Manchester United will look to keep their slim hopes for a Premier League title alive when they face Leicester City on Tuesday at 6 pm (UK time).
This is the Red Devils’ second game in 48 hours and they will play again on Thursday in hopes of closing the gap with league leaders Manchester City. Man Utd is currently 10 points behind its neighbors with four games to play, and it must be perfect to even have a chance to get them to the post. Leicester, meanwhile, has seen their grip on the top four loosen in recent weeks, but they can move back up to a third-place with victory at Old Trafford.
Manchester United v Leicester City Predicted XI:
With three games spread over five days, Man Utd is almost certain to rotate for this game, and Harry Maguire is expected to miss through injury as well. Jonny Evans faces a late physical fitness test for Leicester, but he may not take a chance before the FA Cup final, which may also be on Brendan Rodgers’ mind.
Manchester United: Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Bailly, Telles; Matic, McTominay; Diallo, Fernandes, Rashford; Cavani.
Leicester City: Schmeichel; Castagne, Soyuncu, Fofana; Pereira, Ndidi, Mendy, Albrighton; Pérez; Iheanacho, Vardy.
Edinson Cavani ready to “achieve special things” after a new contract
When Edinson Cavani joined Man Utd on a free transfer last summer, he saw himself as the club adding seasoned backing to possibly the weakest part of their team. Although Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, and Anthony Martial are all more than capable, none of the trio had enjoyed a lengthy career as Man Utd’s center forward prior to last season.
Everyone knew how good Cavani had been in his prime, for both Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain, but the Uruguayan had slowed down in his later years in Paris as they took a new direction. But Cavani has been a brilliant addition to this Man Utd team, possibly one of the signings of the season, especially considering that he was a free agent in the summer.
The 34-year-old has scored 15 goals for Manchester United in all competitions, scoring his last in a 3-1 win over Aston Villa at the weekend. He has been particularly key in the Europa League, scoring five goals in his last three games to send Manchester United to the final.
In the Premier League and Europa League, Cavani is impressively surpassing his expected goal count by 2.44, scoring 14 times in the two competitions. Every 90 minutes, he averages 0.89 goals from a 0.75 xG, with 2.8 shots.
His performances secured Cavani a one-year extension at Old Trafford, and the Uruguayan has high hopes for his second season.
“Throughout the season, I have developed a great affection for the club and all that it stands for,” he told Man Utd’s official website.
“I feel a deep bond with my teammates and the staff who work behind the scenes here. They give me extra motivation every day and I know that together we can achieve special things.
“From the first moment I arrived, I felt the confidence of the coach. As a player, this belief gives you the perfect opportunity to play your best soccer and I want to thank you for that.
“I was moved by how much the fans wanted me to stay, and I will do my best to bring them happiness and joy with my performances on the field. I haven’t been able to play in front of the Old Trafford crowd yet and that’s something I can’t wait to do. “