Manchester United’s game against Leicester City at Old Trafford on Saturday could prove to be the toughest so far this season.
Brendan Rodgers’ side went into the international break unbeaten, after an impressive 3-1 victory over Bournemouth.
The Reds meanwhile, are struggling for goals and the Foxes have yet to concede more than one goal in each of the opening four league games.
But where Leicester are likely to pose United the most threat is in attack. The European qualification hopefuls will be high in confidence and certainly have the quality to punish United on the break.
We picked out three key players that could make a difference for the away side on Saturday.
The 32-year-old has been electric this season and looked back to his brilliant best with two goals clinical finishes against Bournemouth. Vardy causes defences problems with his non-stop running at the best of times, and Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof must be wary of his constant pressure and runs in behind. With confidence high and a two week rest for the international break, Vardy will be raring to go and eager to continue his goal-scoring form at Old Trafford.
Maddison was one of the best players on the pitch during his Leicester debut at Old Trafford last season, but his game has gone up a level since then. The 22-year-old will constantly be looking to get on the ball on the half-turn in vacant areas between the United midfield and defences, looking to feed the likes of Vardy and Harvey Barnes through on goal.
Heavily linked to United this summer, Maddison will be looking to show what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are missing out on in a creative attacking midfielder. If Scott McTominay starts in defensive midfield as expected on Saturday, it may be his responsibility to try and mark Maddison out of the game, or at least inhibit his effectiveness in creating Leicester attacks.
The Nigerian international is the anchorman that keeps Leicester’s midfield ticking over. At just 22 years of age, Ndidi is already one of the best defensive midfielders in the Premier League and is brilliant at breaking up the play with incisive tackling. Ndidi is also strong in the air, and will be one to watch out for from corners after his headed equaliser against Chelsea.
His task at Old Trafford will be to protect the Leicester back four from any United counter-attacks. Solskjaer’s men have to be more ambitious in creative in attack than they have been in recent matches to defeat Leicester, but could lose out in the midfield battle with Youri Tielemans, Maddison and Ndidi all having impressive starts to the season.