There are some mouthwatering Premier League fixtures coming up this weekend, and the games kick-off with an excellent looking clash between champions Leicester City, and Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United. The home side are still getting used to life under their new coach, whereas Claudio Ranieri’s men are adjusting to the added rigour of playing in Europe.
Manchester United started off like a house on fire, winning their first three games and throwing a real marker down to the rest of the Premier League. The last fortnight or so have been completely different, however, and they’ve lost three key games in a small space of time.
Leicester City have gone the other way. They started slowly but the pace has been picked up since the first couple of games, and they’ve looked rather good – particularly in their emphatic European victory away at Club Brugge.
As always, they’ll be several key battles to watch out for all over the park, and the tactical battle on the touchline will also be an interesting watch. We’ve decided to pick out three things to watch out for throughout this game, and these situations could prove to be where the game is won and lost for both teams.
Manchester United’s left-back situation
This really feels like Jose Mourinho’s biggest choice of the weekend. Luke Shaw is rated as 50/50 to feature, but let’s not forget that the self-proclaimed Special One was rather critical when asked about the 21-year-old in his post-match press conference.
If the Portuguese coach decides to drop Shaw, then his other options aren’t all that desirable. First up you have Marcos Rojo, who is just an awful football player. His awareness on the field is borderline non-existent, and I’m not really sure what he offers the team.
Jamie Vardy’s pace burning United’s defenders
The forward has been nothing short of stunning over the last twelve months. Last season will go down in history for the Englishman, so-much-so there is a film being made about him and his story.
Manchester United have always struggled with pace on the counter-attack due to their relatively slow centre-backs. Although Eric Bailly has changed that somewhat, Vardy will no doubt hurt Daley Blind if he is deployed as a centre-half in this one.
Wayne Rooney; Will Jose start him?
We have all been watching Wayne Rooney do absolutely nothing for Manchester United thus far. Honestly, the 30-year-old forward looks washed up and totally finished at the highest level, but for some reason, managers just keep selecting him to play in the bigger games.
Will Jose Mourinho stick with his club captain once again? I’m not sure. He did play a full ninety minutes against Northampton Town in the middle of the week, so that could mean the 53-year-old planned on benching him all along.
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