LEICESTER, Sporting Alert – As expected, Memphis Depay has been dropped to the bench, while Michael Carrick makes a surprise start for Manchester United in today’s EPL clash at Leicester City.
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Jamie Vardy breaks Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s English Premier League record after scoring in 11 straight games on Saturday. In front of England manager Roy Hodgson, the Vardy gave Leicester City the lead after a quiet start.
Bastian Schweinsteiger has scored and equaliser for Manchester United to even up the score at 1-1 going into the halftime break, but surely Van Gaal cannot continue with three at the back and playing so slow and boring.
Depay was dreadful against PSV in the Champions League in midweek and as a result, has to make way for Ashley Young, as manager Louis van Gaal makes four changes to the side that played in that game.
Juan Mata also returns, with Paddy McNair also coming into the side, with Jesse Lingard and Marcos Rojo not in the side today for Manchester United.
McNair will start alongside Chris Smalling at center-back, with Daley Blind moving out to left-back.
Bastian Schweinsteiger will partner Carrick in midfield, with Morgan Schneiderlin dropped to the bench.
Captain Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial will lead the attack today.
Marouane Fellaini, Marcus Rashford, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Andreas Pereira are among the players on a very young bench.
Meanwhile, EPL leading scorer and the hottest striker in the league, Jamie Vardy, will look to break the Premier League record for scoring in consecutive games when he head up the attack for Leicester City.
Vardy has scored in 10 successive games, which ties Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s record of scoring in 10 consecutive EPL games and will break the old mark if he nets against the Dutchman’s former club on Saturday.
Danny Drinkwater, another player in good form for the Foxes, also starts in midfield, so does Riyad Mahrez.
N’Golo Kante, Marc Albrighton and Shinji Okazaki, with Danny Simpson, Wes Morgan and the experienced Robert Huth also in the starting lineup.
Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is looking forward to facing his father’s former club, while Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri is hoping to get another win over Van Gaal.
Leicester City team: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Albrighton, Kante, Drinkwater, Mahrez, Okazaki, Vardy. Subs: Schwarzer, De Laet, Inler, Schlupp, Dyer, King, Ulloa.
Manchester United team: De Gea; Darmian, McNair, Smalling, Blind; Carrick, Schweinsteiger; Mata, Rooney, Young; Martial. Subs: Romero, Borthwick-Jackson, Schneiderlin, Fellaini, Memphis, Pereira, Rashford.