Lindelof-Bailly reunion

Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly started together just five times last season and two of those games were during Harry Maguire's end-of-season lay-off.

Bailly was this year's incongruous recipient of a United player's contract and he has not had a kick this season outside of the League Cup defeat to West Ham. The 27-year-old is the fourth-choice centre-back and he is fortunate to have that status - and have lasted this long at United.

Both Bailly and Lindelof have excelled against Jamie Vardy before and must hope to do so again today.

Midfield selection

Nemanja Matic has retired from international duty and international fortnights for Donny van de Beek are currently spent at Carrington. Paul Pogba has had the benefit of a six-day breather following France's Nations League final victory over Spain, Scott McTominay is back at United after two wins in two with Scotland, while Fred started in Brazil's 4-1 thrashing of Uruguay on Thursday night.

It is high-time Ole Gunnar Solskjaer trialled possible solutions for United's midfield and an out-of-form Leicester minus Wilfred Ndidi offers an opportunity to do so.

United were given the runaround by Ndidi and Youri Tielemans in their FA Cup quarter-final at Leicester in March but Ndidi is sidelined with a hamstring injury and Hamza Choudhury would be a downgrade.

Lingard to start?

It has been 654 days since Jesse Lingard last started for United in the Premier League and the wait should have already ended this season. Inexplicably, Lingard has been overlooked for meaningful starts despite his impacts off the bench in domestic and European games.

Even with a near fully-fit attack again, Lingard would be the most deserving starter on the left flank.


United have won two of their last six, exited a competition and dropped five points in their last two home league games. Whenever they have been under the cosh before with Solskjaer they have rallied, usually against in big games.

Leicester is not on the level of Liverpool or Manchester City and never will be but it is the start of a testing run, with Liverpool and City due at Old Trafford within the next month.

Rashford's return

Marcus Rashford will almost certainly not start but he would be a handy option off the bench. A cameo is an inaccurate gauge of any player returning from injury and the ideal scenario would be for Rashford to emerge with the game boxed off. United have not had that luxury often this season, though.