Out-of-form Manchester United host title-holders Leicester City in the Premier League’s early kick-off on Saturday.
Both played in midweek League Cup fixtures, with the Foxes beaten by Chelsea on Tuesday, before United dispatched League One Northampton Town the following night.
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It was the Reds’ first win in four attempts and manager Jose Mourinho will hope it signals an upturn in fortunes going into a difficult clash at Old Trafford.
The likes of David De Gea, Eric Bailly and Paul Pogba were all given the night off and should return fresh for Saturday’s tricky fixture.
Michael Carrick and Ander Herrera both scored in the League Cup victory, but may find themselves competing for one midfield spot against Leicester, with Marouane Fellaini the most likely to make way.
Mourinho defended Wayne Rooney in his press conference, after the captain came in for more criticism with another poor display against Northampton, but it would seem the Portuguese trainer isn’t ready to drop United’s longest-serving player just yet.
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Anthony Martial misses out with a calf injury, while Luke Shaw and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are both doubts.
Jose Mourinho has revealed Anthony Martial is unavailable for Saturday’s Premier League game against Leicester at Old Trafford. #MUFC
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Phil Jones, who has yet to feature in this campaign, is still sidelined with a persistent knee problem.
Leicester have found consistency hard to come by in the Premier League so far, notching up two wins, two losses and a draw from their opening fixtures.
Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is a slight doubt with a muscle injury, while defender Marcin Wasilewski is ruled out through suspension.
CR says Schmeichel has slight muscle pain: “Today he makes some training session. Tomorrow I’ll check. If it’s nothing serious he’ll play.”
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Nampalys Mendy could feature at some stage; the former-Nice midfielder has not played since picking up an injury against Arsenal in August, but Matthew James remains a long-term absentee.
Leicester will be aiming to kick-start their title defence after a sluggish beginning to the season, but a visit to the Theatre of Dreams will prove a stern test for the champions.
Possible Man Utd starting XI (4-3-3) De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Young; Carrick, Pogba, Rooney; Lingard, Rashford, Ibrahimovic
Possible Leicester starting XI (4-4-2): Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs; Mahrez, Drinkwater, Amartey, Albrighton; Slimani, Vardy