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Can Leicester Win EPL At Old Trafford?

Posted: Apr 30, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)


Leicester City could celebrate the greatest day in the club’s history this weekend when the team travels to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United.

The Foxes go into Sunday’s match knowing that victory would clinch its first ever top-flight title following arguably the most remarkable season that English football has ever seen.

For Manchester United, there will be no shortage of envious glances from the Old Trafford faithful when Leicester rolls into town on Sunday afternoon.

Manchester United has been here and done it all before, but it has been forced to watch on from afar this season after it became evident early on that it wouldn’t to keep pace with the flying Foxes.

In fairness, not many teams have, but the contrast between United and Leicester is greater than most considering the Red Devils’ past Premier League dominance and where it finds itself now.

While Leicester has delighted fans with free-flowing, high-scoring football at times, and gritty 1-0 wins at others – both formerly hallmarks of Sir Alex Ferguson’s all-conquering sides – United’s supporters have found themselves continually bemoaning Louis van Gaal’s slow and stodgy style.

It is hard to blame them for their frustrations either. United is the lowest scorer in the top nine of the table, and while its defensive record has been impressive – particularly at home where it has conceded just seven goals – the fact that no ground has seen fewer goals than Old Trafford this season is a tough one for the fans to digest.

The results themselves have not been too bad at home, and United actually boasts the best points-per-game ratio in the league in front of own fans, but it’s away form has been a let them down and left the club playing catch-up for a top-four spot.

Five points is the gap to Manchester City and Arsenal, and while United does have a game in hand over the pair just above it in the table, that comes away to fellow European challengers West Ham United in what will be the last ever match at the Boleyn Ground.

Games against Norwich City and Bournemouth either side of that look easier on paper, but two wins from its final four games is unlikely to be good enough, so it could find itself needing to spoil the party this weekend.

Recent signs have been better for the club, which is currently on a four-match winning streak and looking for five on the bounce for the first time since 2014. Six of its last seven games have ended as victories too, while it has only been beaten once in the last nine.

United also has an FA Cup final to look forward to following last weekend’s dramatic Wembley win over Everton, putting the club within 90 minutes of its first trophy in the post-Ferguson era.