Good afternoon. Manchester United last played Leicester City in the Premier League over ten years ago, in April 2004. United went into the game in third place, 13 points off Arsenal at the top of the table, and lined up at Old Trafford with a side that might at best be described as idiosyncratic. Alongside Paul Scholes and Cristiano Ronaldo were such luminaries as Roy Carroll and David Bellion, while Eric Djemba-Djemba appeared as a late substitute. United laboured to a 1-0 win with a goal from ... hang on, it says "Gary Neville" here. Is that right?
Fast forward ten years and we should see a more coherent line-up for United today, and hopefully a more impressive performance. Louis van Gaal has pretty much a full-strength squad available today -- only Phil Jones, Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini and Ashley Young are missing from the first-team squad, and of those, only Jones might be considered an automatic starter. So expect to see all your favourites from last week's demolition of QPR, along with perhaps a first start for Radamel Falcao. Robin van Persie's picked a bad moment to lose form ...
Update: no! It's Mata that loses out!
Not that it will be straightforward for United. Leicester are currently sitting 13th in the table after an impressive opening to their campaign. While they've only won once, against Stoke last weekend, they've frustrated both Everton and Arsenal at home with their defensive organisation and pace on the break. Up front, Leonardo Ulloa has taken to the Premier League like a duck to plum sauce, while at the back, Kasper Schmeichel should be fit to face his father's former club.
Manchester United: David de Gea; Rafael, Jonny Evans, Tyler Blackett, Marcos Rojo; Daley Blind, Ander Herrera, Angel di Maria; Wayne Rooney; Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie
Subs: Anders Lindegaard, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling, Darren Fletcher, Juan Mata, Antonio Valencia, Adnan Januzaj
Leicester City: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan (c), Moore, Konchesky, Hammond, Cambiasso, Nugent, Drinkwater, Vardy, Ulloa
Subs: Hamer, James, King, Schlupp, Mahrez, Wasilewski, Wood