Manchester United welcome Leicester City to Old Trafford this weekend, which will see Harry Maguire face off against his old side for the first time since his move to Manchester United in the summer.
The Red Devils, after a promising start to the league, have tailed off quickly, while Leicester City are one of three teams yet to be beaten this season, along with Liverpool and Manchester City.
We are in for an exciting match on Saturday against these two teams. Let’s take a look at 3 key battles between Manchester United and Leicester City:
Manchester United vs Leicester City: 3 Key Battles
James Maddison vs Scott McTominay
James Maddison surprised many with his performances last season, in his very first Premier League season, and he has continued his good form in the 2019-20 season.
The 22-year-old attacking midfielder has already registered two assists this season, and his good form was rewarded with a call-up to the England senior team.
On Saturday, he will be up against another young midfielder in Scott McTominay, who will look to stifle Maddison’s attacking forays and stop him from getting on the ball.
Daniel James vs Ricardo Pereira
Daniel James has had a sensational start to his Manchester United career, scoring thrice in four games, and taking his good form in club football to his national team, Wales, where he scored this past week as well.
James’ direct running and early shots on goal have surprised Premier League defences this year, and it looks like he will be the most important player for United in attack.
The 21-year-old winger will be up against one of the league’s most solid and dependable right-backs in Ricardo Pereira, who has also begun the season in fine form.
Pereira is second on the table of most tackles this season, behind United’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and not many can get past him owing to his speed and physicality.
Marcus Rashford vs Çaglar Söyüncü
Marcus Rashford could continue as the striker for Manchester United against Leicester City if Anthony Martial is not passed fit.
The England striker will be up against 23-year-old Turkish centre-back Çaglar Söyüncü, who has replaced Harry Maguire in the heart of the Leicester defence, and has been in fine form so far.
The defender is phenomenal in the air, having won an average of 4.5 aerial balls this season, while he is also a good tackler, averaging 3 tackles a game in the league this season.
He has formed a good partnership alongside former Manchester United defender Jonny Evans, and the duo will be tough to score past.