Michael Carrick‘s faultless performance versus Northampton Town in the EFL Cup might have been against League One opposition but he showed exactly what we’ve been missing in midfield.
His ball retention, economy and circulation were flawless and played a crucial role in us having a strangle-hold in the game which we never let go of. Up against Leicester City, we need that and one player especially does – Paul Pogba. With Carrick alongside him, he’d have the creative freedom he’s been desperate to have.
As well as that, Marcus Rashford starting on the opposite wing to Anthony Martial (if he’s fit) with Zlatan Ibrahimovic up front gives United great, fluid attacking options without the static Wayne Rooney.
This is a cracking line-up and not too far off what my predicted XI would be for the game but whatever the team there is going to be a universal consensus – Rooney shouldn’t start against Leicester. That much is simple.
As for the rest of the team, that is up for debate but if United want to beat the defending Premier League champions we’ve certainly got to play with more energy and intensity than we have in the last few games.