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Manchester United vs Leicester City: Premier League match preview, predicted team line-ups, plus more

IT’S BACK

The first game of the new season sees the Red Devils host the Foxes at Old Trafford

The Premier League is back and the first game of the season is Manchester United v Leicester City.

Both sides will be patched up having had several stars in the final four at the World Cup, which should make it fascinating viewing.

Marcus Rashford in action for Manchester United against Leicester City last season.

Marcus Rashford in action for Manchester United against Leicester City last season.

Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho will hope his men can dispatch the Foxes, despite failing to land key summer transfer targets, but if they don’t we could be in for a fun post-match press conference.

The game at Old Trafford kicks off at 7:45pm on Friday, August 10.


What the managers are saying:

Jose Mourinho (Manchester United): “It’s the same squad. We change the third goalkeeper for Lee [Grant] because Joel [Pereira] is such a good young goalkeeper that he needs to play.

“We change [Daley] Blind for a 19-year-old kid [Dalot] that we believe has the potential to play right back and left back.

“We changed [Michael] Carrick for Fred, so our squad is the same.”

Jose Mourinho did not get the defender he wanted in the summer transfer window

Jose Mourinho did not get the defender he wanted in the summer transfer window

Claude Puel (Leicester City): “I can confirm he (Harry Maguire) is going to Manchester – but only for a couple of hours!

“I am happy to keep Harry. He is our best player.

“I am a football manager and I want to keep our best players for the squad and for our season. We want to keep good ambition.

“We lost Riyad Mahrez, who was a very valuable player for us, so it was important to keep our best players and have good additions to the squad.

“We have to prepare for this season with good possibilities.”


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Team news

Manchester United’s squad is set to be stretched on the opening day of the season.

Sergio Romero, Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo and Diogo Dalot are out through injury on Friday, as are Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic.

Meanwhile, Paul Pogba, Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard and Marouane Fellaini will be assessed after returning late following their World Cup exertions and Anthony Martial’s fitness is unclear having missed the Bayern Munich pre-season friendly.

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Leicester City are in a similar boat with Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire doubts, while Jonny Evans, Nampalys Mendy, and Demarai Gray are also concerns.

New recruits Ricardo Pereira, James Maddison, Danny Ward, Rachid Ghezzal and Filip Benkovic are all expected to be available.

Harry Maguire starred for England at the World Cup

Harry Maguire starred for England at the World Cup

Predicted teams

Manchester United XI: De Gea; Darmian, Bailly, Lindelof, Shaw; Fred, McTominay, A.Pereira; Mata, Sanchez, Rashford.

Leicester City XI: Schmeichel, Pereira, Chilwell, Morgan, Maguire; Ndidi, Iborra; Maddison, Albrighton, Iheanacho.

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