It’s sure to be a close game, but here’s three battles that will decide who wins.
1) Ibrahimovic v Morgan
One of Wes Morgan’s priorities when he steps out onto the pitch at Old Trafford will be to keep Zlatan Ibrahimovic quiet for ninety minutes. That is much easier said than done.
The striker has been the subject of some criticism recently, including the strange comment about the former Swedish international being like a ‘cone’. However, on his day, as we have seen already in the Premier League, Ibrahimovic can be the best striker in the country.
Neither player has much pace at all about them, so this battle will be won and lost mainly in the air, and Leicester will not have forgotten the towering header across goal that won Manchester United the Community Shield back in August. Leicester’s centre-back will have his hands full for the entirety of tomorrow’s match-up, there is no doubt about that.
2) Rooney v Drinkwater
Wayne Rooney has put in some pretty average performances over the past few weeks, and is at risk of being dropped by Jose Mourinho. If he starts here, he will be itching to put in a match-winning performance and show the manager as well as the fans why he should be in the side each week.
Danny Drinkwater will be the man handed the task of breaking up the play in midfield, and has done a decent job of that since the sale of N’Golo Kante to Chelsea. He will aim to close down Rooney as quickly as possible before he can supply the strikers.
This will be an interesting battle to watch throughout the ninety minutes and Rooney will for sure have to work hard to find pockets of space in the midfield if Drinkwater does his job well.
3) Shaw v Mahrez
Leicester will have to catch Manchester United on the break, as they did to so many teams so well last season in their title-winning campaign if they are going to take all three points away from Old Trafford on Saturday.
Riyad Mahrez was a huge threat down the right-hand side last season, and he has been again this season. Luke Shaw could well make his return to the left-back position despite recent criticism from Jose Mourinho, and as well as getting involved in the Manchester United attack, the former Saints man will have to keep one eye on the Algerian international who will be a huge threat for Leicester on the counter-attack.
Leicester will have to defend well when they visit Manchester United on Saturday, but if they are clincical and take their chance on the break with the pace of Mahrez and Vardy, then they have a good chance of taking something away from Old Trafford.