Pogba and Jones start, 4-2-3-1: Strongest Manchester United lineup to face Leicester City

Manchester United will look to return to winning ways when they take on Leicester City in Saturday’s late kick-off at the King Power Stadium. The Red Devils succumbed to a 2-1 defeat to Bristol City in the League Cup quarter-final in midweek, but the game saw numerous changes in the backline.

Formation: 4-2-3-1


David de Gea should return to the lineup after his midweek break. The Spain international has kept 10 clean sheets in 18 top-flight games this term, and he could be busy versus the Foxes, who have been on the up under manager Claude Puel.

With Antonio Valencia out with a hamstring problem, we are fancying Ashley Young to slot into the right-back spot, thereby vacating the left side of the defence for Luke Shaw to occupy. Phil Jones and Chris Smalling look certainties t o start in the central defensive positions.

Paul Pogba could not make much of an impact on his return from suspension against Bristol, but the Frenchman is likely to start alongside the ever-present Nemanja Matic in the centre of the park.

Further forward, Marcus Rashford is a probable candidate to start ahead of Anthony Martial on the left side of the park, and he could be accompanied by Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata in the number 10 and right-wing roles respectively. The pair were unused substitutes at Ashton Gate.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic bagged his first goal of the campaign with a sublime free-kick, but Romelu Lukaku should retain his position upfront after his substitute appearance in the Cup defeat. Lukaku has netted in back-to-back Premier League games versus Bournemouth and West Bromwich Albion.

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