Manchester United travel to the King Power Stadium tomorrow to take on a Leicester side that has won admirers this season.
The newly promoted Foxes have handled the step up to the Premier League well, and many believe they will prove a stern test for a new look Manchester United side.
Louis van Gaal finally got things up and running with a 4-0 demolition of QPR at Old Trafford, but Leicester at the King Power should test the likes of Angel Di Maria and Marcos Rojo much more vigourously.
Leicester have been nothing if not energetic at home so far, taking points off Everton and Arsenal while last weekend’s 1-0 win over Stoke at the Britannia was hard-earned. This Foxes team under Nigel Pearson has a steel core and United will find it difficult.
But van Gaal has all the weapons at his disposal to wear them down and take the three points. The excitement ahead of the QPR match was palpable, and the new signings - especially Di Maria - lived up to the hype.
Look for Van Gaal to give Falcao more of a run-out here, and Robin van Persie may even drop to the bench as LVG has confirmed that his captain, Wayne Rooney, will always play if available.
With players like Falcao fit and ready to go, and a strong bench with the likes of Luke Shaw returning to full fitness, United fans can now hopefully look to the future. Shaw should in fact start this week after another week resting his hamstring.
Injury concerns do remain, but United now have the vast majority of their new signings and key players available. Ander Herrera’s return last week against Harry Redknapp’s side was a timely one, and the Spaniard was excellent.
Manchester United v Leicester: Match preview
Chris Smalling is back and available, leaving six players still on the treatment table. Smalling may replace Blackett, teaming up with Jonny Evans and Rojo in the back three.
So here is an updated predicted lineup, one with enough firepower to blow away a sturdy Leicester outfit.
Predicted Manchester United XI…
De Gea, Smalling, Evans, Rojo, Shaw, Valencia, Blind, Herrera, Di Maria, Falcao, Rooney
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