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Manchester United will remain firmly in the hunt for a Champions League qualifying berth if they can claim a win over Leicester City at Old Trafford on Saturday.

A fascinating English Premier League season has entered the business end, with United having worked their way into sixth place after a campaign of vastly mixed fortunes.


As it stands, the Red Devils remain very much in contention for a top-four finish, and in that context, a win over 10th-placed Leicester will be viewed as a non-negotiable. Currently, United are four points behind fourth-placed Arsenal, but have played an extra game.


After the international break, this will be United’s first Premier League game for three weeks, but that last outing of course resulted in a memorable 3-2 win over Tottenham (who are still one log point ahead in fifth place on the standings).

Cristiano Ronaldo memorably scored a hat-trick against Spurs on that day, taking his season tally to 12. Interestingly, former Chelsea star Gianfranco Zola currently holds the record for the most goals (14) scored by any player older than 36, but Ronaldo is closing in on that record that has stood since the 2002/2003 season.

With 37-year-old Ronaldo also riding a wave of momentum after Portugal crucially qualified for the World Cup on Tuesday, there is every chance he could be back on the scoreboard for United this Saturday.

Of course, it can’t be forgotten that United were humbled by Leicester City earlier this season, with that 4-2 defeat followed by a 5-0 thrashing by Liverpool, which spelled the beginning of end for former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Slowly but surely, United have begun to make up some ground under interim boss Ralf Rangnick, and have scored more goals (10) via substitutes this season than any other side, with Marcus Rashford netting a league-high four of these goals.

For Brendan Rodgers and Leicester, their season has been beset by injury and illness problems this season, and a stop-start beginning to 2022 meant the Foxes didn’t register a first league win of the year until March. Notably, though, they’ve now tasted victory in three of their last four contests, edging out Brentford 2-1 at the King Power Stadium before the break.

However, a headline absentee for Leicester will be Wilfred Ndidi, who has joined Ryan Bertrand and Danny Ward on the sidelines, but Rodgers may be able to welcome back Jamie Vardy and Marc Albrighton.

The Midlands outfit have enjoyed an impressive recent run of results against United, having won each of the last three games across league and cup, but the Red Devils should be backed to inflict some revenge on their home ground this weekend.

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