Leicester City vs Manchester United – Sunday 21st September, 13:30pm
The Reds travel to The King Power Stadium on Sunday to take on an in-form Leicester City side who have taken 4 points from their last two games. United will be looking to build on last week’s impressive performance against QPR and start to cement a challenge to get back into the top four.
The key question on most supporters lips will be if Radamel Falcao is handed his first start in a red shirt. As for injuries, the squad is very much in the same shape as last week aside from the positive news that centre-back Chris Smalling is set to return from injury. Van Gaal has admitted that he has a real dilemma on his hands in the attacking department and Adnan Januzaj’s hat-trick for the u21’s midweek will have done his chances no harm. Here’s how United could line-up on Sunday:
David Ge Gea will start in-between the sticks again without a shadow of a doubt. The Spaniard will be looking to keep his third successive clean sheet in a row as the Red’s look to make it back to back wins.
I expect the manager to continue with four at the back following last Sunday’s success and he could well go with the same playing staff as well. Jonny Evans and young Tyler Blackett should continue in the heart of the defence with Rafael Da Silva in at right-back again and the impressive Rojo keeping Luke Shaw from his debut again at left-back. I have a feeling that Luke Shaw may be handed his debut the following week at home to West Ham United.
Both Daley Blind and Ander Herrera should be confident of retaining their places in the engine room of United’s midfield as the pair both put in superb performances last weekend and seemed to conjure up an good relationship adding much needed balance to the side. Juan Mata was also in impressive form against QPR last Sunday as he grabbed his second goal of the season, expect him to get the nod again in front of the pair.
The position in which everyone is again eagerly anticipating as to who will take to the field. Angel Di Maria should almost be guaranteed a start after two impressive first two games in a red shirt and a man of the match award last weekend. Expect the Argentine to start from the left but operate in a fairly versatile role. Club captain and the seemingly undroppable Wayne Rooney will probably feature, most likely operating more towards the right but again being given a licence to roam. In the number ten role I have a feeling Radamel Falcao will be handed his full debut after Robin Van Persie seems to be still struggling to regain full match fitness.
Predicted Starting XI:
1. De Gea;
2. Rafael, 37. Blackett, 6. Evans, 4. Rojo;
26. Herrera, 8. Mata;
10. Rooney 7. Di Maria;