Manchester United vs Leicester City: TV channel, team news, injury updates & rivals fixtures
The Red Devils return to Premier League action this weekend and must start picking up wins if they’re to have any hopes of making the top four.
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Manchester United’s 18-day gap without a fixture comes to an end on Saturday when the Red Devils host Leicester City in the Premier League.
By that stage, it will have been three weeks since United were last in league action, when Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick fired them to a 3-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur.
But since then, Spurs, Arsenal, West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers have all picked up points in the race for a top-four spot, with the Gunners in prime position as they occupy the final Champions League place at present and have a game in hand on all of the chasing pack.
For United, that’s why their focus must be on winning as many games as possible in their final fixtures of the season.
Ralf Rangnick’s men are also out of the Champions League after Atletico Madrid eliminated them earlier this month, while they were also knocked out of the FA Cup by Middlesbrough earlier this term.
It means United can focus fully on the remainder of their Premier League season, beginning with the tricky home clash against Leicester on Saturday, with the kick-off set for 5:30pm.
The Foxes are still in European action and are set to play PSV Eindhoven in a two-legged quarter-final of the maiden Europa Europa Conference League.
But it’s been a disappointing season for Leicester, who are 10th in the table following consecutive fifth-place finishes over the last two campaigns.
They certainly haven’t been helped by injuries this term, with several key men missing big chunks of the season. However, many of those, including the likes of Wesley Fofana and Jamie Vardy should be back soon, while Jonny Evans made a welcome return just before the international break.
A strong end to the season from the Midlands club could see them secure a top-half finish and win a first European trophy in their history, so they still have plenty to play for.
It was the Foxes who won when the sides last met, with a 4-2 victory at the King Power Stadium last October adding further pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the final weeks of his premiership at United.
Leicester have actually come away victorious from the three most recent meetings between the teams, including a 2-1 win at Old Trafford in the league last season, their first at the ground since 1998.
What’s the latest team news?
For United, the big concern surrounds Edinson Cavani, who Rangnick confirmed on Friday could be out for up to a month with a calf problem he picked up while on international duty.
“According to the doctor, he will be out for a couple of weeks, four weeks, maybe even five weeks. So we have to wait and see,” said the German. That means Ronaldo is their only option up front for this weekend.
However, he added Fred and Alex Telles should be fit to play after travelling back from South America on Wednesday.
Elsewhere, Luke Shaw missed United’s last three games before the international break, but featured for England in wins over Switzerland and Ivory Coast. Paul Pogba also played for France during the break, despite reports of a foot injury.
As for Leicester, Brendan Rodgers revealed in his pre-match press conference that Jonny Evans, Wesley Fofana and Marc Albrighton are all options.
However, Jamie Vardy remains out through injury, while Luke Thomas is unavailable after picking up a niggle while on international duty. Wilfred Ndidi will also miss the rest of the season due to injury, Rodgers confirmed.
Is the match on TV?
The game will be shown live in the UK on Sky Sports Main Event and Premier League.
For United, they’re also focused on who their Champions League-chasing rivals are playing. Wolves kick things off when they host Aston Villa at 3pm on Saturday.
The following day, West Ham welcome Everton to the London Stadium, before Spurs entertain Newcastle United. Arsenal wrap up the weekend of Premier League football when they travel to Selhurst Park on Monday night.