Preview & Prediction: Manchester United vs Leicester City

With the depth in attacking quality at Louis van Gaal’s disposal it seems almost scandalous that Manchester United have only managed 5 goals since Boxing Day. To make it even worse, strikers have scored only 2 of those goals.

However, these minor droughts to occur at the best of times. They’re entirely natural and affect nearly every football team from time to time. They’re just a bit annoying, that’s all. The key to ending these unwelcome dry spells is a nice home game against a team rooted to the bottom of the table and an FA Cup home replay against a League 2 side. These next two matches are wonderfully convenient for a team full of attacking prowess that keeps un-habitually misfiring.

Manchester United haven’t set the world alight in 2015 so far. Despite the fact that Louis van Gaal’s team have only conceded twice since the start of the year performances have looked shaky and agitated – Manchester United are yet to produce a completely dominant display in 2015 like the ones we saw against Newcastle and Hull not so long ago.

This upcoming encounter with Leicester is the ideal time for Manchester United to dominate a match from start to finish. The visitors have only managed to pick up 6 points and score 11 goals since their 5-3 victory over Louis van Gaal’s side all the way back in September, who now find themselves rock bottom of the Premier League table.

Nigel Pearson’s side has only managed 2 wins on the road this season and hasn’t won at Old Trafford since 31st January 1998. 17 years to the day, Leicester will arrive at Old Trafford with a unique chance of doing a double over Manchester United. Imagine the bottom side in the League beating you home and away in the same season? It would be horrifically Manchester United-esque.

If Leicester are to achieve a double over Manchester United, something that hasn’t happened since 1973, they’ll have to do it without Kasper Schmiechel, Chris Wood, Matthew James, Liam Moore, Dean Hammond and Riyad Mahrez. Matthew Upson is a doubt.

Louis van Gaal isn’t belittled by a hoard of injuries this week, only Ashley Young is certain to miss out. Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling are doubts. Everyone else is available.

This upcoming fixture provides a fantastic opportunity for a team that currently seems slightly bereft of confidence to restore their goalscoring knack once again. A high scoring win against a side seemingly doomed for relegation would be most welcome.

 

Prediction: Manchester United 4-0 Leicester City