It’s probably the most interesting game of the weekend coming up, but who’s the favourite for Leicester’s trip to Manchester United on Saturday?
The Foxes are one of the teams with a good chance of usurping United in the top six this season, after a fine start to the season followed a very impressive summer in the transfer market.
United, meanwhile, have been a bit less consistent, winning just one of their four games so far and drawing two, and while you could argue that their performances have been better than the results suggest, things are still not all happy and contented at Old Trafford.
In fact, as a listener asked the Totally Football Show panel this week, how many United players would get in a combined team from the two squads?
The consensus was that the Leicester midfield could probably be lifted wholesale, Jamie Vardy would have to be in there too, plus Ben Chilwell: in fact, the only guaranteed United starters according to our panel would be David de Gea, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford.
“The fact that we hesitate and start thinking is itself a story,” said Rafa Honigstein. “United really didn’t get where they wanted after this transfer window. Their performances haven’t been that bad, they’ve probably warranted more points so the situation could be more rosy, but there would still be this undercurrent of expectations that have been thwarted somehow.
“I think supporters expected the big push would come from the players’ side now. Solskjaer is there in his second season, or his first full season, but they were hoping he would be given more raw talent and quality to work with. It does feel as if the momentum that was there when he first took over has been lost, even if the underlying numbers there are OK.”
“United have only one clean sheet in 19 games,” pointed out Natalie Gedra, “but United have found trouble against teams that don’t give much space to counter-attack: I don’t know if that’s the case with Leicester, because they’re more of an offensive side.”
Still, that clean sheet record could be a concern given who United will be playing against.
“I think the key man in this game will be Jamie Vardy,” said Opta’s Duncan Alexander. “Since Brendan Rodgers took over at Leicester, Vardy has scored 12 times, which is only two fewer than Manchester United have made in the same period.”
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