Manchester United, who sealed their 2021-22 UEFA Champions League group stage spot after West Ham United’s defeat over Everton on Sunday, squares off against fourth-placed Leicester City at Old Trafford tonight. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men came back from a goal down to win 1-3 against Aston Villa in their last league fixture, while Leicester City was humbled 2-4 by Newcastle United.
Mason ‘in-form’ Greenwood
Teenage sensation Mason Greenwood has found form at the fag end of the season. He struck a brace in the 3-1 win over Burnley and scored against Brighton, Tottenham Hotspur, and Aston Villa. Greenwood’s teammate Bruno Fernandes, who grabbed 13 points against Aston Villa, ended a five-match goalless run in the league after converting a penalty on Sunday. The Portuguese scored a goal and picked up an assist in the last meeting between Manchester United and Leicester City in the league.
Erratic Leicester City
Newcastle United inflicted Leicester City their tenth defeat of the season. The Foxes, who dropped to fourth in the points table, need to pick up seven points from their last three games or should hope West Ham United, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, and Everton drop points to ensure a top-four finish. Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers will be hoping his backline can keep Manchester United attacking players at bay.
Previous meeting: LEI 3-1 MUN (in FA Cup) (Goalscorers: K Iheanacho (2) & Y Tielemans; M Greenwood)
Manchester United won five of the last six league fixtures against Leicester City played at Old Trafford
Jamie Vardy’s first-ever English Premier League goal came in Leicester City’s 5-3 victory over Manchester United in the 2014-15 season
Leicester City won ten of their 17 games played away from home in the league this season
At Old Trafford, Marcus Rashford has scored three goals against Leicester City from five league appearances
Leicester City hasn’t kept a clean sheet against Manchester United since the 1997-98 season
English Premier League 2020-21 stats
Top Goalscorer: MUN – B Fernandes (17 goals); LEI – J Vardy (13 goals)
Most Assists: MUN – B Fernandes (11 assists); LEI – J Vardy (9 assists)
Most Clean Sheets: MUN – D De Gea (9 clean sheets); LEI – K Schmeichel (11 clean sheets)
MUN: H Maguire (injured), A Martial (injured), D James (injured), P Jones (injured)
LEI: J Evans (injured), H Barnes (injured), J Justin (injured), W Morgan (injured)
Parameswaran Sankaranarayan is a sports enthusiast who has worked in print, website, and other digital platforms. He was part of the editorial team of first-ever Indian football-based website - IndianFootball.com (now defunct) - and passionately follows the latest happenings in world football. During his time as a journalist, he had the opportunity to interact with some of the iconic personalities in Indian sports and witness some memorable moments in Indian football.
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