Manchester United may have returned to 3-5-2 for top of the table clash with Leicester City

Manchester United might have returned to the 3-5-2 formation for their trip to Leicester City.

United will go top of the Barclay's Premier League with a win of any kind against currently league leaders Leicester.

Jamie Vardy starts for Leicester as he looks to break former-United man Ruud van Nistelrooy's record of goals in consecutive games. Vardy equalled it against Newcastle United last weekend, and will be hoping to score in his eleventh consecutive league game against United at 5:30 pm on Saturday.

United may return to 3-5-2 formation after 5-3 defeat last year

With injuries to Marcos Rojo and Jesse Lingard, there are four youth players in United's 18-man squad. Paddy McNair starts in defence, which could either be a back three or back four.

Last year United played a 3-5-2 at the King Power Stadium and lost 5-3 in one of the biggest humiliations in the last decade for the Reds.

Manchester United Starting XI: De Gea, McNair, Smalling, Blind, Darmian, Carrick, Schweinsteiger, Young, Mata, Rooney, Martial.

The starting eleven, released an hour prior to kick-off,  sees a few changes. David De Gea retains his goalkeeping position, the first name on the teamsheet every week.

Chris Smalling, who has kept seven clean sheets in his last nine games, starts in defence alongside McNair. Daley Blind could either be joining them in a back three or starting at left-back. Ashley Young starts and could be a left-winger in a 4-2-3-1 or a left-wing-back in a 3-5-2.

Four academy players in Man United squad

Bastian Schweinsteiger and Michael Carrick are the midfield pairing, leaving many United fans worried due to the lack of pace. They were the two in midfield in United's 3-0 defeat to Arsenal in October.

Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial start up front for the Reds, after manager Louis van Gaal backed Rooney despite a poor season for the captain.

Marcus RashfordCameron Borthwick-Jackson and Andreas Pereira are all on the bench as academy graduates.

Manchester United substitutes: Sergio Romero, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Marouane Fellaini, Memphis Depay, Andreas Pereira, Morgan Schneiderlin, Marcus Rashford.

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