Match preview: United v Leicester


While the Foxes have an FA Cup final to look forward to against Chelsea on Saturday, the 2016 champions have stumbled in the league in recent weeks. United and Leicester were neck and neck for second place at the beginning of March, but, while we have taken 19 points from a possible 21 since, Rodgers’s men have slipped up with defeats to Manchester City, West Ham and – on Friday night – Newcastle, while a 1-1 home draw with 10-man Southampton could also prove costly in their bid for top four. The Foxes currently occupy fourth position and are five points clear of nearest challengers West Ham United, while Liverpool are also in the mix as they are a point further back but with a game in hand on both sides.


Although March’s 3-1 cup reverse at the King Power Stadium still stings, United actually have a good recent record against Leicester in the Premier League and are unbeaten in 12 since the Foxes won an eventful encounter 5-3 in the East Midlands in September 2014. You’d have to go all the way back to January 1998 for the last time City came away from Old Trafford with all three points, courtesy of a solitary Tony Cottee goal. United have won nine of the 11 league meetings in M16 since, including the last, when Marcus Rashford’s early penalty was enough to secure the win on a sun-soaked September day in 2019.


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