High-flying Manchester United look to close the gap on Liverpool as they travel to Leicester for their boxing day clash.
The last couple of weeks has been nothing but joy for Old Trafford faithfuls as they’ve seen a surge in form, one which has seen them move up quickly to 3rd on the premier league table. They’re 5 points adrift leaders, Liverpool and just a point off their opponents of the day, Leicester City.
Worthy of notable mention is United’s away form this season. They’ve won 6 of their 6 games on the road this season, 10 dating back to last season. Another win tomorrow would see them equal a premier league record of 11 straight away wins, which is currently held by Chelsea and Manchester City.
Leicester had a slight wobble from late November as they lost three of their four matches in all competitions, but the former English champions have won four of their last five. They’re placed second in the table for the second Christmas in a row although their home form hasn’t been convincing.
The last time both sides met was on the final day of last season, with both needing a win to qualify for the UEFA Champions League, but a Jesse Lingard’s last minute goal saw United qualify ahead of the Foxes after a 2-0 win.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a full squad to pick from with almost every member of his first team fit to play. The United boss made 9 changes for the team that beat Everton 2-0 in the Caraboa cup.
There will be changes from that side, with Victor Lindelof, Fred, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw and David de Gea all expected to return.
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fernandes, Fred; Greenwood, Martial, Rashford
Match Records and Head to Head
Leicester City have lost more Premier League games (19) and conceded more Premier League goals (60) against Manchester United than they have versus any other side in the competition.
Manchester United have lost just one of their last 22 Premier League meetings with Leicester (W17 D4) and are unbeaten in their last 11 since a 3-5 away loss in September 2014 (W8 D3).
Manchester United have scored in each of their last 22 Premier League meetings with Leicester – against no side have they had a longer scoring streak in the competition (also 22 vs Aston Villa between 1997-2008).
Since returning to the Premier League in 2014, Leicester have lost five of their six games played on Boxing Day in the competition, winning the other 2-1 against Manchester City in 2018.
Manchester United have the most wins (21) and highest win rate (81 per cent) of any Premier League side in Boxing Day games. They’ve lost just two games on 26th December in the competition, against Middlesbrough in 2002 (1-3) and Stoke in 2015 (0-2).Manchester United have won each of their last 10 Premier League away games. In top-flight history, only two sides have ever won 11 in a row on the road – Chelsea between April-December 2008 and Manchester City between May-December 2017.
Four of Leicester’s five Premier League defeats this season have come in home games. Indeed, the Foxes have already lost as many home league games this season as they had in the whole of 2019-20 (4).
Leicester City Premier League form: LLWWLW
Manchester United Premier League form: WWWDWW
Leicester City 1-3 Manchester United
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