PL Preview: Man Utd vs. Leicester City

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  • United took four of six points last season
  • Man Utd leads all-time 64W-29D-33L
  • Foxes last won at Old Trafford in 1998

The Premier League season begins at Old Trafford, where Jose Mourinho’s unsettled Manchester United hosts Leicester City on Friday (Watch live at 3 p.m. on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

Mourinho did not get most of his desired transfer additions, adding Diogo Dalot and Fred, and has several World Cup stars who may not play, including Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, Jesse Lingard, Marouane Fellaini, and Ashley Young.

If they play, Mourinho isn’t expecting a ton. From ManUtd.com:

“If they play tomorrow, they play after four days, so that’s why I’m saying one thing is what you can expect from the players with a proper preseason and another thing is what you can expect from players with three or four days’ training.”

Foxes boss Claude Puel isn’t sure whether he’ll hand starts to stars Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire, who are still getting back to speed after post-World Cup vacations.

What they’re saying

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho on his title hopes“I know the words you want me to say. I think by the end of November, December you won’t need words, you will see by then which teams are candidates to win the Premier League.”

Leicester’s Jamie Vardy on signing a new deal“The journey that me, the team and the Club have been on in the past few years has been incredible. Going into the new season, it’s an exciting time for Leicester City and I’m delighted to be part of it.”

Prediction

United is going to be just fine, though things may be a little dicey against an industrious Wilfred Ndidi and Co. Ultimately, Alexis Sanchez is the difference as United runs out 2-0 winners.