Manchester United take on Leicester City tonight at the King Power stadium. Leicester currently sit top of the Premier League, with United only a point behind in second place. The fixture has been eagerly awaited following Leicester’s huge surge of great form in 2015 – now it remains to be seen if they can replicate their unbelievable run against one of the big dogs.
United have been criticised of late for their ‘boring’ defensive style of play, however, Van Gaal’s side always seemingly manage to grind out a result in the league and thus have a real shout at the title race.
The Foxes finished 14th last season, but now they are top of the table and many have suggested that they can be made serious contenders if they are still up at the high end of the table by the new year, as their fixtures begin to intensify.
One man who believes Leicester can be up there come the end of the season, is Manchester United’s very own Louis van Gaal. The gaffer has a real belief that Claudio Ranieri’s team could win the league.
When asked if Leicester could win the league, Van Gaal said: “It is possible, I think.”
He went onto say that in-form striker Jamie Vardy, the league’s top scorer, is a “nasty” player to face.
Vardy has shocked the world of football with his goalscoring record, featuring 13 league goals already. Now, the 28-year-old is in line to overtake Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of scoring in 10 successive Premier League games, a goal against United tonight and the Englishman could break it.
“He was already a very nasty player for us last year,” said Van Gaal.
“He scores, he provoked a penalty, now scoring 10 goals in a row, he is a great player. I only know Dennis Bergkamp as a player who did the same with Ajax. It’s not so easy to do that.”
“Normally these kind of clubs can compete for long time, then at the end it becomes more difficult,”
“But in England because of the quality of the teams, because every team has the money to buy players – and they have bought players – the difference in the Premier League between the clubs is not so high.”
[Quotes via BBC Sport]
So how will United set up against the top of the table club? We predict:
Darmian – Smalling – Blind – Rojo
Schneiderlin – Schweinsteiger
Mata – Rooney – Lingard
It’s a huge game for both clubs, come on United!