How Manchester United should line up vs Leicester

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Manchester United will have to shuffle their pack against Leicester, as another big Premier League game comes this way this evening.

United take on Brendan Rodgers’ Champions League hopefuls at Old Trafford (6pm kick off), just 48 hours after beating Aston Villa 3-1 at Villa Park. They also have a big clash with Liverpool on Thursday night too, with a packed schedule this week after the postponement of the initial Liverpool game.

Harry Maguire and Anthony Martial will definitely miss the Foxes encounter, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could rest several other key stars, given the Liverpool game and a Europa League final are on the horizon for his squad.

Below, our United writers pick their teams to face Leicester:

Samuel Luckhurst

United can just about get away with a largely unchanged back five. Bailly will doubtless come in but Axel Tuanzebe is more deserving.

Nemanja Matic would be a sensible recall, given Fred completed 90 minutes twice last week. Scott McTominay had a breather in Rome, so can continue.

Cavani gives United a greater presence in attack than any other forward and recalling him would maintain his personal pattern. Fernandes and Pogba should not be risked, so it is time Amad got the nod.

Tyrone Marshall

There’s a strong argument for wholesale changes, but I don’t think we’ll see as many as expected and substitutions could be more important than who starts.

There’s no reason not to keep Henderson in goal at the moment and with Maguire out, I’d keep at least one regular centre back, so that means Lindelof and Bailly starting. Wan-Bissaka is so far ahead of the competition at right-back that he will probably start all three games this week. The fact both full-backs came off early in Rome felt significant, but given Telles is a Brazil international, there’s no reason not start him ahead of Shaw.

Fred is the only player to play 90 minutes against Roma and Villa, which makes it a certainty he will be rested tonight. McTominay and Matic isn’t the most thrilling partnership in midfield, but this game could be a grind and they give United security. Playing Fernandes is a risk but he wants to play every week and could do 45 minutes to an hour here before making way. The alternative option may be Mata, but the Spaniard has played two minutes in the Premier League in nearly five months.

Greenwood got a rest of around half an hour on Sunday and given the form he’s in he’ll want to keep going. Cavani didn’t start at Villa so looks an obvious candidate to return, while Van de Beek can replace Pogba on the left.

Dominic Booth

De Gea should play one of the three Premier League matches this week, and the Leicester game is the most appropriate, despite Henderson’s status as the ‘league keeper

Both Wan-Bissaka and Shaw need to be rested, and Tuanzebe is probably the better reserve right-back option than Williams. Tuanzebe played well in the position against Everton in the League Cup around Christmas time. Bailly and Lindelof should be a combination capable of keeping Leicester quiet, despite Maguire’s absence.

It’s obvious that Matic, Van de Beek and Mata will come into the midfield, with Pogba or McTominay occupying one of the other deeper roles, given Fred played 90 minutes against both Roma and Villa.

Fernandes is another who should be rested for Liverpool, while Cavani ought to start after only coming on for the last 26 minutes at Villa Park. Amad and Mejbri will probably appear from the bench, depending on James’ fitness; he wasn’t considered fit enough on Sunday

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