Manchester United will travel to King Power Stadium on Saturday to face a Leicester City side without Wilfred Ndidi who are struggling defensively.
Brendan Rodgers’ side will be without their midfield skirt after sustaining a hamstring injury in the Foxes 2-2 draw with Burnley last month.
But it has been the absence of former Manchester United defender Jonny Evans that has really hampered Rodgers’ team so far this season.
The 33-year-old has struggled with plantar fasciitis, a problem in his foot, since limping in the FA Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley in May.
United needs to take advantage
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Leicester runners-up did not travel with the Northern Irish squad to play against Switzerland and it is unlikely that he will play a role against Bulgaria tomorrow as well.
Evans has only managed 29 minutes in the Premier League this season and that was a substitute against Manchester City.
He started his first game since the FA Cup final in the 2-2 Europa League draw against Napoli last month, but was substituted off at halftime.
The Northern Ireland international made it through the 90 minutes unscathed in the Carabao Cup against Millwall in September, but has not played since then.
Leicester won that game 2-0 and that was only their second goal of the season. Their first came in the Premier League opener against Wolves, where they won 1-0.
Everything from attack
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But Leicester doubled the number of goals conceded by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side this season.
And with injury concerns for Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane, attack could be the best defense against Leicester.
Summer newcomers Jannik Vestergaard and Caglar Soyuncu looked shaky this season and if they don’t have Ndidi’s protective shield in front of them, they could be even more exposed on Saturday.
Timothy Castagne and Ryan Bertrand will likely be the full-backs unless Rodgers puts Daniel Amartey in the back three.
But Solskjaer has to use United offensively from the first whistle.
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That could mean that Paul Pogba is playing centrally alongside Scott McTominay, without Fred, with Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood, Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo at the helm.
We would also have Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial, and returning Marcus Rashford from the bank to help make a difference.
Winning at Leicester to start a difficult streak of games is critical to rebuilding confidence and starting the season after a stop.
Leicester have not won in the league in their last four games since beating Norwich and United must use their soft center.
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