Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri: Manchester United clash represents a chance to ‘improve’

by Ben Topliss

Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri believes the clash against Manchester United this weekend represents a good opportunity for his side to improve.

Leicester head into the game at the top of the Premier League table, with Man United a point behind them in second.

Ranieri insisted the Foxes are relishing the “great challenge” against Louis van Gaal’s United side.

“I think we’re building a very big construction. I believe in the next year Leicester will grow. We are very happy,” Ranieri said.

“Some people say Leicester can remain at the top, others say it’s just a moment. I’m glad for the fans but we’re just focused. It’s an open season but our goal is 40 points. I’m very curious about how we respond to these big matches.

“We know that sooner or later we will lose. We just want to show our great character. The spirit of our group is so strong.

“Saturday is a great challenge for us to improve. We’ve had good matches but we also have weaknesses and we have to cover them.”

Riyad Mahrez

Leicester’s fixtures have been relatively kind so far this campaign but they face Swansea City, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool and Manchester City after taking on United.

While it is good that the so-called ‘weaker’ teams are upsetting the status quo, it will be interesting to see if Leicester can see through the tough period. Van Gaal will undoubtedly have plans for Foxes duo Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, who have both put in some sensational performances this season. United’s success in the game could depend on how they handle the duo.

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