Under-fire Leicester host a resurgent Manchester United in the Premier League on Thursday night.
Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes are bottom of the top-flight having taken just one point from four games so far this season.
Rodgers needs a response from his Leicester side against Man United
Leicester, who have sold Wesley Fofana to Chelsea this week, lost to the Blues on Saturday despite facing ten men for most of the game.
Rodgers is coming under increasing pressure and must hit back against United.
Erik ten Hag’s men have bounced back well from two defeats to start the season.
They were superb against Liverpool recently and followed that up with a dodged victory at Southampton at the weekend.
This fixture produced a six-goal thriller last season as Leicester stunned the Red Devils with two late goals to win 4-2.
Leicester v Manchester United: Date and how to follow
This Premier League clash will take place on Thursday, September 1.
The game at the King Power is scheduled to kick off at 8pm.
It will be broadcast on BT Sport 1 with coverage starting at 7pm.
BT Sport customers can live stream this via the app using their mobile, tablet or computer devices.
Updates will also be live on talkSPORT throughout the evening while talkSPORT.com will be running a live blog for all the action.
To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream. You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.
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Leicester v Manchester United: Team news
Leicester will be without long-term absentees Ryan Bertrand and Ricardo Pereira.
However, James Maddison should be fit to return from a muscle problem that kept him out of action at the weekend.
For United, Casemiro is in line for his first start but new signing Antony won’t be involved.
Ten Hag could rotate his ranks meaning the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw may come into his line-up too.
Anthony Martial, Victor Lindelof and Brandon Williams look unlikely to feature.
Leicester v Manchester United: What’s been said?
United manager Ten Hag has rejected suggestions the impending arrival of Antony is an indication that Cristiano Ronaldo is surplus to requirements at Old Trafford.
When directly asked about Ronaldo, who has settled for substitute roles in United’s last two matches, Ten Hag said: “It is clear, we need quality players.
“You need more and to cover all the games to keep the consistency going, that’s what we strive for.
“Especially from offensive players, they are quicker fatigued because they have to run more and run with higher intensity. We expect that from them and our way of play.
“We need numbers there, we need not just quantity but quality.”
Casemiro is in line to start for Man UnitedGetty
Leicester v Manchester United: Match stats
- Leicester City have lost their last three Premier League matches, last enduring a longer losing run in the final five matches of Claudio Ranieri’s spell in January and February 2017. Manager Brendan Rodgers hasn’t lost four consecutive league games since April 2012 when he was Swansea manager.
- Following wins over Liverpool and Southampton, Manchester United are looking to record three consecutive Premier League wins for the first time since last December. The Red Devils have won three consecutive league games in every calendar year from 1987 onwards.
- Leicester have gone ahead in each of their first two home Premier League games this season, but failed to win either game (drew with Brentford, lost to Southampton). The only team to go ahead but not win any of their first three home Premier League games in a season was Aston Villa in 1992-93.
- Manchester United have won 10 of their 17 Premier League games played on a Thursday (59%), the best win rate of all teams to have played more than five games on that day.
- Manchester United have scored in each of their last 26 Premier League games against Leicester – only against Fulham (27 between 1964 and 2009) and Arsenal (30 between 1953 and 1968) have the Red Devils had longer scoring streaks in their league history.
- Manchester United lost this exact fixture 4-2 last season – they’ve not lost consecutive away league visits to face Leicester since April 1976.
- Leicester are unbeaten in their last four league games against Man Utd (W2 D2), last having a longer such run against them between 1972 and 1977 (9 games).
- Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in all three of his Premier League appearances on Thursdays (vs Arsenal, Burnley and Chelsea last season). Only three players have played more games on a particular day of the week and scored in every one in the Premier League: Mohamed Salah on Fridays (five), Thierry Henry on Fridays (four) and DJ Campbell on Tuesdays (four).
- Harvey Barnes has been involved in eight goals in his last six Premier League starts for Leicester City (four goals, four assists). Barnes has found the net once against Man Utd in the top-flight, scoring in a 2-2 draw in December 2020.
- Man Utd’s Marcus Rashford has scored more Premier League goals against Leicester than he has any other opponent (6). Rashford has also scored in three of his last four appearances at the King Power Stadium against the Foxes.
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