Mourinho To Make 3 Changes: Predicted Man Utd XI To Face Leicester

By on February 3, 2017


Manchester United will be looking to close in on the top four in the Premier League table when they take on Leicester City at the King Power on Sunday afternoon.

Here is the team I think Jose Mourinho will pick for the game:

Goalkeeper: David De Gea is one of the first names on Mourinho’s team sheet so the Spaniard is almost certain to keep his place on Sunday.

Defence: Phil Jones has been ruled out after being forced off during the second half of the 0-0 draw with Hull City on Wednesday night after picking up a minor knee injury.

Eric Bailly is back in contention but I’m not convinced Mourinho will throw the Ivorian straight back in to action so I think Chris Smalling may come in to join Marcos Rojo in the middle of defence.

Antonio Valencia is expected to keep his place at right-back while Daley Blind will be hoping to keep his place at left-back ahead of Luke Shaw and Matteo Darmian.

Midfield: Despite the frustrating stalemate against Hull in midweek, I don’t think we’ll see too many changes in midfield on Sunday as Mourinho desperately needs to get back to winning ways.

Therefore, I expect the Portuguese coach will go with Michael Carrick in the holding role and Ander Herrera should keep his place alongside Paul Pogba – who’ll be given the freedom to roam in the middle of the park. The likes of Marouane Fellaini and Bastian Schweinsteiger will be options if Mourinho does decide to mix things up.


Attack: The United boss is expected to freshen things up in attack after drawing a blank against Hull so Anthony Martial may be in line for a recall with Marcus Rashford dropping out.

Juan Mata could also come in for Henrikh Mkhitaryan but Wayne Rooney may have to make do with a place on the bench once again as Zlatan Ibrahimovic should continue to lead the line up front.

Here is how we think United will line-up:

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