Sunday 5 Feb

Leicester vs Manchester United Match Preview

04 Feb 2017 Stuart S. ENGLAND: Premier League
ENGLAND: Premier League

Leicester City

  • W
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • L


16:00 GMT
05 February 2017

Manchester United

  • D
  • D
  • L
  • W
  • D

16:00 GMT 05 February 2017

The Leicester City vs Manchester United match will be played on Sunday, February 5th, 2017 at the King Power Stadium in Leicester. This is matchday 24 in the 2016/17 Premier League season. Leicester are 16th with 21 points while Manchester United are 6th with 42 points.


  • Leicester has failed to score in 3 of their last 5 games (W1, D1, L3).
  • Manchester United has drawn the last 3 Premier League games but are unbeaten in the last 14 in the league (W7, D7).
  • Leicester won 1 of their last 8 Premier League matches (D2, L5).
  • There has been < 2.5 goals in United’s last four Premier League games.
  • Leicester has conceded two or more goals in 5 of their last 7 home games.


The two sides have met twice already this season. Manchester United won the FA Community Shield 2-1 at Wembley in Jose Mourinho’s first competitive game in charge of the club. United also won the Premier League clash at Old Trafford in September, thrashing the Foxes 4-1. 
United has won 12 of the last 15 meetings between the two sides (D2, L1), including 3 of the last 5 at Leicester (D1, L1).

Head to head matches: Leicester City - Manchester United

24.09.2016 Prem Manchester United Leicester City 4:1
07.08.2016 Comm Leicester City Manchester United 1:2


The Foxes miserable season continued on Tuesday night when they lost 0-1 to Burnley at Turf Moor. They now find themselves just 2 points above Crystal Palace who are in the last relegation spot.
If they do fall into the Championship, Leicester will be the first defending since Manchester City in 1937-38 to be relegated, and the first in the Premier League era.
This weekend most likely sees them without Islam Slimani and Leonardo Ulloa. The club’s record signing returned from the Africa Cup of Nations with a hip injury while the Argentinean failed to find a new club in the transfer window, picking up a thigh injury along the way.
Leicester’s biggest problem is retaining possession. Ndidi and Drinkwater is not as effective a pairing as the England man developed with N’Golo Kante last year. As a result, Riyadh Mahrez has seen less of the ball, cutting off a crucial supply line to Jamie Vardy.
The next 5 games are crucial to their survival. The Foxes face Swansea, Liverpool, Hull, and Arsenal after this match. While they may not see anything from the games against the teams in the top 6, Leicester must take maximum points from Swansea and Hull otherwise the rot will have well and truly set in.

Latest matches: Leicester City

31.01.2017 Prem Burnley FC Leicester City 1:0 L
27.01.2017 FA C Derby County Leicester City 2:2 D
22.01.2017 Prem Southampton FC Leicester City 3:0 L
14.01.2017 Prem Leicester City Chelsea FC 0:3 L
07.01.2017 FA C Everton FC Leicester City 1:2 W


Jose Mourinho’s ‘good behaviour’ ended in midweek; United are struggling so their Portuguese manager became the Sullen One with the media. It’s hardly surprising; they can’t buy a win in the Premier League.
While the point against Liverpool is a good result, the same can’t be said about the draws against Stoke and Hull.
United are only missing Phil Jones this weekend although the defender could make it. Mourinho has no need to rush him back with Eric Bailly available following Ivory Coast’s exit from the Africa Cup of Nations.
Concern is mounting about United’s last two Premier League performances with the strikeforce particularly ineffective against Hull. Anthony Martial is likely to replace Marcus Rashford as Mourinho looks to shake things up. Whether Juan Mata or Wayne Rooney are recalled remains to be seen.

Latest matches: Manchester United

01.02.2017 Prem Manchester United Hull City 0:0 D
29.01.2017 FA C Manchester United Wigan Athletic 4:0 W
26.01.2017 EFL Hull City Manchester United 2:1 L
21.01.2017 Prem Stoke City Manchester United 1:1 D
15.01.2017 Prem Manchester United Liverpool FC 1:1 D


Even though the crowd remains firmly behind them, Leicester are a pale imitation of the team which won the title last season. The bright, intuitive play in attack has been replaced by a numbing and predictable build-up.
Claudio Ranieri admitted at Southampton that his tinkering with the formation and tactics was causing problems. He declared that he would return to a straightforward 4-4-2 formation. He did at Burnley and while Leicester looked more solid, they were also ineffective going forward.
United meanwhile have their own problems. With one win in their last 5 games, their pursuit of the top has been damaged. They must win this one otherwise there is a danger that a Champions League place could once more elude them.

About the author - Stuart S.

An English freelance sports writer, Stuart has written the Arsenal blog A Cultured Left Foot since 2006, as well as numerous betting previews and articles.

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