By Dave Marshall
Manchester United entertain Leicester City in the third match day of the 2017/18 season hoping to continue our impressive form so far. The Red Devils have won our opening two matches of the season beating both West Ham and Swansea City 4-0 and will be looking to make it three out of three when Craig Shakespeare’s team visit Old Trafford on Saturday.
We will be confident given our excellent start and also the fact that Leicester have only won once in their last six travels dating back to last season put us in good stead for the victory.
Mourinho has almost a fully fit squad to choose from as Luke Shaw and Ashley Young both played for the U-23s in midweek against Swansea after recovering from injuries and are in contention for the match day squad. Only Zlatan and Marcos Rojo are long-term absentees as both players picked up knee injuries in a Europa League game against Anderlecht back in April.
Robert Huth and Vicente Iborra will miss out with foot and groin injuries respectively, while Kelechi Iheanacho is back in training but may not be rushed into this fixture and Harry Maguire will have a knock to his knee monitored. Jamie Vardy, Nampalys Mendy, Danny Drinkwater and Wes Morgan have all trained fully and should be available for selection.
Head to Head
United superb record against Leicester could come to play once again with United having won both matches last season, a 4-1 victory in the reverse fixture last season and 3-0 at the King power stadium. Overall, in the past seven matches since the Foxes returned back to the Premier League in 2014, United have won four, drawn two and lost just once, a thrilling 5-3 scoreline at the King Power in 2014/2015.
United will have too much for Leicester and should get a comfortable victory. However, a clean sheet may not be guaranteed as Leicester have the pace and power to threaten United’s backline that has proved miserly thus far this season. A 3-1 victory is predicted for United that will see us consolidate our position atop the league table.
Probable United lineup: De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Jones, Blind; Pogba, Matic; Mata, Mkhitaryan, Martial; Lukaku.
Probable Leicester lineup: Schmeichel; Simpson, Benalouane, Morgan, Fuchs; Mahrez, Drinkwater, Ndidi, Albrighton; Okazaki, Vardy.
The match kicks off at 5:30pm BST.