Manchester United v Leicester City tips: Spoils set to be shared at Old Trafford
The pressure is mounting on Mourinho and only victory on Saturday will do
September 22nd, 2016
Manchester United kicked off their season in style by winning the Community Shield at Wembley and going on to win their opening three league matches, however the juggernaut has since ground to a halt with successive Premier League defeats coming either side of a 1-0 loss to Feyenoord in United’s opening Champions League group game.
The Manchester derby saw the Red Devils outplayed for 45 minutes and this was followed in the league by a 3-1 hammering by Watford.
Would it be safe to say then that the Mourinho honeymoon has come to an end? We think so and it is a safe bet that Mourinho himself knows it too, the boss admitting to MUTV that the side need to improve both ‘collectively and individually’.
The Portuguese manager also defended Paul Pogba over his dismal performances for United since being signed for £89million, Mourinho saying to reporters: “I just want Paul to forget [about his huge fee] and to play his football. “[Having had] no pre-season, he had a very good impact in the first game and it’s normal that, after that, he has a little decrease. But I’m full of trust in him because I know the player he is; I know he’s a very good guy with a lot of ambition, so the form will come naturally. As the team improves, form improves.”
Should Pogba put in a decent performance in a United victory this weekend, it would certainly ease the pressure on Mourinho, however can they achieve this against the reigning Premier League champions? Leicester City haven’t impressed nearly as much as last season, however their 4-1 hammering to Liverpool was followed by an excellent 3-0 win over Brugge in their first ever Champions League outing and they were similarly dominant in their win by the same scoreline over Burnley at the weekend.
We wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest should the Foxes manage something from this match although it would hardly be a shock to see the Red Devils end their losing run at Old Trafford on Saturday and clinch the three points.
Nevertheless, the hosts will be anxious not to fall to a fourth successive defeat and Leicester City would doubtless be happy with a single point from what is a tricky outing. Both of the meetings between the sides ended all-square last season and as such we expect a similarly close match which will ultimately see the spoils shared at the final whistle.
The Red Devils have kept two clean sheets since the start of the season and they will find the going tough against a Foxes side who are having few problems finding the net. Leicester have kept a couple of clean sheets but the hosts are also scoring regularly therefore we’ll also be going for Both Teams to Score in this encounter.