A week is a long time in football and a positive result at Leicester can dispel the gloom at Manchester United very quickly. A win will see them hit the top of the league, regardless of other results, and if that doesn’t motivate the players nothing will.
Of Leicester, Louis van Gaal told MUTV before his weekly press conference:
“I don’t think anybody has expected that [Leicester to be top], even Leicester themselves. But they are deserved at number one because points are the most important thing; goals are important, but winning points is more important.”
Asked in the conference itself if he would consider signing Jamie Vardy:
“That is not your business, I think.”
He also spoke about the loan move for James Wilson:
“I have not always chosen him in the selection, and I think for him it’s better to play at his age than sit on the bench or play in the second squad. In the short term, maybe it’s not so good for Manchester United, but in the long term it’s better. It is part of the development of a player.”
Of Manchester United’s general form Louis van Gaal said:
“If we weren’t creating chances I’d be worried, but we are and we don’t give too much away – normally our results are good,”
Neither Ander Herrera or Phil Jones are available for this one. Carrick is doubtful and Valencia, Shaw and McNair are out.
We are hoping that Manchester United can at least give a rousing performance against Leicester. The two sitting midfielders are partly to balme for a alack o adventure in this team and, although Louis van Gaal will probably stick to that formula for this tough away game, we would like to see a more attacking midfielder next to an anchorman in front of the defence as the season goes on.
Here is how we think Manchester United will line up for the game of the weekend, with Memphis possibly getting another confidence boosting outing ahead of Jesse Lingard.
Prediction: Leicester 1 Manchester United 2