Leicester City will kick off their 2018/19 Premier League campaign looking to carry the momentum generated during a successful pre-season.
Despite losing Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City, Leicester have accomplished some shrewd business during the transfer window, including the signing of Rachid Ghezzal. However, perhaps most importantly, keeping hold of two integral figures of the Foxes squad in goalkeeper Kasper Schmeical and central defender Harry Maguire could prove to be very beneficial to the club over the course of the season. A real statement of intent from Claude Puel and company.
Leicester’s opponents Manchester United will go into the game with expectations of beginning their season positively in order to kick on and mount a serious challenge for the title for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down as manager in 2013. Jose Mourinho has assembled a squad full of quality that can trouble oppositions this season.
During pre-season, Kelechi Iheanacho has looked especially dangerous for Claude Puel’s men, netting four times in three games – including a brace in France against Lille in their final outing before the kick off. Iheanacho will be looking to replicate his outstanding form throughout the season starting with United on Friday. In 21 appearances last season, Iheanacho bagged just three times and will certainly be looking to improve this time around with his place in the team all but secured following the stunning form he displayed
When the two sides met last time out, The Foxes managed to rescue a 2-2 draw with Manchester United courtesy of a 94th minute goal from Harry Maguire who has shown his ability to provide a different approach to attacking (namely set-pieces) for both his national side and clubs in the past. Could he once again prove to be the difference for Leicester?
Leicester will meet Manchester United in the first contest of the Premier League Season 2018/19 tomorrow night at Old Trafford and will look to start the season with a shock.
By Joe Hooper