MANCHESTER United (MU) will undergo a crucial duel against Leicester City in Week 31 of the English Premier League, Saturday (2/4) evening WIB at Old Trafford.
Evicted to sixth place in the Premier League standings, the match is certainly an important match for the Red Devils – MU’s nickname – considering they need 3 points to move up to fifth position and widen their chances of qualifying for the Champions League next season.
Carrying a revenge mission after the 2-4 defeat to Leicester in the previous match, in this match, MU has a good enough capital to win, when Ralf Rangnick’s squad previously managed to win 3-2 over Tottenham Hotspur.
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However, the Red Devils’ journey to victory will not be easy. The reason is Edinson Cavani will most likely not play, after suffering an injury while strengthening the Uruguay national team.
“After exertion around the world with their national team, the players will soon return to Carrington and prepare for the fight against the Foxes – as Leicester are nicknamed -. However, Edinson Cavani picked up an injury while playing for Uruguay and should be a doubt for the game,” wrote United in a statement. official, quoted Friday (1/4) WIB.
Christiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes are tipped to be the Red Devils’ mainstays to win in that match, after both managed to lead Portugal to a 2-0 victory over North Macedonia in a World Cup qualifier. It will certainly be an additional spirit to silence Leicester.
“Bruno Fernandes is of course in good form after his two goals took Portugal through to the World Cup finals by beating North Macedonia,” the club said in a statement.
“Jesse Lingard, Jadon Sancho and Nemanja Matic were among those at our training center on Wednesday (30/3),” continued the Red Devils.
In the Foxes squad, Jamie Vardy certainly missed the trip to Old Trafford and may still be sidelined for the next few weeks.
“We will see later [kondisi Vardy]. We work from day to day. He’s definitely not fit for this weekend but we will assess his condition next week or two,” Leicester coach Brendan Rodgers told a news conference.
Apart from Vardy, Rodgers is also unable to play midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, who recently underwent knee surgery. The Nigeria international is expected to be out until the end of the season.
“He had surgery recently and is trying to come back in June,” added Rodgers. “Papy Mendy replaced him, we thought he was going to leave last summer but he’s back in the team and he’s always been a professional,” explained Rodgers.
Although he will lose a number of his mainstay players, Leicester retainer James Justin is optimistic that he can win. If the Foxes win, it will be their first win at Old Trafford since 1998.
“It will be a very good game, with two good teams playing against each other. We know the quality we have, and the international players they have at a high level. It will be a tough game, but hopefully we can go there and get good results,” Justin said.
“I don’t even know those stats (first win at Old Trafford since 1998), to be honest, but it’s definitely good to have an update soon.”
“We did a great job last year (win over Manchester United 4-2), Hopefully we can do the same this year,” he said. (ManUtd.com/Lcfc.com/OL-1)