Premier League Preview and Prediction: Manchester United vs Leicester City

Competition: Premier League – Manchester United vs. Leicester City

Venue: Old Trafford – Sunday, May 1st – 14:05 GMT (09:05 ET)

Match Odds: Man United 1/1 – Draw 23/10 – Leicester 29/10

Match Preview

Manchester United welcome Leicester City to Old Trafford in what could be the day Claudio Ranieri’s side make history and win the Premier League.

United’s last Premier League game was their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace. There is still a chance for them to finish in the top four, they sit five points behind but they do have a game in hand. The Red Devils are reliant on other results going their way.

Louis Van Gaal’s side will be full of confidence having dramatically reached the FA Cup Final last weekend, giving them a great chance of silverware this season.

Manchester United have won their last six home matches against Leicester so the away side will have to break that trend if they are to be crowned champions this weekend.

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Leicester City extended their unbeaten run to seven games last weekend with their 4-0 demolition over Swansea.

Ranieri’s side are within touching distance of the Premier League title, but only all three points will secure the silverware this weekend.

Leicester have won six of their last seven league games and kept six clean sheets along the way. We can expect them to be as difficult as ever to break down here.

A win here would cap off what has been an amazing season for Leicester, they have been in good form away, winning three on the bounce.

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Team News

Manchester United could be without up to five through injury as Bastian Schweinsteiger, Adnan Januzaj, Luke Shaw and Will Keane are all ruled out, while Phil Jones is a doubt.

Leicester City are still expected to be without Matthew James through injury, while Jamie Vardy is serving the additional game of his suspension.

Key Points

Manchester United’s last five Premier League games: W/W/L/W/W

Leicester City’s last five Premier League games: W/W/W/D/W

Key Stat: Manchester United have won their last six home matches in the Premier League.

Key Player: Kasper Schmeichel – The Danish ‘keeper could follow in his fathers footsteps and win the Premier League title at Old Trafford. We can expect both ‘keepers to be busy but Schmeichel’s performances have been an integral part of Leicester’s chase for the title. He has kept seven clean sheets in his last ten league games.

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Score Prediction

Manchester United 0-0 Leicester City – The champagne will have to stay on ice for at least another week for Leicester City. This will be a very tight tie with neither side looking weak at the back. Manchester United will have to do something not many sides have successfully achieved over the course of the season and break Leicester down. With both goalkeepers in fantastic form they will be the stars of the show here.

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International Preview and Prediction: Spain vs England

Competition: International Friendly – Spain vs. England

Venue: Estadio José Rico Pérez – Friday, November 13 – 19:45 GMT (14:45 ET)

Match Odds: Spain 3/4 – Draw 12/5 – England  4/1

Match Preview

Spain host England at Estadio José Rico Pérez on Friday night as the two sides lock horns for the first time since 2011. The Spanish national team, as you would expect, is loaded with talent but a few key players are missing.

As with any International Friendly, this gives the head coaches a chance to rotate and experiment, but given the strength of both squads, the game has the makings of a good one.

Spain have won their last five on the bounce and are unbeaten in six. The last meeting between the sides was back in 2011 at Wembley in a game which was settled by a single Frank Lampard goal.

The two haven’t met on Spanish turf since 2009, where the hosts last came out on top as 2-0 winners, with David Villa and Fernando Llorente netting on that occasion.

Six Premier League players have made the squad for Spain, including four Chelsea players in Cesar Azpilicueta, Cesc Fabregas, Pedro Rodriguez and Diego Costa, which comes as a surprise given their abysmal season with the Blues so far. Manchester United’s David de Gea could start in goal, while Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla will look to make an impact from midfield.

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England have enjoyed some of their best form to date since the World Cup in 2014. They are unbeaten in their last 15 and have scored an impressive 16 goals in their last five outings.

Roy Hodgson has opted for a squad full of young players who will see this as a chance to make a lasting impression with the European Championships just around the corner. The Tottenham midfield duo of Dele Alli and Eric Dier will be hoping for minutes on the pitch, while their teammate Harry Kane is expected to feature.

England captain Wayne Rooney has struggled for consistent form so far this season with Manchester United but is always likely to produce for the national team.

This is a good chance for Hodgson to pick up a positive result in Spain but he will be focusing on getting the best out of his players and looking for consistency to continue with Euro 2016 now just seven months away.

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Team News

Spain have recalled Diego Costa to the side. The Chelsea forward has only played nine times for his adopted nation, scoring just once. One to watch is Paco Alcacer, the Valencia forward has netted five in five this season. The usual suspects for Spain are expected to play some part in this one, with the likes a Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta, Jordi Alba, Isco and Koke all making the squad. Sergio Ramos and Juanfran have withdrawn due to injury.

England have had just the one withdrawal from the squad as James Milner will miss both this and the France game. Tottenham’s impressive start to the Premier League season has seen four of their inform stars make the squad. Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy will be itching to make an impression as they have been in incredible form so far in their domestic seasons. Kane has six goals and Vardy has 12 so far this campaign.

Key Points

Spain’s last five: W/W/W/W/W

England’s last five: W/W/W/W/W

Key Stat: England are unbeaten in their last 15 outings and have scored 16 goals in their last five games.

Key Player: Paco Alcacer – So long as the Spanish forward starts he will be looking to punish the England defence. His five in five for Valencia have alerted a number of European clubs and the 22-year-old certainly doesn’t lack confidence.

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Score Prediction

Spain 1-1 England – Neither side will want to lose this one and with recent form taken into consideration they are hard to split. Both sides have a two tough fixtures in this international break and domestic managers will have issued strict warnings to both Vicente del Bosque and Roy Hodgson that they don’t want any unnecessary injuries to their players. That could result in a cagey draw.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Southampton vs Manchester United

Competition: Premier League – Southampton vs. Manchester United

Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium – Sunday, September 20 – 16:00 BST (11:00 ET)

Match Odds: Southampton 15/8 – Draw 11/5 – Manchester United 6/4

Match Preview

Southampton host Manchester United in this week’s later Super Sunday clash, in a game that should be a low scoring affair between two sides that will look to keep things tight defensively.

Both sides boast stern defences, proved by the fact that the Saints haven’t conceded in their last three Premier League outings.

Sunday will also see Morgan Schneiderlin return back at his old stomping ground, St. Mary’s, just months after leaving. The French international spent seven years with the south coast side before his summer move to United.

Southampton’s 2015 Premier League Record: P5 – W1 – D3 – L1

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United come into the game off the back of a dismal night in Eindhoven on Tuesday which saw them lose 2-1 to Dutch champions PSV and lose key man, and former Saint Luke Shaw to a horrific leg break.

They will be hoping for a better result on Sunday, and will also be hoping to see another wonder goal from new striker Anthony Martial, after he set Old Trafford alight with a solo effort last Saturday in his United debut against Liverpool.

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Though, should captain Wayne Rooney be fit to start, Martial make have to make an appearance off the bench. The Englishman remains a doubt but could be in line to start.

Manchester United’s 2015 Premier League Record: P5 – W3 – D1 – L1

Team News

Southampton are missing Fraser Forster, Ryan Bertrand and Florin Gardos with knee injuries. Jordy Clasie and Gaston Ramirez are still struggling to shake off niggling injuries and will miss the visit of United.

Manchester United will be without defenders Luke Shaw and Phil Jones for the trip to Saints. Shaw suffered a double fracture in his right leg in Champions League action on Tuesday night and Phil Jones is still struggling with a blood clot. Wayne Rooney is a doubt with a hamstring injury but could return in place of Anthony Martial.

Key Points

Southampton’s last five: D/L/D/W/D

Manchester United’s last five: W/W/D/L/W

Key Stat: Manchester United have won on six of their last seven away trips to Southampton in all competitions.

Key Player: David De Gea – After a summer in limbo, Spanish stopper De Gea returned to his frightening best with a stellar display that earned United all three points against Liverpool last week. He remains United’s best asset and will be important here.

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Score Prediction

Southampton 0-2 Manchester United – We’re not expecting it to be as easy as the scoreline may suggest for the Red Devils but we still expect them to take all three points and remain in the early season title chase.

PHOTOS: Exclusive images of United training in Seattle, new signings featured

Manchester United start their preseason campaign on Friday night with their first International Champions Cup match taking place in Seattle against Club America.

The Red Devils then fly out to California to face the San Jose Earthquakes, before key games against FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.

New United signings Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Matteo Darmian all made the trip to the United States, along with David De Gea despite ongoing exit talks.

Check out all of those players in action as our North American photographer Denise McCooey watched United train at the Seattle Seahawks’ Virginia Mason Athletic Center – the second largest training facility in the NFL:

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TRANSFER ROUNDUP: United closing on £43m mega deal, Spurs man labels exit talk ‘crazy’

Daily transfer roundup (Tuesday, June 23)

MLS Rumours

The New York Red Bulls are being linked with a move for Romanian winger Victoras Astafei, and have been in discussions over a possible deal throughout June. (REPORT)

Recently released Birmingham City defender Will Packwood is now on trial with New York Red Bulls after spending time with New England Revolution earlier this month. (REPORT)

Recently released Southampton goalkeeper Cody Cropper has turned down a return home to play in America. (REPORT)

Premier League Rumours

Manchester United are ready to offer Real Madrid £21 million as well as £22 million-rated goalkeeper David De Gea to secure the signing of Sergio Ramos, but will have to offer him £260,000-a-week. (REPORT)

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Tottenham right-back DeAndre Yedlin has laughed off rumours linking him with a loan move away from Spurs, just six months after completing his move to the Premier League. (REPORT)

Sunderland are looking to move for West Ham playmaker Stewart Downing this summer. (REPORT)

Done Deals (Including Monday, 22nd)

Swansea City have signed 26-year-old Sweden international goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt from Dutch side Heerenveen. (REPORT)

James McClean has opted to stay in England despite interest from MLS by signing for West Bromwich Albion for £1.5 million. (REPORT)

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Southampton have signed Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg on loan for the season. (REPORT)

Norwich City have agreed a deal to sign Youssouf Mulumbu from West Brom. (REPORT)

TRANSFER ROUNDUP: United close on Madrid star, Liverpool’s SHOCK bid & German’s MLS move unlikely

Daily transfer roundup (Friday, June 5)

MLS Rumours

Miroslav Klose looks set to stay with Lazio. The German seemed to be on his way out but club director, Igli Tare has distanced the goalscorer from a move, stating that he has one year remaining on his contract and hasn’t expressed a desire to leave. (REPORT)

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Meanwhile, Klose’s teammate, Cristian Ledesma‘s exit is at a standstill. The midfielder had reportedly fallen out with the club and MLS is a possible destination. (REPORT)

Premier League Rumours

Manchester United‘s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, has met with Karim Benzema’s agent. A £40 million bid could be enough to secure the Frenchman’s services. (REPORT)

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Liverpool have made contact with regard to a surprise bid for Real Madrid Goalkeeper Iker Casillas. The Spanish national captain is expected to leave the club as they hope to land United’s David de Gea. (REPORT)

Everton are closing in on signing Manchester United’s Tom Cleverly with a five-year deal reportedly agreed between the two clubs for the midfielder. (REPORT)

TRANSFER ROUNDUP: United to HIJACK Arsenal target, Liverpool’s Real Madrid swoop & Britton to MLS

Daily transfer roundup (Monday, June 1)

MLS Rumours

Swansea City‘s Leon Britton is being linked with a move away from the club after limited playing time and Major League Soccer is a possible destination. (REPORT)

Former Liverpool hero, John Arne Riise, is on the verge of signing for Philadelphia Union with Renee Mulensteen playing a key role in the move. (REPORT)

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Oguchi Onyeywu‘s future with New York City FC remains uncertain. The defender has been on a week trial with the club but they are yet to decide whether or not to sign him on a permanent basis. (REPORT)

Premier League Rumours

Manchester United are set to hijack Arsenal‘s move for Southampton‘s Morgan Schneiderlin who is seen as a long-term replacement for Michael Carrick. (REPORT)

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Chelsea have moved into pole position to sign £57m rated Paul Pogba from Juventus. The Frenchman has attracted interest from Europe’s elite clubs. (REPORT)

Liverpool are plotting a £10.5m move for Real Madrid goalkeeper, Keylor Navas, as Los Blancos are preparing for David de Gea to become their number one. (REPORT)
Done Deals
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Watford have completed the signing of Werder Bremen defender Sebastian Prodl. The 27-year-old free agent is Watford’s first signing since their return to the top flight. (REPORT)

2014/15 Premier League Season Review: Manchester United

Premier League Final Position: 4th

Review

Manchester United will feel disappointed with this season knowing that a late three-game losing streak potentially cost them third place and a guaranteed Champions League place next season, but the overriding emotion will be relief that the club are back in the top four after finishing 7th last season.

United were extremely dominant in possession this season as they finished with an average possession statistic of 61%. They were also the most accurate passers in the league with 85% overall passing accuracy, which is extremely impressive and Louis Van Gaal deserves great credit for that in his first season at Old Trafford.

The only thing that managed to let them down was their inability to score enough goals to challenge for the title and they are just one out-and-out goalscorer from challenging; providing they can keep hold of David De Gea this summer.

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Podcast Review

Best Moment

Completing the double over rivals Liverpool was certainly a major plus for United this season. The Red Devils were extremely impressive as they took all six points on offer against long time rivals Liverpool. A 3-0 win at Old Trafford in December was followed up by a 2-1 away win at Anfield in March.

Worst Moment

Losing 5-3 against Leicester City early on in the campaign was a game they will want to forget. After going 3-1 up at King Power Stadium, United capitulated and ended up losing 5-3 in what was a dreadful day for Louis Van Gaal’s men.

Player of the Year

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David De Gea – Spanish shot stopper David De Gea was the main reason why United made the top four, providing countless solid displays that earned his side valuable points all season long and he needs to be retained if United are to kick on.

Biggest Win

Manchester United 4-0 Queens Park Rangers (September 14, 2014)

Biggest Defeat

Everton 3-0 Manchester United (April 26, 2015)

What to improve for the 2015 season…

Put simply, United need to score more goals. If they are to challenge for the title, they will need to produce more up top and need to strengthen in the transfer window. Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal all scored more than them this season, and the main reason for this is because United did not produce enough in the final third.

United could get TWO Real Madrid players if De Gea leaves

Manchester United could land both Gareth Bale and Fabio Coentrao should goalkeeper David De Gea leave for Real Madrid this summer.

Coentrao may be keen on a move to a new club as he has only made 13 appearances in all competitions for Madrid this season and could be included as part of a player-plus-cash deal between the two clubs, according to Jose Felix Diaz of Marca.

Meanwhile, rumours of Bale leaving the Spanish capital have been growing rapidly and United legend Gary Neville has urged Louis Van Gaal to try his utmost to bring the Welshman back to the Premier League.

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“Once a player only has a year left on his contract, Manchester United have a decision to make if Real do come for him, as it looks like they will,” Neville said on his Sky Sports podcast.

“Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool will all want Gareth Bale. So if you are going to give Real a player, I think it would make sense to try and get Bale and steal him in return for De Gea.”

Although the Red Devils will be desperate to hold on to De Gea’s services, Neville believes there is nothing they can do to stop him leaving for the Spanish giants.

“With his form this season I was always hopeful he’d stay, but with the wave of noise in the press it just looked to have an inevitability about it.”

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Man United have already secured the services of Dutch winger Memphis Depay from PSV Eindhoven and with Falcao unlikely to be signed on a permanent basis and Di Maria struggling for form, chasing the signature of Bale is likely to be a major priority.

With United valuing De Gea at approximately £30 million, it’s likely they would still have to pay a significant transfer fee to persuade Real to sell the Welsh international, especially if Coentrao is included as part of the deal.

Would a deal that brings Bale and Coentrao to Old Trafford at the cost of David De Gea heading the other way be a good move for Manchester United?

Real Madrid make official £14m offer to United for star man – report

Real Madrid have put a firm offer on the Manchester United table for goalkeeper David De Gea, according to Marca.

The Spanish giants have long been linked with a move for United’s shot-stopper and with an official €20 million (£14.45) offer now reportedly made, it looks as if De Gea is edging closer to an Old Trafford exit after four seasons.

United want closer to £36 million for their star man but Madrid president Florentino Perez won’t go higher than £21 million.

De Gea joined United from Atletico Madrid for £17.8 million in 2011 but it doesn’t look like they’ll make much of a profit, if any, on that amount as he only has 12 months left on his current contract.

He hasn’t penned a new United deal and so the club will be forced to cash in on their number one this summer.

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The 24-year-old Spain international was taken off in United’s final home game of the season against Arsenal on Sunday with a hamstring injury that could rule him out of the club’s final league game, so he could have played his last match for the Red Devils.

Louis Van Gaal did little to quash rumours of an exit after the Arsenal game and made it sound as if the club are resigned to losing their young ‘keeper.

“He is Spanish and his girlfriend is Spanish and he can go to another great club, so it is difficult for him to decide, but the club won’t let him go easily,” Van Gaal said.

Has David De Gea played his last game for Manchester United? Is he worth more than £14 million?