Manchester United predicted XI - Leicester City: Can the Red Devils extend their good run against the league leaders?

Manchester United will go up against league leaders Leicester City on Sunday; a win for the visitor’s side will confirm them as Premier League Champions for this season. Meanwhile Manchester United will want to keep going for the race for fourth place.

Manchester United predicted XI - Leicester City: Can the Red Devils extend their good run against the league leaders?
Manchester United players after the FA Cup semi-final win | Photo: Michael Regan/The FA/Getty Images

Manchester United will face a Leicester City side that have shocked everyone this season, they are currently running away with the title and have only lost three league games.

The Red Devils will want to carry on their fantastic form at home and to delay the visitors' potential title celebrations.

Players still out

Louis Van Gaal has four players who are still injured for Manchester United. The players missing are Luke Shaw and Bastian Schweinsteiger, both who aren’t expected to return before the season is finished. Van Gaal during his press conference on MUTV said Luke Shaw is progressing “very well”.   

Meanwhile Adnan Januzaj is returning from his thigh injury but the Belgian international hasn’t returned to full fitness for the chance to be picked for the match-day squad. Will Keane will still be out for quite some time, the youngster is working hard on recovering from his surgery.

Darmian to enter the defence

After a late winner at Wembley against Everton, most players will retain their places in the starting line-up. David De Gea will definitely keep his place in goal, the Spaniard completed many saves including a penalty which kept United in the game against Everton.

Matteo Darmian could replace Marcos Rojo in the left-back role, the Argentine hasn’t been performing well in recent weeks. Rojo was lucky not to get punished during the Everton game, being out of position on a few occasions. Meanwhile Darmian was United’s Man of the Match in their previous league game, the Italian also picked up his first goal for the club. Timothy Fosu-Mensah will be expected to start in the right-back role, the youngster started against Everton which was a big call by the manager.

Chris Smalling and Daley Blind will most likely start in the heart of defence, both have been fantastic for the club this season. United have been very solid with the pair creating a strong partnership, Smalling has the most clean sheets in the league as a centre-back. Meanwhile Blind has been one of our best players this season, the Dutchman has been very consistent too.

Schneiderlin to enter midfield three

Morgan Schneiderlin could replace Michael Carrick in the starting line-up, the Frenchman has been a regular started for the club this season. But with Leicester’s energetic side, it could be ideal to give Schneiderlin the thumbs up and leave Carrick on the bench for the game.

Marouane Fellaini will more or less keep his place after playing a key role to help United into the FA Cup final. The Belgian international seems to work really well in a midfield three, allowing him to put a good shift on both sides of the pitch. Captain Wayne Rooney will definitely be starting in midfield, after returning from injury he has been playing superbly in the deep role. 

Marouane Fellaini and Wayne Rooney | Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images
Marouane Fellaini and Wayne Rooney | Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Same attacking trio

Van Gaal will looking to keep the same attack, after witnessing some fantastic performances from the attackers. Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial should be expected to carry out their duties on the wings, both players have made the most out of it with their pace and movement.

Marcus Rashford will be leading the United line once again, the youngster has four league goals in eight appearances. He will be looking to add to his goal tally with just a few games remaining of the season.

Predicted XI: De Gea, Fosu-Mensah, Blind, Smalling, Darmian, Schneiderlin, Fellaini, Rooney, Lingard, Martial, Rashford.