Britannia.
That was Ulloas’s third strike of the season and the record signing from Brighton is already looking like a shrewd piece of business for Pearson’s side.
Regardless of whether they pick up a positive result here, Leicester see more than capable of beating the drop this season. Nevertheless, the Foxes will look to condemn the Red Devils to another disappointment here. We should be in for a thriller.
Leicester City V Manchester United Betting
The visitors enter Sunday’s showdown as the odds on favourites at 4/7 with Bet365, but fans of the home side may be interested in either the draw at 3s or a Leicester victory at 9/2.
It’s hard to tell from one result whether the Red Devils are back, but there is no denying that a sense of optimism has returned to Old Trafford.
Those attacking players will always get goals and are more than capable of putting on a great show on Sunday. Nevertheless, Leicester will play with positivity also and can cause problems for the United defence. Either way, we’re anticipating plenty of action from this crucial encounter.
As we predicted, last week was all about Angel di Maria but we’re backing this week’s headline maker to be someone that Van Gaal is far more familiar with.
Robin van Persie has been a little quiet so far this season but we all know what the flying Dutchman is capable of and we’re backing him to provide his close friend with a first away win as manager of Manchester United.