The final game of the six Premier League encounters taking place today brings us to Old Trafford as the team that started the day with maximum points from their opening two matches play host to the 2015/16 champions. It’s Manchester United vs Leicester
Manchester United’s record looks pretty ominous reading this early on, Played 2, Won 2, Drawn 0, Lost 0, Goals For 8, Goals Against 0 with both their early season victories coming in the shape of 4-0 wins. Leicester will hoping that pattern does not continue this evening,
The scoreline may well have been the same in the wins over both West Ham and Swansea but the performances were not, while they were scintillating on the opening weekend of the season against The Hammers, they same could not be said last weekend against Swansea.
It was only really the fact that Paul Clement’s men capitulated late on that allowed United to add three more goals to the one that Eric Bailly scored just before the break. A dominant result which did not necessarily tell the whole season, even so this is a Jose Mourinho side that looks to be firing on all cylinders.
Not only that though it is a team that will get something of a turbo boost around Christmas as the club announced on Thursday that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has signed a one year contract with the club. He may not be available for the first four months of the season but his presence at the turn of the year could be worth every penny, especially if he plays a part in a title success.
For opponents Leicester they come here looking to build on a positive start to the season, they were unlucky to lose to Arsenal on the very first evening of the season. A trip to The Emirates saw them take the lead twice thanks to goals from Jamie Vardy but they still came away empty handed.
Craig Shakespeare and his players managed to brush off that disappointment last weekend though as the Foxes made easy work of newly promoted Brighton with a 2-0 win in front of their home fans. Riyad Mahrez’s performance was instrumental in that victory and the club will be quietly confident they can keep hold of the Algerian past the month.
He however is not the only player that has been recently linked with a move away from the King Power Stadium as Danny Drinkwater names keeps cropping up in Stamford Bridge circles. Whether the England international feels that he has done all he can with Leicester and needs a new challenge remains to be seen.
Whether Antonio Conte thinks he can recreate a title winning partnership in midfield with the current defending champions by reuniting N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater is one theory, whether Kante made Drinkwater look twice the player he actually is, is another theory that you could subscribe to.
The next few days will tell us whether Mahrez and Drinkwater will move onto pastures new but today the focus for Leicester will be on the trip to Old Trafford. They lost here 4-1 last season and although I don’t think the defeat will be that heavy I still think that it will be three wins from three for Manchester United. Home win for me.
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— Dan Tracey (@dantracey1983) August 25, 2017