After a hectic summer of World Cup action, transfer window shutting early and a tough pre season, the Premier League finally returns as Manchester United kick off the new season at home to Leicester City in Friday Night Football.

 

Team News

Jose Mourinho could hand Fred a debut start for Manchester United as he enters this fixture without several players. 

Antonio Valencia (calf), Marcos Rojo (knock), Diogo Dalot (meniscus), Ander Herrera (hamstring) and Nemanja Matic (abdominal) are all absent through various injuries. 

Those who returned this week from their break after World Cup action all face late fitness tests. 

Leicester have a full squad available to choose from, although Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire face late fitness tests. 

 

Form

Manchester United enter the new season in worrying form, having taken just one win, three draws and two defeats from their six pre season friendlies. 

Leicester meanwhile come here unbeaten with two wins and draws plus one defeat from pre season. 

Both teams however were missing key players who took a three week holiday after being on international duty, making those results fairly unreliable indicators but key in terms of momentum.  

 

Stat Attack

  • Manchester United are unbeaten in seven league games against Leicester since Leicester won the first meeting 5-3 during their Premier League return season in 2013-14. 
  • Three of last four meetings at Old Trafford have seen both teams score, with United keeping a clean sheet during last season’s meeting here. 
  • Since returning to top flight in 2014, Jamie Vardy is Leicester’s top scorer against Manchester United with three goals. 
  • Last season saw Vardy score 20 goals to Romelu Lukaku’s 16 for the Red Devils in Premier League.
  • Manchester’s United David de Gea made the fifth highest number of saves with 115 compared to Kasper Schmeichel’s 93 last season.  

 

Prediction

United struggled throughout pre season and with this being first match back against a strong Leicester side, they need the likes of Lukaku and Pogba to bring their World Cup form into this game. 

If they don’t then I can see Leicester springing a surprise, after coming close against Arsenal in last season’s opener against Arsenal. 

Prediction: Manchester United 1-2 Leicester City

Jake predicts: Manchester United 0-2 Leicester City

Result: Manchester United 2-1 Leicester City

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