Manchester United face Leicester City in tonight’s Premier League game at the King Power Stadium.
The Red Devils started the season with back-to-back losses, but have since registered two straight wins.
They will be aiming for a third against the Foxes, who are currently lying in the drop zone.
United can go within one point off the final Champions League spot with a victory tonight.
David de Gea has been an undisputed starter in goal this term despite a couple of blunders. The Spaniard should start between the sticks, but will have competition in future games with the arrival of Martin Dubravka on loan from Newcastle United.
In front of him, it should be a familiar backline from the last two victories. Diogo Dalot produced a stellar display against Southampton last weekend with a sublime cross for Bruno Fernandes’ winner while making a clearance off the line at the end.
The Portuguese should be a confirmed starter at right-back and the same can be said for Tyrell Malacia on the other end. The Dutchman has yet to make an impact in the final third, but has excelled defensively, winning key challenges in the process.
Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez are now the preferred centre-back pairing. Varane has been solid when it comes to winning aerial duels while Martinez has been effective in clearing his lines as well as making key tackles in and around the box.
In midfield, there should be an expected change with Scott McTominay being replaced by new signing Casemiro. The Brazilian featured off the bench in his debut last weekend, but should be trusted from the off before the big game against Arsenal on Sunday.
Casemiro is likely to operate as the sole defensive midfielder with Bruno Fernandes and Christian Eriksen continuing in front of him. Fernandes did not have the best of games at St Mary’s last time around but made the difference with a superb goal on the volley.
The front three should be identical to recent outings. Antony has not been registered in time for the game and he could potentially make his debut against Arsenal. Jadon Sancho and Anthony Elanga should continue in the wide attacking positions.
Erik ten Hag refused to categorically rule out Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit yesterday but said that the Red Devils need more quality to maintain consistency. The Portuguese looks set to stay until January at least.
Despite this, we don’t see him starting over Marcus Rashford. The England star has been playing with a renewed confidence in recent games and could be tasked to lead the line with his pace while Ronaldo could be called upon during the closing stages.
Expected Man Utd line-up vs Leicester City
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