Manchester United v Leicester City

Leicester City can wrap up a historic and unprecedented first Premier League title with victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Premier League
1 May 2016
Matchday 36
Kick-off: 13:05 GMT

Venue: Old Trafford

Referee: M. Oliver
Assistants: G. Beswick, L. Betts,
Fourth official: C. Pawson

Head-to-head summary:

TEAM MATCHES WIN DRAW LOSS
Manchester 83 40 21 22
Leicester 83 22 21 40

Previous encounter:

Leicester City 1 – Manchester United (Premier League)
Leicester City goalscorer: Vardy (24’)
Manchester United goalscorer: Schweinsteiger (45+1‘)

Players to watch:

With Foxes top scorer Jamie Vardy suspended for the match, Leicester will look to his partner in crime Riyad Mahrez for their cutting edge. The Algerian was recently voted PFA Players’ Player of the Year, and should be bursting with confidence.

For United, French winger Anthony Martial has been in decent scoring form of late, while United fans will hope to see more of young striker Marcus Rashford, whose rise to first-team fame has been one of the more exciting plots in an otherwise forgettable campaign for the Red Devils.

Team form and manager quotes:

The Foxes have now won six of their last seven matches, most recently a 4-0 demolition of Swansea City after dropping points in a 2-2 draw with West Ham.

The unlikely champions-elect need just three more points from their remaining three matches, but victory at the Theatre of Dreams will get the party started early.

“We are fighting to try to make this dream a reality, but not yet,” cautioned the ever-pragmatic Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri ahead of the game.

“I can understand all the happiness around the city – that is great – but that is the fans and we have to work. Sunday will be a very tough match, I have a lot of respect for [Louis] van Gaal, the players and Man United fans. I know very well it will be a very difficult match. But we go with the same mentality.”

That respect is mutual, with van Gaal saying that “it was never easy to beat his teams” when asked what he thinks of the experienced Italian, but the Dutchman doesn’t want to see the Foxes celebrating at their expense.

“We cannot allow them to become champions at Old Trafford,” van Gaal said. “We won’t spoil their party, just postpone it a little.”

Team news:

In team news, Leicester will be without 22-goal striker Jamie Vardy, who is suspended following his red card against the Hammers, and subsequent reaction to lengthen the sentence.

For United, Adnan Januzaj (hamstring) is a doubt, while Bastian Schweinsteiger (medial collateral ligament) and Will Keane (groin/pelvis) join long-term absentee Luke Shaw (broken leg) on the sidelines.

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