Manchester United vs Leicester City: Preview, Betting tips and Team news - Premier League
This is the English Premier League, where Manchester City will look to restore the pride of champions, United must prove they aren’t a spent force having been unable to reproduce the heroics of Sir Alex Ferguson since he left as a champion in 2013.
Liverpool will look to shine to a successful end and Arsenal, under a new manager now must win something, beyond the quest for stability.
Day one is upon us and it’s the only time when teams start at the same level, some will surge, to fall and rise again, while some will actually begin their journey to the championship right from here, this is for the brave, for the decisive and for the strong, fasten your seatbelts as we head into yet another season of exhilarating football, like never before.
Manchester United vs Leicester City
8:00pm Friday, August 10
Referee: Andre Marriner
Jose Mourinho has moaned and groaned about the lack of activities in the window that only produced Fred and Diogo Dalot, however, there won’t be tenable excuses should he fail to deliver silverware at the end of the season.
Claude Puel successfully held on to Harry Maguire despite their host on opening day repeatedly making offers for the England center back, although a few names including Jamie Vardy won’t be fresh for this game, he can rest assured that he has Maguire to work with.
No Riyad Mahrez anymore, it’s time for them to move on from the winger’s chapter, a good start is paramount on opening day for any side.
Manchester United will not have so many men back for this fixture, Paul Pogba was touted to be heading to Barcelona so he won’t play, Nemanja Matic is injured, Lingard just returned from break, United must start well here.
Brazil midfielder Fred is expected to make his Manchester United debut on Friday as several players are missing for the Old Trafford side
Jose Mourinho has said he will monitor the fitness of players who arrived late due to their appearance at the World Cup but Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo, Diogo Dalot, Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic are all injured.
Similarly, Leicester manager Claude Puel must decide whether to play England World Cup duo of Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire.
New signings Jonny Evans and James Maddison are available for selection after returning from injury.
Demarai Gray is also fit, while Ricardo Pereira and Rachid Ghezzal could be involved.
Verdict: United to win or draw