Mark Lawrenson predicts Leicester v Man United
Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Manchester United's trip to Leicester City on Saturday afternoon
Mark Lawrenson is tipping Manchester United to bounce back from their midweek disappointment by beating Leicester City 2-0 in the Premier League on Saturday night.
The Red Devils are coming to terms with having been dumped out of the League Cup at the hands of Bristol City at the semi-final stage on Wednesday night.
Manchester United are facing a seemingly uphill struggle in the Premier League, with Manchester City still flying 11 points clear at the top of the table.
However, former Liverpool FC star Lawrenson is backing them to at least get back to winning ways with a comfortable victory at the King Power Stadium this weekend.
Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho made lots of changes in his side’s Carabao Cup defeat by Bristol City, and paid the price.
“You cannot keep chopping and changing your team, because it makes it impossible to get any kind of rhythm.
“City were a fantastic example of the Championship, especially in their approach. Instead of just sitting there and trying to pick United off, I thought they went for it.
“Mourinho was mealy-mouthed afterwards, saying they had more luck than United. Whatever.
“That defeat means United cannot retain any of the silverware they won last season – the Community Shield, League Cup and Europa League.
“I don’t think they are going to win the Premier League or the Champions League this season. So now, if Mourinho wants to win a trophy, they have obviously got to win the FA Cup.
“So that definitely puts a little bit more pressure on them.
“Leicester also lost out in midweek, going down to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup. I think they will make life difficult for Mourinho’s side, but United will win.”
Manchester United finished sixth in the Premier League last season but managed to qualify for the Champions League thanks to their Europa League triumph under Jose Mourinho.
The Red Devils have not won the Premier League title since their final triumph under Sir Alex Ferguson in the 2012-13 season.
Mourinho’s men will take on Burnley, Southampton and Everton in the coming days as the Premier League’s hectic festive period gets into full swing.
MORE: Latest Manchester United news and views