Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be tempted to revert to the Manchester United XI which beat Leeds 6-2 last weekend when the Red Devils take on Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Boxing Day.
The United boss made nine changes for the midweek win at Everton in the Carabao Cup, with only Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes keeping their places from the Leeds win.
The pair are likely to start again in the clash between the sides sitting second and third in the table, and Solskjaer is wary of the Foxes’ quality.
“We’ve had some good games against Leicester, very tight games,” he said at his press conference.
“They’re a very good side with a very good coach and I’ve enjoyed watching them under Brendan [Rodgers].
“It was a big test for us to go down there at their stadium for the last league game of last season in the summer.
“We passed that one with flying colours. I felt we really controlled the game.
“I know it’s not going to be the same now because it’s a different time of the season. They have some threats that you have to look for.”
United have made a habit of conceding the first goal in recent matches, and Solskjaer says they can’t afford to keep doing that/
“It’s going to catch up with you if you keep letting the other team take the lead, and Leicester are one of those teams who you don’t want to give a one or two-goal lead to because they have got so many players on the transition,” said Solskjaer.
“If they can play on the result, you could easily concede two, three or four. So, we have to start as well as we did (against Everton in the Carabao Cup quarter-final).
“Of course, the first goal in any game is a very important one.”
If the Norwegian does go back to the same XI that started the Leeds win then it’ll mean that Scott McTominay has overcome a tight groin, while Daniel James is pressing to start after scoring last weekend.
Paul Pogba would miss out, although his involvement is likely to depend on McTominay’s fitness.
Probable XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Fred, McTominay, Fernandes, James, Rashford, Martial.
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