Manchester United return to Premier League action on Saturday. They travel to Leicester to face the foxes in a matchup that has gone either way in recent years.
“Yeah, you know the international breaks, sometimes it’s a time to cross your fingers and hope for the best because as we see with Raphael, he’s got an injury, out for a few weeks, but then again Victor [Lindelof] and Eric [Bailly] played in the internationals and got good game-time so that was good for us,” said United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“With regards to Fred and Edinson, they played a full game this morning – half one it kicked off! So of course, we’re not counting on them. We’ve got to give them the time to rest and recover, which of course you have to.”
United could get an attacking boost, Marcus Rashford played behind doors last week and could boost a recently stale attack.
“He’s in the squad, yes. If he’s going to start or not, I can’t tell you now because it wouldn’t be right, but he’s worked really hard throughout the whole lay-off. He’s been really bright this week, he had a 60-minute involvement behind-closed-doors last week so he’s fit and raring to go.”
Manchester United have a tough run of games that begins with Leicester and lasts all the way to November 6th, their final match before another international break. United will face Leicester, Atalanta, Liverpool, Tottenham, Atalanta and Manchester City in that run.
Ole does not want to look past Leicester, a side that has had some good matches against United and vice-versa. United and Leicester played in somewhat of a Champions League Play Off match when they met on the final day of the 2020 season.
“We need to keep that going, keep attacking, keep having the Man United DNA as well as defending well, come together as a team, make sure we’re hard to play against. I can’t think [about] Atalanta now, Liverpool. It’s only Leicester. And that’s probably going to be the key, that we only focus one game at a time, maybe even spells in games. We’re looking forward to this run. All the best players want to play against the best teams, and we’ve got some of the best teams coming up.”
United had a 13-match unbeaten run snapped by Leicester last season. The Foxes won two and drew one with the Red Devils last season including a FA Cup Quarter-Final victory.
“It’s early on, early doors in the season. Sometimes, you don’t really see the real picture so early and, of course, they’re in the Europa League as well, so they got so many games. I have the utmost respect every time we play Leicester because they’ve signed well again, got good players; sometimes it takes times to gel. I’ve seen good football at times, and at times, like most of us, they’ve conceded goals that they shouldn’t. As every time we go down there, it’s going to be difficult.”