Jose Mourinho will seek redemption against premier league champions Leicester City at lunch time today after leading Manchester United to back-to-back defeat against Manchester City and Watford.
The Portuguese endured a horrible eight days at the helms with three consecutive defeats in all competitions following a 1-0 defeat in Netherlands to Feyenoord in the Europa League.
However, the Red Devils managed to regain a little confidence with a 3-1 victory against League One side Northampton in the EFL Cup courtesy goals from Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera, and Marcus Rashford and will hope to carry the form into the game against the Foxes.
But one major problem is that the Claudio Raneiri led side are gradually returning to form thanks to the resurgence of current premier league Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez.
Leicester City defeated Club Brugge (in their Champions League debut) and Burnley 3-0 respectively before losing out on extra-time in the EFL Cup against Chelsea where they rested seven first team stars.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Manchester United
The 34-year-old Swede has taken to the premier league like duck on water and has three goals in five matches for the Red Devils.
He has scored 12 goals from six consecutive home matches and Mourinho will hope he produces the goods when Raneiri’s men come calling at Old Trafford.
Riyad Mahrez – Leicester City
This tricky Algerian star seems to have found his form back and announced himself with a UEFA Champions League brace as the Foxes marked their debut with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Belgium side Club Brugge.
He mesmerized Burnley defenders last week as he had a hand in two of the three goals scored and was just unfortunate not to get on the score sheet in that one as fellow countryman Islam Slimani grabbed a brace on his debut.
Leicester City first choice goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is a huge doubt for the game as he is still struggling with a muscle problem and German Zieler is expected to start in goal.
Manchester United will be without Anthony Martial for this game but will be confident heading into the encounter having won the first meeting between the two sides when they lifted the Community Shield at the expense of the Foxes.
Luke Shaw and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have both returned after groin and thigh injuries respectively but Phil Jones is out.
Manchester United probable XI: De Gea, Smalling, Bailly, Valencia, Blind, Carrick, Pogba, Rashford, Mata, Rooney, Ibrahimovic
Leicester City probable XI: Zieler; Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs; Mahrez, Drinkwater, Amartey, Albrighton; Slimani, Vardy
Jose Mourinho (Manchester United): “They won the Premier League because some of the big teams were not good enough last season, but they won because they were very good and they are still very good.
“Their defensive process is clear, their attacking organisation is very easy to understand, too, but it is very difficult to cope with it.
“It is very difficult to keep a clean sheet against a team like Leicester and it is difficult to score goals against a team like Leicester.”
Claudio Raneiri (Leicester City): “We are fearless. Why are we scared to go there? More than lose, what can we do there? “I enjoy – 70,000 people is amazing, fantastic. I don’t want to go when there is just you and me to play. It is a very bad show.
“When you go in this big stadium you want to show your best.”
Manchester United have scored in each of their last 14 premier league matches against Leicester City, netting 33 goals in the process. Will the Foxes stop the Red Devils from continuing that run against them later today? They are well capable to do so. Prediction: Manchester United 2-1 Leicester City.