Manchester United v Leicester LIVE Football Match Score 01/09/2022
Manchester United hope to make it three straight wins on Thursday when they visit struggling Leicester City for a 2022-23 English Premier League match. Manchester United (2-0-2) rebounded from two ugly losses to start the season with a stunning 2-1 victory against Liverpool, followed by a 1-0 victory at Southampton on Saturday. Manager Erik ten Hag has kept all-time top goal scorer Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench to start three of the four matches, and the 37-year-old is seeking a relocation. Leicester (0-1-3) started the season with a 2-2 draw against Brentford but have lost three in a row, including a 2-1 setback Saturday against shorthanded Chelsea.
Leicester City are yet to win in the 2022/23 Premier League and failed to capitalise against opponents who spent more than an hour down to 10 men in their 2-1 defeat at Chelsea on Saturday.United were not entirely convincing in their 1-0 win at Southampton but the result was all that mattered as their run of seven away defeats ended and Erik ten Hag won his first game on the road as manager and his second match in a row following that 2-1 victory over Liverpool. As Brendan Rodgers looks to arrest the slide of a squad in transition, the arrival of a Manchester United side finally showing signs of something like a resurgence may not be the most welcome sight on the opposite half of the pitch at the King Power Stadium.
Manchester United square off against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Thursday evening looking to record their third successive win in the Premier League. Meanwhile, the Foxes are still searching for their first victory in the top flight, the club currently sitting bottom of the standings. Ahead of their meeting with Liverpool, United boss Erik ten Hag would have naturally had concerns that his side would succumb to a third defeat in a row in the Premier League. However, in the space of two matches, the mood at Old Trafford has changed for the better, United following a 2-1 success over fierce rivals Liverpool with a 1-0 triumph at Southampton.
The most recent win came in far different circumstances and atmosphere than the Liverpool showdown, but that is what Ten Hag will take confidence from as he looks to transform United into a team which do not look devoid of character and passion against the lower teams in the division. Bruno Fernandes answered criticism of his form with a quite wonderful finish at St Mary’s, the playmaker getting on the scoresheet for the first time since May 2.
While Ten Hag will not be getting carried away with his team scoring just four times in as many matches, they have come through the first stage of their test of character with flying colours. Brendan Rodgers requires a similar response from his Leicester players with the club losing three consecutive fixtures in the Premier League. Unlike against Arsenal and Southampton, there were positives to take from the display at Chelsea, although it should not be forgotten that the Foxes played against 10 men for 62 minutes plus added-on time.
Leicester have certainly not been helped by constant speculation regarding key men, but that should not be used as an excuse when too many players have under-performed during the opening weeks of the season. Only James Maddison has performed to a high level, and Rodgers will be desperate for the playmaker to return to the squad after a minor muscle injury. Leicester head into this fixture on a five-game unbeaten streak against United, who last defeated Thursday’s hosts in July 2020.
Kickoff is set for 3 p.m ET at King Power Stadium in Leicester, England. Caesars Sportsbook lists United as the +105 favorite (risk $100 to win $105) on the 90-minute money line in its latest Leicester City vs. Manchester United odds. Leicester is listed as the +240 underdog, a regulation draw at +270 and the over/under for total goals scored at 2.5. Before you lock in your Manchester United vs. Leicester City picks, make sure you check out the English Premier League predictions from proven SportsLine soccer insider Martin Green.
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The Red Devils needed a jolt of confidence, and they got it with the stirring victory against Liverpool. They held the ball for just 29% of the match but were dangerous on the counter-attack and equaled the Reds’ five shots on target. Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho scored in that match, and Bruno Fernandes got the winner against Southampton. The 27-year-old Fernandes looks more dangerous when fellow Portugal star Ronaldo is on the bench. He had 18 goals and 12 assists the season before Ronaldo returned to Manchester United.
Ronaldo had 18 last season, while Fernandes had 10 goals and set up six. The aging Ronaldo can still provide brilliance off the bench, and the Man U attack could find more success against the Foxes. Leicester City have conceded 10 goals in the four matches, and stalwart goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has moved on. Replacement Danny Ward has saved just six of the 16 shots on target he has faced (37.5 percent).
The Foxes haven’t had success so far, but they have the talent to challenge a shaky Man U defense. They also are unbeaten in the past four league meetings (2-2-0), including a 4-2 win at King Power Stadium in October. Youri Tielemans and Jamie Vardy both scored in that match, and while neither has found the net this season, they combined for 21 goals in 2021-22. Vardy has scored at least 15 in five straight seasons, so he is due for one, and he has two assists. David de Gea is nearly as unstable as Ward, saving just 65 percent of the shots he’s faced (13 of 20).
Tielemans, Harvey Barnes and James Maddison are a strong engine for the attack featuring Vardy. Maddison has scored twice this season, and the team hopes he will be fit after missing out last week. Barnes scored the lone goal in the Chelsea loss. Leicester has taken the lead in both home games but couldn’t close out a victory. They should have chances against United, which has allowed 63 shots, fifth-most in the league. Eight of Man U’s 12 losses last season came on the road, and 10 of the Foxes’ 14 victories (and 34 of their 52 points) came at home.