A tough test awaits for Solskjaer’s new look Manchester united side, can they continue their fantastic form as they travel to the King Power stadium to play a Leicester side who have just one win in their last five league games.
Foxes relish the big games
Leicester come in to this game off the back of an excellent 1-1 draw away to Liverpool. The foxes stood firm and got forward when they had their opportunity to, Harry Maguire’s goal on the stroke of half time was enough to hold on to for the second half.
Claude Puel’s side have produced some remarkable results against the top sides in the league this season, their point at Anfield adds to a home win against Manchester City and a 1-0 away win at Chelsea.
The results against bigger sides have taken the focus away from some of Leicester’s poorer results, and have arguably spared Puel from the sack. They have taken disappointing losses against Cardiff, Southampton and Crystal Palace since December and also went out of the FA Cup to League 2 Newport County.
Fancy another big Leicester performance to inflict Solskjaer’s first defeat as United manager? They’re priced at 3.75 to win the match.
The shackles are off for United
Aside from their last outing against somewhat of a bogey team in the form of Burnley, United have won every game since Solskjaer took over. They are unbeaten in all competitions, scoring an average of 2.7 goals a game under the instruction of their former striker.
Solskjaer has given his players freedom, and allowed them the opportunity to express themselves out on the pitch. No player reflects this faith more than Paul Pogba, six goals and four assists from the World Cup winner have helped to drive The Red Devils up the table. He has displayed the mountains of ability that we saw at Juventus and in the summer for his national side. Pogba’s power and physicality makes him incredibly effective in forward areas, when given the freedom to play there. The defensive guard of Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic have allowed the Frenchman to join up as part of the attacking unit, rather than being given defensive responsibility as he was under Mourinho. Defending isn’t his game, but as a an attacking player with such athleticism he has given United a whole new dynamic; allowing them to defend from the front.
Pogba to continue his revival and score in this game can be found at 7.5 first or 3.0 any time.
Pace pace pace
This new look Manchester United team has been designed around speed, and built to take advantage of any opening to spring in to life and launch an attack. The goal against Tottenham was indicative of this, a lose pass intercepted and then immediately arrowed in to the path of Marcus Rashford by Pogba before being expertly dispatched by the in form England forward.
Solskjaer has dropped players that slow the game down, regardless of their quality. Such as Juan Mata, a favourite at Old Trafford but he lacks the speed to press and get past players that the likes of Lingard, Rashford and Martial possess.
Leicester could suffer greatly at the hands of United’s speed and energy, due to a lack of pace in their own team, particularly in central defence with Harry Maguire and former United man Jonny Evans. Pereira and Chilwell provide cover in the full back areas, but United may look to exploit the gaps between them and the centre backs. Lingard is excellent at playing between the lines, his movement combined with Pogba’s playmaking opens the game up to Martial and Rashford. Both will fancy their chances at getting in behind the Leicester back line. If the forwards can fire, United will be in for a good night, a win for the visitors is priced at 2.15.
Go for goals
Manchester United’s games have averaged the highest in the Premier League at 3.46 a game, level with Arsenal. Leicester’s games also average a very decent 2.5 goals. There has also been over 1.5 goals in 92% of United’s games this season, and 75% of Leicester’s.
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.8
Marcus Rashford to score anytime @ 2.62
Manchester United draw no bet @ 1.45