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Manchester Utd vs Leicester City: Who has the stronger front six?

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Few clubs do a crisis as well as Manchester United over the last three years, and Jose Mourinho is getting his first taste of that right now. 

Three defeats on the bounce have turned Leicester City's visit to Old Trafford into a must-win game for United. For the Foxes, it's an opportunity chance to rekindle last season's spark and re-establish themselves as one of the Premier League's big players.


As potential banana skins go, Leicester is a pretty big one. The hosts simply cannot afford to lose this, but unless they start to gel, the visitors will smell blood.

The two clubs have one thing in common this season - they've failed to find any consistency.

That was expected of Claudio Ranieri's men after last season's exploits. It certainly wasn't expected of Mourinho's team.

The Watford game saw only Marcus Rashford shine in United's attack, so that could well force Mourinho to make some changes. Leicester, meanwhile, are set to retain the same front six. 

Teaming up with DraftKings, let's take a look at how each side's attack should line up.

Manchester United -

Ashley Young

Anthony Martial's injury gives Ashley Young his first real opportunity to come into the side and make an impression on the new manager. The former England international didn't create any chances against Watford, but he may offer more tracking back than Martial does, having made five defensive actions against the Hornets. 

That won't have picked him up the big fantasy points, but it's always worth having a player who can do it all, as tackles are worth one point each on DraftKings.

Juan Mata

Mata might not be a flashy big name like Paul Pogba, but whenever he's played this season, he's stepped up to the plate - which can't really be said of his £89million team-mate. 

The midfielder might not be a favourite of Mourinho's, but he commands the centre of the park effectively, thanks to his passing accuracy of nearly 90%.

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Michael Carrick

It's easy to see why United fans are crying out for Carrick. The former Spurs and West Ham man might not give the Red Devils much attacking prowess, but his passing ability is second to none.

Who knows, one of his long balls could actually land him an assist, worth a tasty 6 points.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

The Armenian has endured a difficult start to life in the north-west, but that's primarily because he's been played in the wrong position. The problems Wayne Rooney has caused for United's attack this season are too numerous to count, but what's most frustrating is that he occupies Mkhitaryan's number 10 role. 

The former Bundesliga Player of the Year scored 13 goals and made 20 assists in all competitions last season, all operating from where Rooney plays. Over to you, Jose.

Marcus Rashford

When goals are valued at 10 points, Marcus Rashford is as good a selection as any. The starlet was once again United's only real bright spark against Watford, finding the back of the net with typically scrappy play in the box. 

The 18-year- old has scored more goals than any of his team-mates in 2016, so Leicester will be well aware of the threat he poses.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Even though he's come in on a free transfer, Ibra is still out to justify his weekly wage of £200,000. Thankfully, he's been doing just that. Watford aside, the former Barcelona, Inter Milan, and Ajax superstar has been in great form, and as he's not a selfish player, there's every likelihood that he will bag an assist too.

Click here to select Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Leicester City -

Riyad Mahrez

Mahrez's speciality is assisting his team-mates, judging by his 11 assists in the league over the course of Leicester's title-winning campaign. 

However, the Algerian is also a goalscorer, netting twice - earning a total of 20 points on DraftKings with those strikes - in the Champions League in midweek.

Daniel Amartey

Amartey has already drawn comparisons with N'Golo Kante, but replacing the midfielder in the long-term is going to take some doing. 

Depending on which United shows up, this could be a big test. Interceptions are only worth 0.5 points, but they could be invaluable for Leicester here.

Danny Drinkwater

Drinkwater completed more successful passes than any other player last season.

The midfielder's composure will be essential at Old Trafford, though he'll be keen to get forward as well if he can.

Mark Albrighton

Albrighton looked over the moon with his goal against Bruges in the Champions League, so that will fill him with confidence to take plenty of shots at Old Trafford this weekend - always a bonus for DraftKings players.

Islam Slimani

Slimani bagged his first Premier League goals with a brace against Burnley, so the United game could come at the perfect time for him.

Leicester's record signing can use his physical presence against what should be a fragile, cautious United collective - he'll need to be careful, though, as fouls conceded carry a penalty of 0.5 points.

Click here to select Islam Slimani.

Jamie Vardy

Despite Slimani's arrival, Vardy has still been Leicester's main man, with two league goals so far. If anything, his new strike partner has only spurred him on further, which has meant even more shots on goal.

Shots are worth a point, or two if they're on target, so Vardy's definitely a strong pick.

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