Louis van Gaal: Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy is a ‘nasty’ player to face

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has labelled Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy a “nasty” player to face ahead of the clash between the two sides this weekend.

Vardy, making his first Premier League start, made four goals and scored another as Leicester beat Man United 5-3 last season.

The 28-year-old is now looking to break Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of scoring in the most consecutive league games against United on Saturday. Van Gaal insisted his side must be wary of the in-form Vardy.

“He was already a very nasty player for us last year,” van Gaal said.

“He scores, he provoked a penalty, now scoring 10 goals in a row, he is a great player. I only know Dennis Bergkamp as a player who did the same with Ajax. It’s not so easy to do that.”

It is not just Vardy that United will need to keep under wraps, with Foxes midfielder Riyad Mahrez also in sensational form.

Van Gaal will undoubtedly have plans for the pair as United look to overtake Leicester and reach top spot of the Premier League. Chris Smalling and David de Gea will be confident of keeping Vardy and his teammates under wraps, with United’s problems instead being at the other end of the pitch. A lack of cutting edge up top has been glaringly obvious this term, most recently in the dismal 0-0 draw against PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday night.

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