Manchester United travel to Leicester this afternoon with a significant prize on offer for the victors – Champions League qualification.
It has been a difficult few weeks for United after some great form. Dropped points against Southampton and West Ham at Old Trafford have set up a strange scenario for the final day at the King Power Stadium where the narrowest of margins may prove pivotal. United know a win or draw will see them qualify for the continent’s top competition, but even a narrow loss may earn that right depending on results elsewhere.
Usually in this situation United have conspired to blow a favourable position this season. So Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be counting on his strongest team to give him the best chance possible, and that will include giving Luke Shaw and Eric Bailly late fitness tests.
“We’re going to give them as much time as possible,” Solskjaer told MUTV. “I’m not going to rule anything out.”
The manager admitted fatigue has played a factor in his side’s form : “You’d expect players to feel it towards the end of a season anyway. This season has been a strange one as everyone knows. We’ve had five weeks playing now and all teams have got issues whether it be mental or physical injury-wise. We’re in a very good position going into the last game even though I’m sure some of the players are feeling it but now is not the time to look for pains and aches. Now is the time to get 90 minutes in.”
Leicester, meanwhile, have suspended defender Caglar Soyuncu unavailable, and Ben Chilwell, Ricardo Pereira, Christian Fuchs, Daniel Amartey and rumoured United target James Maddison all missing through injury.
The game is live on Sky Sports in the UK and kicks off at 3pm.
Predicted team :
Wan-Bissaka Lindelof Maguire Shaw
Greenwood Martial Rashford