Preview: Manchester United v Leicester City

How can I follow the game? The match at Old Trafford kicks off at 12:30 BST on Saturday and will be broadcast live in the UK on Sky Sports. MUTV’s live matchday programme begins at 11:30 BST and subscribers can watch the game in full at 18:00 BST on Sunday. You can also keep up with all the action as it happens via ManUtd.com’s live match blog and by following our official Twitter account @ManUtd.

Set the scene for me… Having safely negotiated a potential pitfall against Northampton in the EFL Cup on Wednesday, the Reds ended a run of three straight defeats and earned a place in the fourth round, bringing with it the prospect of an additional Manchester derby this season. Now returning to Premier League action, United will look to take the positive momentum from the result against the Cobblers into Saturday’s meeting with the reigning Premier League champions, who themselves were on the wrong on end of a thrilling 4-2 cup result against Chelsea.

Haven’t we played Leicester already this season? Yes! United faced the Foxes at Wembley in August for the Community Shield, with Jose Mourinho’s side winning 2-1 in what was his first competitive match as United manager. When Leicester visited Old Trafford last season, nothing could split the two sides and the match ended in a 1-1 draw, which was also the same scoreline as last term’s fixture away at the King Power Stadium. Overall, the Reds have won 61 of the 122 meetings between the two sides, drawing 28 and losing 33.

How have they started the season? It’s been a mixed start to Leicester’s title defence as they adjust to life as being one of the teams to beat in the Premier League. Following an opening-day defeat away to Hull City, Claudio Ranieri’s men were then held to a goalless draw at home to Arsenal, before getting their first win of the season against Swansea City. But they then suffered a 4-1 drubbing at the hands of Liverpool, although that appeared as just a minor blip when they recorded two 3-0 wins in the space of a week, first against Club Brugge in the Champions League and then Burnley in the Premier League.

Who’ll play for United on Saturday? Mourinho continued the rotation of his squad in midweek as he handed first starts this season to a number of players and those involved will hope they did enough to make it the first of many. Anthony Martial and Phil Jones are the only players confirmed to miss Saturday’s game, the former with “a contusion in the calf and in the ankle area” and the latter as he continues to recover from a knee injury.

Who should I look out for in Leicester’s team? Making his Premier League debut last time out, Islam Slimani grabbed the headlines as he netted twice in Leicester’s 3-0 win at home to Burnley. The Algerian, who represented his country at the 2014 World Cup, linked up well with Jamie Vardy and fellow countryman Riyad Mahrez, further increasing the Foxes’ deadly attacking threat. Slimani, 28, arrived from Sporting CP in the summer, with his record of 48 goals in 82 league appearances with the Portuguese club having been enough to catch Ranieri’s eye.

What are the other fixtures this weekend? The rest of the Premier League programme reads:

Saturday 24 September (15:00 BST unless stated)
Bournemouth v Everton
Liverpool v Hull City
Middlesbrough v Tottenham Hotspur
Stoke City v West Bromwich Albion
Sunderland v Crystal Palace
Swansea City v Manchester City
Arsenal v Chelsea, 17:30 BST

Sunday 25 September
West Ham United v Southampton, 16:00 BST

Monday 26 September
Burnley v Watford, 20:00 BST

Source: Manchester United Official