Manchester United returns to Premier League action on Saturday, hosting Leicester City at Old Trafford in a desperate effort for three points.
Leicester City’s this league campaign could completely be described as ‘inconsistent’ having watched them struggle to win enough amount of games.
On the other hand, United’s case can be deemed as a similar one compare to the Foxes, as the 20-time league winner has once again failed to compete for the title.
Both the club’s managers have provided an update on their respective sides’ in the pre-match press conference.
Interim manager Ralf Rangnick has been unfortunate with the lack of depth in the forward line amid Mason Greenwood’s band and Edinson Cavani’s constant injuries.
The German has already confirmed that the Uruguayan striker will be out of service for 4-5 weeks.
Ralf Rangnick confirms Edinson Cavani 'is injured again and out for a couple of weeks'.
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) April 1, 2022
All of the midfielders who have been serving their country, including Paul Pogba, Fred, Scott McTominay, and Bruno Fernandes, have been observed training and are likely to feature in the match this weekend.
The English duo Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho were busy in their preparations at Carrington since last week and undoubtedly be available for tomorrows’ game.
There is no such news around Raphael Varane’s injury problems as well as Luke Shaw who missed United’s last game but is fit and ready to go.
The visiting side though has quite of big players missing for Saturday’s encounter with Wilfred Ndidi out for the remainder of the season with a knee issue.
BREAKING: Wilfred Ndidi will miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury 🇳🇬❌
Huge blow for Leicester City 🔵🦊 pic.twitter.com/dNQqNMDeJR
— LiveScore (@livescore) March 31, 2022
In addition to their captain Jamie Vardy, who is unable to participate due to a knee injury.
Ryan Bertrand and Danny Ward have already been ruled out, while Luke Thomas remains sidelined with a knock.
Wesley Fofana and Jony Evans, on the other hand, are deemed fit for the game and will travel to Manchester with the team.
Brendon Roger’s tactics and how he would set up his side
Since joining Leicester City in 2019, the Irish manager has kept to his guns and never tried to change his game strategy.
Roger primarily shapes up his team in a 4-1-4-1 formation with a flat-four at the back, including a holding midfielder with 2 box-to-box midfielders and 2 wide players with a sole no.9.
The trip to Southampton will be Brendan Rodgers' 100th Premier League game as Leicester City manager. The stats are pretty decent:
Goals For 1⃣7⃣2⃣
Goals Against 1⃣2⃣3⃣
Goal Difference ➕4⃣9⃣
Points Per Game 1⃣.6⃣5⃣ pic.twitter.com/nTCnvx9rrD
— Mr Geoff Peters (@mrgeoffpeters) November 30, 2021
The 49-year-old manager will be vulnerable heading into this game, owing to a significant injury blow to his squad.
Though the East Midlands side is well-known for their style of play, they do have a number of very skilled players who are adept at transferring the ball quickly to their attackers.
And is something that Ralf Rangnick might need to keep an eye on.
How does Manchester United deal with the threat of the opposition?
Ralf Rangnick will be setting up his side in favor of his players with a common two midfield pivot, with Bruno Fernandes present at the focal point(as a no.10) feeding through balls to his forward players.
Nonetheless, the German coach will not be very concerned with his choices, as there are more pressing matters to consider, and will instead concentrate on the method to be implemented.
An organized Leicester team is resolute in their approach to the game, and they are willing to give up space in the backline with their slow, inflexible center-backs.
With Sancho, Fernandes, and Pogba in the forefront, United has some exciting young talent who can help with creativity in the final third.
The job of defeating a well-drilled Roger’s side will not be easy, but the Mancunians have enough quality in their squad and can deal with the opposition’s threats.