MANCHESTER UNITED kick off the Premier League Boxing Day schedule with a trip to Leicester City TODAY.
But the in-form Foxes sit in second place and head into the match buoyed by their 2-0 victory at Tottenham last weekend.
When is Leicester vs Man Utd?
- Leicester vs Man Utd kicks off at 12.30pm GMT on Boxing Day, Saturday 26 December.
- Leicester’s King Power Stadium plays host.
- There will be no fans in attendance.
What TV channel and live stream is Leicester vs Man Utd on?
- Leicester vs Man Utd will be broadcast live on BT Sport 1 in the UK.
- BT Sport 1 get their coverage underway from 11.30am.
How can I watch it for FREE?
- EE customers can get a free three-month trial of BT Sport by texting SPORT to 150.
- At the end of the three months you will automatically roll onto the £15 per month subscription.
- Or you can cancel the trial at any time during the three months by texting STOP SPORT to 150.
What is the team news?
Brendan Rodgers has dismissed any concerns that star striker Jamie Vardy will be sidelined.
Vardy was taken off during the 2-0 win at Tottenham with a groin problem.
But Rodgers said in his team news briefing this week: “He will be fine for the game.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has assessed his United squad following their midweek Carabao Cup quarter-final at Everton.
What have they said?
Roy Keane has insisted that Manchester United can challenge Liverpool for the title.
The Manchester United legend described Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s side as the ‘best of the rest’.
Manchester United are third in the Premier League table behind Leicester and Liverpool.
The Red Devils put in a solid performance during the 6-2 win over Leeds on Sunday.
And Keane, 49, has predicted that United could be Liverpool’s closest challengers this season.
He told Sky Sports: “I don’t believe McTominay there when he said they don’t look at league tables.
“Everybody looks at league tables. Players and staff. That’s what you’re playing the game for.
“You want to know where you are obviously and where you’re heading to.
“It’s been a nice few days for United. They had to beat Sheffield United and Leeds just to put another marker down.
“I still think Liverpool are the strongest but United I think could be the best of the rest.”
LAST TIME OUT
The previous encounter between these two saw Manchester United put a dagger in the heart of the Foxes as they snatched Champions League qualification from Leicester on the final day of the season.
Chelsea’s victory over Wolves meant that Brendan Rodgers’ men needed three points to confirm their spot in the top four but a point for United was enough.
Good chances were squandered by both sides with the pick of the bunch being a Marcus Rashford effort which was expertly saved by Kasper Schmeichel and a Vardy glanced header which hit the frame of the goal to the England international’s frustration.
It seemed to be heading for a draw until a 71st minute clumsy challenge between the center back pairing of Wes Morgan and former United defender Jonny Evans brought down Martial in the box enabling Bruno Fernandes to convert from the penalty spot.
Leicester had no option but to throw the kitchen sink at Solskjaer’s side at this point but Evans’ day went from bad to worse as his late wild lunge on McTominay resulted in him seeing red. Not a day to remember for him.
Jesse Lingard would then rub salt into the Foxes wounds eight minutes into stoppage time after stealing the ball from Schmeichel and rolling it into an empty net.
Brendan Rodgers’ side had been in a Champions League qualification spot for more than half of the season which made the result even more painful.
The mission for revenge is on!
Hi SunSport family, hope you are all good and not hungover from yesterday’s Christmas celebrations.
Even if you are, sit back and relax because this next fixture is shaping up to be a Boxing Day blockbuster event and we could see a knock out.
3rd place Manchester United travel to the King Power stadium where they’ll be taking on 2nd place Leicester in a top of the table clash this afternoon.
Both teams are coming into this game off the back of triumphant league success. Leicester ran out 2-0 winners in North London last weekend. A penalty from Jamie Vardy and a 59th minute own goal from Toby Alderweireld was enough for the Foxes to conquer an in-form Spurs side.
As for the Red Devils, if you’ve read a previous blog of mine about Manchester United scoring goals in quick succession, Leeds was another team to fall victim to it.
Solskjaer’s team had too much to handle for the Whites firing six goals past them in an eight goal thriller with two of them goals coming from McTominay inside the first three minutes! Bruno Fernandes also got himself a brace with Lindelof and James finishing off the rout.
This was a huge statement set by United because Leeds are not a side easy to beat but Leicester’s confidence will also be on cloud 9.
Stay tuned whilst I feed you with all the live updates right to your device.