Sadly for United, it looks like Garner will sign for Everton tonight.
Brendan Rodgers on Wesley Fofana
Football Weekly klaxon!
“Hello Rob,” writes Sandy. “I hope we (United) continue our momentum. It was a hard-fought victory against Southampton last week. I am not reading too much into Leicester sitting at the bottom of the table. When United are in town, the teams get a different kick, this could be anybody’s game. If you know more about Ronaldo and which club is he going to join, then please let me know.”
He’s staying at United, at least until January. I didn’t expect that a week ago.
“McTominay again,” sniffs Dan Quinn (and Neil Carter). “Can someone please explain to me what he does to merit a place in our starting team?”
At his best, he’s fine – I thought he was player of the match in the Europa League final, for example. But he’s limited and erratic, and when he’s bad he’s a meme generator, so I take your point. He’ll obviously be a squad player once Casemiro settles in.
A bit of good news for Leicester. The influential pair of Wilfred Ndidi and James Maddison return to the side, as does Luke Thomas. The men dropping out are Dennis Praet, Daniel Amartey and Timothy Castagne.
Manchester United are unchanged.
Leicester City (possible 4-1-4-1) Ward; Justin, Evans, Ndidi, Thomas; Soumare; Maddison, Tielemans, Dewsbury-Hall, Barnes; Vardy.
Substitutes: Iversen, Soyuncu, Castagne, Albrighton, Praet, Brunt, Iheanacho, Perez, Daka.
Manchester United (4-2-3-1) De Gea; Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Malacia; McTominay, Eriksen; Sancho, Fernandes, Elanga; Rashford.
Substitutes: Heaton, Kovar, Lindelof, Maguire, Fred, Casemiro, van de Beek, Garnacho, Ronaldo.
Referee Craig Pawson.
The set is staged
Both clubs have been busyish today. Leicester have signed the Belgian defender Wout Faes from Reims for around £15m, while Manchester United have bought Antony from Ajax for £82m and the goalkeeper Martin Dubravka on loan from Newcastle. None of them are eligible to play tonight.
And if you prefer transfers to actual football, we have a dedicated deadline-day blog. Let Scott Murray be your Jim White.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of Leicester City v Manchester United at the King Power Stadium. A year ago, Brendan Rodgers was the same odds as Erik ten Hag to succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United manager. Now he’s second favourite behind Steven Gerrard to become the next Premier League manager to receive a P45. We shouldn’t be surprised – Leicester got rid of Claudio Ranieri nine months after the Premier League’s greatest fairytale – but it still doesn’t really compute that Rodgers is fighting for his job.
There are reasons for Leicester’s relative struggles. They have had vile luck with injuries over the last couple of years, and their net spend since Rodgers took over in 2019 is among the lowest in the league. But nobody cares about mitigating circumstances when you are bottom of the table.
Football’s mutability should be Rodgers’ hope. A high-profile win against an improving but still eminently beatable Manchester United would reduce the noise and lift Leicester off the bottom of the table. Leicester’s last two home games against United were rousing victories – 4-2 in the league last year, 3-1 in the FA Cup quarter-final season before. On both occasions, Rodgers outwitted Solskjaer.
Whatever happens in the next few weeks, history will remember Rodgers as one of the best coaches in Leicester’s history. But he’ll hope the story isn’t done just yet.
Kick off 8pm.