Manchester United vs Leicester City - predicted starting XI

Manchester United vs Leicester City - predicted starting XI

Manchester United vs Leicester City - predicted starting XI

Victory in the Premier League opener was a much-needed shot in the arm after weeks of doom and gloom, with summer target Harry Maguire's inclusion in the Foxes' line-up serving as a reminder of what they missed.

The Red Devils finished in second place in the Premier League table last term but the 20-time English champions finished a long way behind champions Manchester City.

Speaking of the World Cup, Paul Pogba has returned to Manchester with a winners medal and has been rewarded for that as he was named captain.

It was a harsh decision but Pogba showed his confidence by stepping up to take the kick. The shuffling lead up may well become a meme, but a superb finish past Kasper Schmeichel justified it. Jonny Evans joins from West Brom at a cut-price £3.5 million whilst 21-year old James Maddison signed from Norwich has the potential to excite the fans.

A Shaw giveaway deep in his own area in the 75th minute nearly gifted Leicester the leveller, but De Gea made another spectacular save to stop Demarai Gray's first-time shot from a pinpoint Vardy cross.

City were making United rock, yet the hosts held firm and ended the half well.

An injury suffered in 2015 and a contentious relationship with manager Jose Mourinho have left Shaw, signed from Southampton in 2014 as a promising teenager, looking like a failure at the club, having made just 43 league appearances in his first four seasons with the side.

It is understood United officials have grown increasingly tired and suspicious of Pogba's high-profile agent Mino Raiola, whom they blame for stories that his client would prefer to play for Barcelona.

Sources have told ESPN FC that United, who had the second best defensive record in the league last season, were concerned at the size of the fees quoted by Leicester for Maguire and by Tottenham for Alderweireld and decided both deals did not represent value for money.

Nigerian worldwide Kelechi Iheanacho is likely to lead the line and will be relishing the chance against Manchester United.

But it was far from one-way traffic.

So how would Man United line up if Mourinho had landed the players he desired?

Vardy pulled one back in stoppage time after Ricardo Pereira's cross came back off the post.

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