Preview - Manchester United vs Leicester City 11 August 18

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Aug 09, 2018, 12:58 AM Last Edit: Aug 09, 2018, 01:12 AM by Harry85
Match Day 1
Manchester United vs Leicester City
Saturday, August 11th, 2018
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Old Trafford

Manchester United: 
Last five matches form: W W L D W
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.79
Average goals against per match 17/18: 0.74
Top Scorer 17/18: Romelu Lukaku (16)

Leicester City:
Last five matches form: D L L W L
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.47
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.58
Top Scorer 17/18: Jamie Vardy (20)

This weekend sees the much anticipated return of the Premier League. First up its José Mourinho's Red Devils at home to Leicester City.

Manchester United were much criticised in many quarters last season, and whilst they rarely lit up the league with their style of play, they were nevertheless pretty effective, finishing second only to an unstoppable Manchester City when all was said and done.

Leicester City meanwhile finished in a respectable ninth place and did play some lovely stuff under Claude Puel at times.

The season may not have even begun, but Manchester United are already looking a little banged up on the injury front. Nemanja Matic, Antonio Valencia, new signing Diego Dalot and Marcos Rojo are all definitely out, whilst the presence or otherwise of those to have taken part in the World Cup - the likes of Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba and Ashley Young - is yet to be confirmed. Big summer purchase, Fred, should make his Premier League debut though.

The World Cup looks to have taken a heavy toll on Leicester City's starting eleven here, with both top scorer Jamie Vardy and defensive rock, Harry Maguire, set to miss out. And of course there's no Riyad Mahrez following his departure to Manchester City.

United were generally reliable at home last season, winning 15 of 19, including this fixture 2-0.

Overall United may not be quite at full strength, but the Foxes absentees look more significant and the Red Devils should take the points here.

 Prediction: Manchester United 3 - 1 Leicester City


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots:  7 - 6
Shots on target: 6 - 4
Corner Kicks: 2 - 5
Possession: 42% - 58%

A booking in his first Premier League outing for Fred who was shown the yellow card along with Manchester United team mate Andreas Pereira and Leicester City's Daniel Amartey.

Leicester can count themselves a little unlucky to come away from Old Trafford with nothing, having had the lions share of possession and just about kept pace in the shot count.

It was United who flew out of the traps here though, taking the lead in just the third minute. Daniel Amartey deemed to have used his arm to block an Alexis Sanchez shot in the area. It looked a slightly controversial decision at first glance but ultimately Andre Marriner made the correct call. After a brief consultation with Sanchez it was Paul Pogba who stepped up to finish well into the top corner.

The remainder of the first half was pretty scrappy, Leicester threatening with balls int the area but the United back four standing firm.

The tension increased in the second half with chances falling to both sides. Romelu Lukaku probably having the best of them when clean through on goal, only to be denied by Kasper Schmeichel.

The second goal was always going to be crucial here and it was the home side who grabbed it in the 83rd minute. Luke Shaw initially appearing to mis control the ball in the area but latching on to it in the left hand side of the area to finish well into the bottom right corner.

Leicester did get their consolation goal though as time ran out. Jamie Vardy - who has a happy habit of scoring against the big sides - being in the right place at the right time to nod home when Ricardo Pereira's cross into the area came back off the post.

It was Jose Mourinho's men who stole the points though.

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