LVG Must Fix Man Utd's Defence Or Risk Leicester Embarrassment
After returning to winning ways against ‘Arry’s motley crew of World Cup semi-finalists, Championship top scorers, European loanees and Clint Hill, Manchester United face a likely sterner test against last season’s Championship winners and Nigel Pearson’s regen army - Leicester City. The home side strolled to the Championship title last season with a final total of 102 points - an incredible feat considering the fact that many of their players don’t actually exist.
They come into this game unbeaten at home in the league so far and with an away win under their belt. United are level on points and will look to end that coveted home record and gather a bit of momentum after last week’s hammering of QPR. Given the success they had slicing QPR open it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a similar side take to the field at the King Power stadium. All of Rafael, Daley Blind, Ander Herrera and Juan Mata impressed in the 4-0 win and should feature again on Sunday.
Despite the positives from their first win of the season, United were still found to be less than convincing at the back and will have to be weary of a Leicester side who have put two past Everton and one past Arsenal at home so far. They like to counter attack at speed and new striker, Leonardo Ulloa, has been the focal point of much of the good they’ve done so far this season. If United’s centre-halves can keep him quiet it will go a long way to preventing Leicester from scoring and banishing them back to future pub quiz obscurity.
Considering the tentativeness with which Robin van Persie has started the campaign, don’t be surprised to see a start for loanee Radamel Falcao. The Colombian will be eager to get his first goal and to score it against the son of a former United keeper will, well, probably mean nothing to him. Van Gaal’s lads will be heavy favourites going into the game but will have to be wary of a squad who are disciplined and more prepared then people may have expected prior to the season.
I expect Leicester to score, but United should nick this one. They’ll want to too, with much tougher tests not too far ahead, any points are welcome.