Manchester United’s charge for the top four continues

Team news
Leicester City: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell, Ndidi, Mendy, Gray, Maddison, Barnes, Vardy. Subs: Ward, Fuchs, Morgan, Choudhury, Ghezzal, Okazaki, Iheanacho.

Manchester United: De Gea, Young, Lindelof, Bailly, Shaw, Matic, Herrera, Pogba, Lingard, Rashford, Sanchez. Subs: Romero, Dalot, Jones, Fred, Mata, Martial, Lukaku.

Alexis Sanchez starts for United! Leicester, meanwhile, field an attack full of young English talent.

Manchester United’s charge for the top four continues, then, and the fact that it sounds a remotely exciting prospect to their supporters says plenty about the situation Ole Gunnar Solskjaer inherited and the work he has done since. He oversaw his first minor wobble in midweek, really, with that draw against Burnley – but even then United came from two down at the death so there is enough happening to suggest the spirit of the old days is osmosising (is “osmosising” a word? from dugout through to pitch.

How easy will Leicester make it for them today? It’s exceptionally hard to tell because Leicester appear to fold limply one week and then pull out all the stops the next. Claude Puel remains under intense scrutiny but this is the kind of fixture they’ve tended to pull out a result in – see Manchester City (h) on Boxing Day and Liverpool (a) a mere four days ago. Their inconsistency is typical of the Premier League’s wider mid-table morass although Leicester do, at their best, have more about them than most of the division’s ballast. Will they show it today?