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4-2-3-1 With Ronaldo, Malacia & Fred | How Man United’s Starting XI Could Look Like Against Leicester City

Leicester City vs Manchester United, Man United

Following a hard-fought victory against Southampton last weekend, Man United travel to Leicester this Thursday as Erik Ten Hag’s side look to earn their third consecutive victory following a poor start to the season. Having shown gradual improvement on the pitch in recent weeks, the Red Devils will be keen on maintaining their winning momentum moving into a congested run of fixtures.

Expected to marginally rotate his squad against the Foxes, Ten Hag will be looking for improvement in the team’s ability to control the game alongside dominating possession this Thursday. Facing a side yet to keep a clean sheet in the league hitherto, Man United will be looking to capitalise on a weakened Leicester defence; with the visitors hoping to gain consistency over the coming weeks.

Leicester City vs Manchester United
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With a couple of injuries to deal with, Ten Hag is likely to deploy a rotated line-up against Leicester. Anthony Martial and Victor Lindelof remain out of contention for the mid-week fixture, although the latter is expected to return soon, having trained once ahead of Thursday’s tie. Brandon Williams remains the only other absentee, while new signing Casemiro is expected to replace Scott McTominay in midfield against Brendan Rodgers’ side.

Probable Manchester United Starting Line-Up Against Leicester City


David De Gea (GK): Promising in his improvement on the pitch, De Gea will be keen on nailing down his place following the potential arrival of Martin Dubravka before the end of the transfer window. Expected to remain the first-choice goalkeeper for the foreseeable future, the Spaniard will be keen on delivering consistent performances moving forward.


Diogo Dalot (RB): Amongst the team’s most promising players in recent weeks, Dalot will be keen on maintaining his impressive form moving forward. Likely to remain a regular starter over the coming weeks, the full-back will be keen on contributing to the team’s prospects over the coming weeks.

Harry Maguire (RCB): With Raphael Varane likely to be rested for the tie, Maguire could potentially return to the starting line-up on Thursday. Having been displaced by the French centre-back, the England international will be keen on delivering a notable performance against his former club.

Lisandro Martinez (LCB): Having been United’s stand-out player since his arrival, Martinez will be looking to maintain his run of excellent form over the coming weeks. Expected to be involved in a majority of games over the congested fixture list, the Argentinian will be keen on continuing to improve the team’s prospects moving forward.

Tyrell Malacia (LB): Exceptional in his application on the pitch, Malacia will be looking to remain consistent over the coming weeks. Having delivered an excellent account of himself in recent outings, the Dutch full-back will be keen on nailing down a starting spot over the congested run of fixtures.


Casemiro (CDM): Amongst the most exciting signings this summer, Casemiro will be keen on delivering a notable display on Thursday. Expected to make his club debut against the Foxes, the Brazilian is likely catalyse United’s defensive performances moving forward.

Fred (CM): Having dropped to the bench following a poor start to the season, Fred is likely to slot in midfield ahead of Christian Eriksen for the Leicester City vs Man United fixture. Expected to add an air of tenacity in the midfield, the Brazilian will be keen on revitalising his performance alongside international teammates Casemiro over the coming weeks.


Jadon Sancho (RW): With new singing Antony unavailable at the weekend, Sancho is expected to retain his place on the right wing on Thursday. Having struggled to have a sustained impact in recent outings, the winger will be keen on delivering consistent displays moving forward.

Bruno Fernandes (CAM): Having shown an improvement in his discipline in possession since Ten Hag’s arrival, Fernandes will be keen on contributing to the team’s collective displays moving forward. Expected to retain his place despite the competition, the Portuguese international will be looking to remain an impactful presence over the coming fixtures.

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Marcus Rashford (LW): Although inconsistent, Rashford will be keen on improving having had a decent start to the campaign. With his starting spot uncertain following the arrival of Antony, the winger will be looking to significantly contribute to the team’s results moving forward.

Cristiano Ronaldo (ST): Likely to be granted a start after being named on the bench in recent outings, Ronaldo will be keen on delivering a notable performance against Leicester. With his future at the club uncertain, the striker will be keen on achieving his goal over the coming days.

Score Prediction:

Leicester City 0-2 Man United

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