Man Utd: Can the Red Devils challenge for the title?
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is likely to make two changes to the side which beat Leeds 6-2 in their last Premier League game when they take on Leicester in a bumper Boxing Day clash. The Foxes are currently second in the league table and ahead of United by a solitary point. So we’ll now take a look at how they could line up for the showdown at King Power Stadium.
Goalkeeper: David De Gea
David De Gea was under pressure going into the season from Dean Henderson, after the Spaniard had made some poor errors and Henderson had impressed on loan at Sheffield United.
However, De Gea has been close to his best so far, while Henderson made an error in his second Premier League start for United against his former club and dropped back to the bench against Leeds.
Henderson did start in the 2-0 Carabao Cup quarter-final win over Everton but De Gea is expected to be given the nod ahead of him against Leicester.
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Defence: Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw
Solskjaer has favoured the pairing of Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire and they are likely to start against the Foxes, despite Eric Bailly looking good in the cup game against Everton.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka has missed just one league game this season and is in line for another start ahead of makeshift right-backs Axel Tuanzebe and Brandon Williams.
Solskjaer does have a difficult decision to make at left-back, with Luke Shaw and Alex Telles his main options.
Shaw is likely to get the nod, with the England international usually preferred against dangerous attacking opponents.
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Midfield: Pogba, Fred, Fernandes
Scott McTominay is expected to be absent after suffering a groin strain in the win over Leeds and it is unlikely that Solskjaer will risk him.
Paul Pogba could replace the Scotland international after looking good against Everton and will likely partner Fred in the centre of the park.
The Brazilian has been a regular in the Premier League this season, starting ten of United’s 13 games so far.
Bruno Fernandes will once again occupy the number 10 position, with the playmaker key to United’s chances of success.
Attack: Greenwood, Martial, Rashford
Daniel James started on the right against Leeds but, despite scoring United’s fifth goal, Solskjaer may opt to drop him to the bench in favour of Mason Greenwood.
Greenwood formed a fearsome attacking trio with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford during United’s excellent end to last season and Solskjaer will be hoping they can help put Leicester to the sword.
Martial has struggled in front of goal this season and could be replaced by Edinson Cavani after his excellent strike against Everton but, Solskjaer is likely to persist with Martial given that Cavani played the full 90 minutes in the Carabao Cup just three days before the Boxing Day clash with Leicester.
Rashford is expected to round out the attacking trio and he will be looking to add to his five Premier League goals.
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