Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to name a strong side to take on Leicester.
As always there has been no room for extended Christmas celebrations for any of the Premier League sides, and it is United with the shortest break as they take on the Foxes at lunchtime on Boxing Day.
The Red Devils travel to Leicester having won 13 away fixtures in a row against their top-flight English rivals, the latest coming in their Carabao Cup triumph over Everton.
Solskjaer is set to name his strongest possible line-up to continue that record, with Daniel James keeping his place in attack alongside Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.
A midfield trio of Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba and Fred is set to line-up in front of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw – with David de Gea in goal.
Their Norwegian boss said before the game: “Well, it’s game by game, we have to think like that now.
“But Leicester… we’ve had some good games against Leicester, very tight games. They’re a very good side with a very good coach and I’ve enjoyed watching them under Brendan [Rodgers].
“It was a big test for us to go down there at their stadium for the last league game of last season in the summer. We passed that one with flying colours. I felt we really controlled the game.
“I know it’s not going to be the same now because it’s a different time of the season. They have some threats that you have to look for and we’ll just sit down and think about who’s fit and who’s not fit.”
Due to their positive league position there has been whispers of a title challenge at Old Trafford, but Solskjaer is keen on taking each fixture as it comes.
He added: “There is noise around Man United anyway.
“For us, it’s about improving as team, take it game by game – we have to. That’s the name of the game, that’s the only way you’re going to challenge for anything at the end of the season anyway.
“It’s not something we talk about. The only thing we talk about is improving day by day, learning how to deal with different situations and maybe now at the moment we’re getting praise.
“That’s another thing we need to learn how to deal with.”
Man Utd expected XI:
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, Pogba Fernandes; James, Rashford, Martial.
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