Manchester United will take on former Champions Leicester City at Old Trafford today tin a highly encountered match.
The Red Devils are in a high-flying mood at the moment following impressive back to back 4-0 win over West Ham United at home and Swansea City away from home.
It will be interesting to see how both sides perform in the game as the match between both sides at Old Trafford ended 4-1 in favour of Jose Mourinho’s side with Paul Pogba at the thick of things.
This time the French man is even better as he has contributed 2 goals in 2 games for United in the current campaign.
All eyes will be on the Leicester man Riyad Mahrez as we take a look at four key battles ahead of this intriguing clash.
ROMELU LUKAKU VS WES MORGAN
Both talented players have been instrumental for their respective side this season as Romelu has got 3 goals to his credit already at the moment.
Morgan on his own was pivotal to his side defensive show of class as they kept a deserved clean sheet in the 2-0 win over promoted side Brighton at the King Power Stadium.
The both players are not short of confidence ahead of the battle between the two players may tend to be physical. Lukaku show of strength and class has profited him against some of the defenders in the League, especially for his former side Everton.
With Wes Morgan experienced and physical as well, it promises to be stiffly contested as both sides are physically built to stand a 50-50 chance in the battle.
PAUL POGBA VS WILFRED NDIDI
The talented duo will square up at Old Trafford as both players attempt to swing the control of the game in his team’s favour.
Pogba have been in an exemplary form as Thierry Henry said on Sky Sports ‘that now it is clear that just like Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar Jnr., Pogba can do almost everything’(score goals, assist or create goals and even defend as well) after the 0-4 victory over Swansea City last weekend.
However, the young Nigerian star (Wilfred) is the rave of the moment in Leicester’s midfield alongside want away midfielder Danny Drinkwater due to his consistent display and input at the base of the Foxes midfield.
He (Ndidi) will face a strong midfield competition from Paul Pogba who seems to be having a nice time of his own on the pitch as he netted the third goal at the weekend for Manchester United after some good works from playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Daley Blind VS RIYAD MAHREZ
This is a left footed battle as the trickery and the decision making of Leicester talisman Riyad Mahrez will be tested against the resolute and sheer ability of Daley Blind in defending.
It promises to be cagey as tactical dynamics and team schemes will be unveiled to enable both players to flourish in the course of the game. The battle among the two players may likely produce a severe booking (red card) as Mahrez can be dangerous especially on that left foot of his.
This may not be aided with Daley Blind’s disciplinary history as the player has lost his place in games like this.
But with Mahrez wanting a move you never know if this game will be the match with which the Algerian will use to reveal his frustration as regards to the club unwillingness to let him go in the summer.
ERIC BAILY VS KELECHI IHEANACHO
The former Manchester City forward may get a chance to cause havoc against United just like former Manchester United player Rooney did against Manchester City on Monday Night Football.
This will certainly be a West African battle it both talents square up on the field of play. The African concept of if you miss the ball don’t miss the leg might be in vogue as both players may stretch physical boundaries in the course of the contest.
With Vardy showing some physical constraints in the victory over Brighton, Kelechi will likely start alongside Japanese forward Shinji Okazaki as they attempt to evade United defence led by the Ivorian defender Eric Baily when both sides take to the pitch.