How Manchester United should line up against Leicester in Premier League fixture – Samuel Luckhurst

Manchester United will be hoping to return to Premier League action with a win this weekend when they host Leicester at Old Trafford on Saturday evening. United have lost two of their last three games in all competitions, having lost just one of their previous 20 following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s departure.

United know a victory against the Foxes will be crucial if they are to keep their faint hopes of a top-four finish alive this season too, having fallen behind Arsenal and Tottenham in the race prior to the international break.

In terms of early team news, Edinson Cavani will miss the weekend match after he picked up an injury while away on international duty. Ralf Rangnick confirmed the news in his press conference.

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Here is how MEN writers think United should line up this weekend.

Samuel Luckhurst

Luke Shaw talks a good game and it’s about time he played one for United. Diogo Dalot has been imperfect of late but still preferable to Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Raphael Varane is untouchable and Harry Maguire is probably still the most suitable partner for now.

Nemanja Matic’s expertise could be invaluable and Fred is essential. Bruno Fernandes, Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho are certainties. The dilemma is the final attacking place and Marcus Rashford gets picked on the off-chance he finally gets going.

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Rich Fay

After a lengthy break and with no midweek match, United need to go as strong as possible against Leicester. Dalot deserves a continued run on the right, Shaw is in need of an improvement on the left and the two centre-backs almost pick themselves.

Fred deserves to be starting ahead of Pogba in the more advanced midfield role, but that means Matic will be needed as the holding player behind him. Fernandes is certain to start if fit.

Sancho is undroppable, Ronaldo the only striker. It leaves Rashford and Elanga battling for the final spot on the right, the Swedish teenager would be worthy of taking it.

Tyrone Marshall

It’s been 18 days since United last played a game and rather than look at how many changes Rangnick is making it almost feels like starting from scratch, given everything that has happened since then.

It’s pretty clear Dalot and Varane are United’s best right-hand side of defense combination at the moment and while they have their doubters, Maguire and Shaw had an excellent partnership on the left last season and should still be starting.

Matic can provide some much needed discipline and defensive nous in midfield against a creative Leicester side, while Fred and Fernandes have worked well together as No. 8s and deserve to try and continue forging a partnership.

Cavani being unavailable is the least surprising news of the international break. Ronaldo and Sancho are certain to start and Rashford can begin on the right, with Elanga kept in reserve.

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