Harry Maguire returns from injury as Manchester United take on his former club Leicester. The 28-year-old missed United’s last two matches and the international break with England due to a calf complaint. Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho also start as Marcus Rashford returns to the bench. Leicester centre-back Jonny Evans was fit to face his former club.
Off we go after both sets of players take the knee. No room for racism is the enduring message. Be interesting to see how Maguire – making a surprise return from injury – deals with Vardy this afternoon. Won’t want to get too tight, you’d think.
STAT ATTACK! Manchester United have the player with the most overall chances created (Bruno Fernandes, 23), the most chances created from set plays (Luke Shaw, 11) and the most assists (Paul Pogba, 7) in the Premier League so far this season.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s only previous appearance against Leicester in his career was in a 1-0 win for Man Utd at Old Trafford in April 2004 (Gary Neville scoring the winner). The Foxes would be the 120th different opponent Ronaldo has scored against in his club career if he finds the net here.
Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has scored in each of his last three Premier League appearances – the only player older than Vardy will be on the day of this game (34y 278d) in Premier League history to score in four consecutive appearances is Gary McAllister in May 2001 for Liverpool (36y 127d).
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