Man Utd stars past and present meet at Leicester’s King Power
A total of 18 current or former Manchester United players could potentially start the match between Leicester City and the Red Devils at the King Power. However, that is unlikely to be the case.
Five former Old Trafford dwellers and youth products, Tom Lawrence, Danny Simpson, Jack Barmby and Louis Rowley, all joined the Foxes this summer, with only the former duo (5/1 and 20/1 respectively to score anytime) chance to feature. Nick Powell, meanwhile, who is a loanee from United, is ineligible to face his parent club.
Ritchie De Laet, Danny Drinkwater and Matty James are also ex-Red Devils, and are 16/1, 12/1 and 12/1 respectively in the anytime scorer market.
While Leicester have enjoyed a creditable start to the season, taking points off Everton, Arsenal and Stoke City, they face a Man Utd side seemingly back in confidence, following their 4-0 mauling of QPR last time out.
The records certainly don’t bode well for Nigel Pearson either. East Midlands side Leicester have not beaten the Red Devils at home in the league since 1985 (10 matches ago), the season before Sir Alex Ferguson took over from Ron Atkinson.
On top of that, United have won each of their last meetings with the Foxes, with seven of them being to nil. The away side are odds-on at 4/6 for victory again and 2/1 to do do without conceding.
A draw at 16/5 seems Leicester’s best chance of getting any points, with their price of 4/1 to win not enticing enough.
Ruud van Nistelrooy was the hat-trick hero in this last fixture on Foxes territory (formerly known as The Walkers Stadium in 2003), so back his compatriot Robin van Persie, who is yet to net this term, to repeat that feat at 20/1.
The Dutchman could face competition for a stating berth with new loan signing Radamel Falcao, though, who looked lively coming off the bench against QPR. Back the Colombian at evens to score anytime, and 4/1 to net last.
Fellow South American Angel Di Maria was the star of the show in beating the Hoops, whipping in the opener before setting up Juan Mata and being involved in Ander Herrera’s goal. The Argentine is 6/1 to score first again, and a tempting 7/4 chance in the anytime market.
Captain Wayne Rooney, who recently joined Thierry Henry in third place in the Premier League scoring charts on 175, will be looking to add to his tally. The 28-year-old, who netted in both his appearances against Leicester as an Everton player in the 2003/04 season, is 6/5 to score again.
Luke Shaw is still waiting for his competitive Red Devils debut and is back fit, but it will take a lot for him to be picked ahead of fellow summer signing Marcos Rojo, who also highly impressed against QPR. Another alternative is to drop academy product Tyler Blackett to the bench and move Rojo into the centre back three or two – depending on which formation Louis van Gaal decides to go with.
The two sides are on five points after four games, with Leicester’s Leonardo Ulloa largely to thank for his club’s early season success. Argentine attacker Ulloa has netted three in his first four Premier League games, and is a decent 2/1 chance to score anytime again.