Disclaimer: This series is examining the games days prior to matchday, there is always the possibility for injuries, coach selections, etc. They may be updated to reflect most accurate starting lineup.
Manchester United is a sizable favorite (although it’s decreased somewhat in light of a dismal transfer window) in what’s being billed as a low scoring game, likely under 3 goals. I think that Manchester United’s ability to run this game depends on if more of the World Cup players choose to come home early.
Although the feuds within the United squad and the board with Mourinho are highly publicized, I anticipate that these are blown out of proportion. Mourinho is a very polarizing figure, and I think that the media is far more apt to jump on negativity. One specific example is when Mourinho stated (regarding the US friendlies) that he thought the “fans were wasting their money” — however, the real statement had to with Manchester United having to field a whole bunch of academy and reserve players due to World Cup players and injuries. Remember, the same stories surfaced last season about the “awful season to come” in 2017, and United ended up finishing 2nd in the league. That being said, I think they still haven’t addressed their primary “hypothetical” shortfall (which has become their current shortfall — again — with the Baily injury, you can see more here), they brought in a youth prospect (Diogo Dalot) but I don’t expect him to slot in with the first team (plus — he, too, is currently injured).
Here’s my thoughts on the players involved in today’s game, with a numerical rating 1-10 (5 average, 10 is absolute domination). Man Utd: de Gea: 7 – de Gea as usual made some fantastic stops, however, he switched off for the Vardy goal that rebounded off his post with no United player nearby. He managed … Read moreManchester United v. Leicester post-match thoughts