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What the experts are predicting for Manchester United v Leicester City at Old Trafford

Old Trafford has hardly been a happy hunting ground for Leicester City over the years.

In fact, games against Manchester United on any ground have rarely brought much joy for the Blue Army.

Since that 5-3 mauling of United at the King Power back in September 2014 – how long ago does that seem now? – City have picked up only two points from a possible 18 against the Red Devils.

It doesn’t make for good reading, but that doesn’t mean to say City will not travel to Manchester on Saturday hoping to buck that dismal trend.

Craig Shakespeare’s men have shown good form at the start of this season and, even if United do top the table having scored eight goals in two games, City will not go to the Theatre of Dreams expecting a nightmare.

However, that is not how the experts see tomorrow’s game unfolding.

According to pundits Mark Lawrenson, Paul Merson and Michael Owen, City are going to return to Leicester tomorrow with their tails between their legs – albeit having put up a decent fight.

Here are their predictions for Saturday’s big match.

Mark Lawrenson

Mark Lawrenson

I think the red half of Manchester have decided they have already won the league but all it is so far is a very good start. They do look major contenders though.

They have a big squad and have as many quality players as anybody, including Manchester City.

They have strength and pace and power in that team, which is a major thing with manager Jose Mourinho. They know they have a good side and that they will be close in all competitions.

United rolled over West Ham, who were really poor on the opening weekend. They had a few struggles against Swansea but stuck at it.

Romelu Lukaku has started well with a couple of goals but the signing of midfielder Nemanja Matic has just given Paul Pogba the freedom he needs.

Everybody knew he was a top player and that he just needed time. Well, I think the time is now.

Leicester should have taken a point from their opening game at Arsenal (which ended 3-2 to the Gunners) and they disposed of Brighton comfortably in their second game.

The worry for City is that people are still talking about midfielder Danny Drinkwater leaving and that teams are still in for striker Jamie Vardy. They may well end up the victims of their own success.

Harry Maguire is a good signing. He is not just a good defender, but a good footballer.

The Robert Huth and Wes Morgan partnership has been excellent but is surely coming to an end.

Lawro predicts: 3-1

Sky Sports' Paul Merson
Sky Sports’ Paul Merson

Paul Merson

I’m not on the Manchester United bandwagon at the moment.

They didn’t look like scoring against West Ham for 25 minutes, and they were far from convincing against Swansea until their late flurry of goals.

Leicester, meanwhile, have started the season well.

They will be dangerous against a United side that are obliged to attack at Old Trafford.

I see Leicester putting up a real fight, but United should overpower Leicester in the end.

Merse predicts: 2-1

Michael Owen
Michael Owen

Michael Owen

Leicester have scored in all but one of their 15 PL games under Craig Shakespeare and this represents the first real challenge for Jose Mourinho’s side in the league this term.

Romelu Lukaku has now scored 15 times in his last 11 home games in the PL after his brace against West Ham on the opening weekend, and United fans would have been delighted to see the Belgian back that up with the vital second goal at Swansea last Saturday.

United won the corresponding game 4-1 last season and I think there will be goals in what should be a terrific game at Old Trafford.

Owen predicts: United win

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