Follow all the action as Manchester United host Leicester City in the Premier League this evening.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are juggling a hectic fixture schedule, with their postponed match against Liverpool rescheduled for this Thursday, allowing the squad just 48 hours to recover. That is likely to force Solskjaer to rotate his team, however, he will be all too aware that defeat tonight would mean Manchester City are officially crowned as champions.
With United’s attention on the Europa League final, there is far more for Leicester to gain or lose tonight. The Foxes are enduring another poor end to an impressive season, thrashed 4-2 last time out by Newcastle, and from a position of power they are now nervously clinging on for a top-four finish. Brendan Rodgers’ side are currently five points clear of West Ham, while Liverpool are one point further back but boast a game in hand. Leicester have by far the trickiest run-in, with games against Chelsea and Tottenham following the FA Cup final. Follow all the action live below:
MAGUIRE INJURY UPDATE
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given an update on Harry Maguire’s ankle injury saying that he hopes his captain will be fit enough to return for the Europa League final on 26th May but could miss the remaining Premier League fixtures. He said:
He’s obviously had the scans and the good news is there is no fracture,
“[There’s] ligament damage but hopefully we will see him again this season. Hopefully, he’ll be ready for the final.”
Leicester have only won two of their 29 Premier League fixtures against Manchester United. The Foxes’ solitary win in their last 22 top-flight visits to Old Trafford came on 31 January 1998, when Tony Cottee scored the only goal.
The Red Devils have scored in the subsequent 23 league matches between the sides since that defeat, which is their longest Premier League scoring streak against a single opponent.
SOLSKJAER ON FIXTURE CONGESTION
You’ve just got to go game by game, one step at a time. We’ve been handed a very bad hand. The cards are not very good because the intensity of the Premier League is so, so high and the quality is so high.
“We’ve just got to make sure we tick one off at a time. But the players are ready for it, I’m ready for it, the coaches are ready for it. It’s a challenge we’ll take head on. It’s not like we’ll just throw the toys out of the pram and feel sorry for ourselves. That’s not the way we are.”
ARREST MADE OVER PROTESTS
Man arrested after police officer injured at Manchester United protest
Police have appealed for video footage of last Sunday’s incident
NO SIGN OF PROTESTS
Manchester United’s last home game had to be called off after thousands of fans protested against the Glazer family’s ownership of the club. The fans managed to get onto the pitch and stop the players from arriving at the ground in an attempt to show their dissatisfaction over the proposed European Super League and how the club is run.
Today though there is no sign of any protests as fans have kept away from the ground. It had been thought that another display might take place so there is a big police presence on the concourse.
SOLSKJAER ON HIS TEAM SELECTION
Eyebrows will be raised at the strength of Manchester United starting line up but with a third game in six days still to come, and against Liverpool no less, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saw this as an opportunity to rest players. He said:
That was the only way to do it, that is the strongest we can get but I am looking forward to it.
“These boys will do everything they can for the team and it is a chance for them to play their way into the next game against Liverpool.
“I want to win every game.”
TEAM NEWS – CHANGES
As expected Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes sweeping changes to the Manchester United starting XI with only Mason Greenwood keeping his place in the team. Anthony Elanga makes his debut and Amad Diallo starts in his first Premier League game.
Brendan Rodgers makes two changes to the Leicester line up. James Maddison and Ricardo Pereira drop out with Luke Thomas and Ayoze Perez replacing them.
TEAM NEWS – MAN UTD VS LEICESTER
CAVANI EXTENDS OLD TRAFFORD STAY
Manchester United get a boost in morale earlier this week as 34-year-old striker Edinson Cavani signed a one-year extension to remain at Old Trafford until summer 2022. The Uruguay international has scored 15 goals in his 35 appearances fo the Red Devils and there were rumblings that he favoured a return to his home country. In the end Ole Gunnar Solskjaer managed to convince Cavani to stay another year which will certainly help United’s title hopes next season:
Edinson Cavani signs new one-year contract with Manchester United
The Uruguay international had been considering his future but will now stay at Old Trafford until the end of next season
It is just two days since Manchester United came from behind to defeat Aston Villa 3-1 in their last Premier League outing. Bertrand Traore opened the scoring for Villa before a Bruno Fernandes penalty got the Red Devils back on level terms. Mason Greenwood added a second minutes later before substitute Edinson Cavani capped off the win in the closing stages. United have gone 14 league games unbeaten and have guaranteed a top four finish but they need to win this evening to delay rivals Manchester City from being named champions.
Leicester are stumbling towards the finish line as they look to hold on to a top four spot. They drew with Southampton before losing 4-2 to Newcastle last time out. Those results mean that Chelsea have overtaken them to move into third place with the Foxes holding a five point lead over West Ham in fifth. Victory tonight would put them one step closer to Champions League football next season. Leicester know they have the capability to defeat Manchester United after defeating them 3-1 in the FA Cup quarter-finals back in March, can they do so again this evening?
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