Man United vs Leicester LIVE: Cristiano Ronaldo doubtful plus Premier League team news and line-ups


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Manchester United welcome Leicester City to Old Trafford in the Premier League this afternoon in desperate need of three points to boost their hopes of a top four finish and Champions League football next season.

Ralf Rangnick’s side endured more misery before the international break when the Red Devils were knocked out of the Champions League by Atletico Madrid. Rangnick is now out of contention to win a trophy this season, but his job as interim can still be regarded as a success if they can land a top four finish, but Arsenal’s form means United have little room for error. Harry Maguire will look forward to a better reception in front of his club’s fans after being booed by a minority of England supporters, with Rangnick adamant United supporters will get behind their captain: “He knows my position towards him. He’s been a very valuable player for the team. I didn’t understand what happened at Wembley but it won’t happen in our stadium with the Red Army.”

And Leicester will be keen to finish the season on a high after Brendan Rodgers’ found some form last time out with the win over Brentford taking them into the top half. The Foxes will look to use their league games as a platform to increase their chances of winning the Europa Conference League, having eliminated Rennes in the last 16 and their quarter-final tie against PSV coming up next week. Follow live updates from an intriguing evening kick-off in the Premier League with live goal and score updates, build-up, analysis and reaction from Old Trafford:

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Leicester City have progressed to the quarter-final stage of the Europa Conference League and have a good chance of picking up silverware this season if they can reach the final of Europe’s third competition.

In the Premier League, they have won three of their last four games including a 2-1 victory over Brentford before the international break and will hope to continue that momentum against Man Utd this evening.

Michael Jones2 April 2022 16:22

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Manchester United have only lost two of their 11 Premier League games since the turn of the year but they’ve been on the end of four draws against teams that they would have expected to beat.

That’s eight dropped points in a close race for the top four and manager Ralf Rangnick, as well as some of the more senior players in the squad, will want to end the season on a high.

Last time out in the league Cristiano Ronaldo bagged his first hat-trick since returning to Old Trafford as the Red Devils saw a tough test from Tottenham at home. However, in their last game before the break they lost 1-0 to Atletico Madrid and were knocked out of the Champions League meaning a top four finish is now the biggest goal of the season for them.

Michael Jones2 April 2022 16:19

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Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers says there is “lots of optimism” around his team after a run of good results before the international break put the Foxes back into the top-10.

“We won five of our seven games before the break.” said Rodgers. “With some of our influential players coming back. This week we could train, get some detailed work into those who stayed, and bring new guys into training.”

Michael Jones2 April 2022 16:15

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Man Utd boss Ralf Rangnick says that Edinson Cavani is a doubt after picking up a calf injury playing for Uruguay and could be out for at least two weeks. Elsewhere United are boosted by Luke Shaw recovering from illness and Paul Pogba shaking off a foot problem.

Leicester are without Wilfred Ndidi who is out for the season after injuring his knee. Jamie Vardy’s own knee problem is still causing him trouble and he’ll miss the game as well.

Danny Ward and Ryan Bertrand are also out with knee injuries and Luke Thomas is a doubt due to a hamstring injury but Marc Albrighton could return following a groin issue.

Michael Jones2 April 2022 16:11

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Manchester United v Leicester

Manchester United take on Leicester in tonight’s late Premier League kick off. Ralf Rangnick’s men need to pcik up three points to keep the pressure on Arsenal and Tottenham in the race for the top but even victory today won’t be enough for them to catch the Gunners. They are currently four points away from the Champions League places and will need to win as many games as possible from their last nine fixtures to stand a chance of playing in Europe’s top competition next season.

Leicester meanwhile are hoping to secure a top 10 finish to the season. They’ve struggled with injuries this campaign which has seen them fluctuate in form but three wins out of their last four league games has given them enough confidence to go to Old Trafford tonight and fancies their chances.

Michael Jones2 April 2022 16:07

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Jurgen Klopp bemused by ‘most ridiculous’ FA planning for Wembley semi-final

Jurgen Klopp has strongly criticized the Football Association over Liverpool’s FA Cup semi-final travel difficulties, calling it “one of the most ridiculous stories I ever heard”.

The Reds will take on Manchester City at Wembley on April 16 despite engineering works meaning no trains are running on the West Coast Mainline for the whole Easter weekend.

The FA is putting on free coaches for up to 5,000 Liverpool and City fans but getting to London will undoubtedly be a challenge for supporters with tickets.

Speaking ahead of the Reds’ Premier League clash with Watford on Saturday, Liverpool boss Klopp said: “It’s one of the most ridiculous stories I ever heard.”

Michael Jones2 April 2022 15:00

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Liverpool 2-0 Watford

Liverpool move to the top of the Premier League ahead of Manchester City’s visit to Turf Moor. Pep Guardiola has named a reliable strong team but they are without Ruben Dias who is out with injury.

Can they defeat Sean Dyche’s men and move big above Liverpool?

Michael Jones2 April 2022 14:56

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Diogo Jota and Fabinho strike as Liverpool ease past Watford to go top of Premier League

Liverpool turned up the title race pressure on Manchester City as they went top of the Premier League table for the first time since September with a 2-0 win over Watford.

Diogo Jota’s 20th goal of the season in the first half was followed by a late Fabinho penalty to send a message the short distance up the road to Turf Moor where City were about to kick-off against Burnley.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, watching from the bench, could not have failed to be impressed not necessarily by the first goal – which has become quite a commonplace now for Jota – but with the quality of the assist.

Michael Jones2 April 2022 14:42

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Liverpool 2-0 Watford

Liverpool have won 10 consecutive Premier League games, becoming just the second side in the competition’s history to embark on such a run on five separate occasions, after Man City (also 5).

Michael Jones2 April 2022 14:38

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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