Leicester City vs Manchester United: Three players who must start

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United’s face five games in the space of just over two weeks and they will need to start off on the right foot against Leicester City.

Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Antonio Valencia, Marouane Fellaini, Eric Bailly and Michael Carrick, who won’t return until the new year, are all absent for the visit to the Kingpower Stadium.

And after the Portuguese rested a variety of key members of the squad against Bristol City, here are three players who must start on Saturday night.

Jesse Lingard

Man United’s lack of a No.10 at Ashton Gate rendered their attacking build-up largely predictable and, with Leicester set to take the game to the visitors, you sense Lingard’s reintroduction in that role will be key to breaking through the lines quickly and hitting Leicester on the break.

He has already eclipsed his goal tally from his previous two campaigns and supporters will be hoping to see him on target once again.

Nemanja Matic

The Serbian received a deserved rest during the week and, while Scott McTominay performed impressively in his place, Mourinho will want his steely, commanding influence back alongside Paul Pogba on Saturday.

He has been an assured presence at the base of midfield all season, and his marshalling skills will be needed to contain the in-form duo of Riyad Mahrez and Demarai Gray.

Romeu Lukaku

There has been an unquestionable change of tone in the Belgian’s performances since his horror show against Manchester City, claiming important goals against AFC Bournemouth and West Bromwich Albion alongside coming close on several occasions from the bench on Wednesday.

The worldwide derision that followed the derby appears to have re-centered and intensified his focus in front of goal, and his return to the starting XI as he searches for his 16th goal of the season feels imperative.

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