There is no way to sugar quote about how Manchester United and Jose Mourinho are under extreme pressure at the moment after an inconsistent start to their season.
The Special One was brought in by United to bring the club out of the recent horrific spells under David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal. However, Mourinho’s start has been rocked by an unsettled starting XI and more surprisingly a less than fluid formation.
Leicester City are also struggling to find their feet after a remarkable title-winning campaign last time around. Likes of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez are yet to hit their top form but United will be wary of their pace and trickery going forward.
Ahead of this all-important clash this weekend, we take a look at three key questions which might decide the outcome of the match at Old Trafford.
Can Mourinho find the perfect partner for Pogba?
Paul Pogba’s struggles at Manchester United are well documented after the Frenchman has failed to dictate the tempo for his side from central midfield. While his lack of form is an obvious reason but somewhere he has not been helped by his manager by asking him to play alongside Marouane Fellaini.
Michael Carrick’s commanding display against Northampton in the EFL Cup showed everyone what Manchester United are missing and if Mourinho can get Carrick to partner Pogba, we may see a different side to his game this weekend.
Will Slimani dominate Bailly and Smalling in the air?
Leicester City’s new signing Islam Slimani got off to a perfect start last weekend scoring twice in a 3-0 win over Burnley. Slimani looked a powerful presence upfront and complimented Jamie Vardy’s pace in the best way possible.
Manager Claudio Ranieri would hope that Slimani keeps United’s central defenders occupied while the likes of Vardy, Mahrez or Musa can benefit by going beyond United’s last line of defense.
How will United play without the out of form Rooney?
Wayne Rooney is certain to be left out for United’s game against Leicester after the Englishman has been the worst run of his professional career. Rooney struggles on the ball, off the ball and everytime the ball goes to him, United fans fear the worst.
Rooney needs some time away from the game to understand what is wrong with his game and it could see Manchester United play with some more conviction going forward. Henrikh Mkhitarayan, Juan Mata or Ander Herrera should be the obvious choices to play in the number 10 role with Fellaini as a viable option as well.