After earning an inspiring draw at Camp Nou last week, Premier League action returns to Old Trafford as Manchester United face an energised Leicester City side today.
Manchester United will aim to continue their formidable form at home as they remain unbeaten in Old Trafford since the opening weekend of the season. Erik Ten Hag has massively contributed to recuperating a sluggish United side from last season and Old Trafford has again become a fortress for The Red Devils again.
The Dutch manager remains humble in his efforts and has refused to term his side as title challengers. United are only 8 points off league leaders Arsenal who cemented their position at the top yesterday after rivals Manchester City slipped away to Nottingham Forest.
Manchester United have lost only once in their last 16 matches since the return of club football from the World Cup. Forward Marcus Rashford has played an immense part in their resurrection and will aim to extend his current tally of 22 goals.
While United were expected to play the waiting game at Camp Nou to a starry Barcelona side, they were fearless in their approach as they took Xavi’s men head-on.
A catastrophe from the corner led to Marcos Alonso opened the scoring for Barca in the 50th minute. The Reds picked themselves up quickly and star man Marcus Rashford equalised the scores two minutes later by finding a gap in Ter Stegen’s near post from a tremendous angle.
Ten Hag’s men played on their momentum and although they had a few slip-ups in midfield, they took the lead in the 59th minute from a well-worked corner routine. Rashford was again the architect of the move as he carried the ball through to the Barca defence, sent it in and after a flurry of touches, it ended up in the net.
Barca equalised through Raphinha in the 76th minute and the advantage rests on United’s side as the tie will now be decided in Old Trafford.
Man United will aim to take all three points from Leicester to stay in contention for winning the Premier League title.
Meanwhile, today’s visitors, Leicester City have found inspired form in recent matches.
After experiencing a tough start to the season, Brendan Rodgers has finally pulled out his team from the relegation spots. The Foxes have won three of their last four matches and they had a formidable time in their recent fixture against Tottenham Hotspur which they won 4-1.
James Maddison has been crucial for The Foxes since his timely return from injury. Harvey Barnes and Kelechi Iheanacho have also been in top form in recent performances and the attack looks threatening for Leicester City.
Leicester hold a psychological edge over Manchester United as they have documented three wins and two draws in their last six meetings.
Their main problem would be in the defensive department though they have scored more goals than Newcastle United this season, their defence has let them down several times.
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Results from their last five league matches
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Manchester United: De Gea; Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Shaw; Sabitzer, Fred, Fernandes; Sancho, Weghorst, Rashford
Leicester City: Ward; Castagne, Souttar, Faes, Kristiansen; Mendy, Dewsbury-Hall, Maddison; Tete, Iheanacho, Barnes