Manchester United will make plenty of changes against Leicester after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer labelled it ‘impossible’ to play his strongest side.
The visit of the Foxes comes two days after United’s 3-1 victory at Aston Villa and just 48 hours before they face arch-rivals Liverpool.
Fan protests caused the postponement of the original clash with the Reds nine days ago and left Premier League chiefs with little option other than to give Solskjaer a hectic fixture list to contend with.
Not that the Norwegian is impressed with the decision, knowing anything other than three points tonight will confirm Manchester City as champions.
Too much of a risk
Solskjaer, 48, said: “I wish I could have said ‘let’s go full out in all the games’ but it’s impossible.
“That’s the hard bit for me — knowing that if I do play the same XI again on Tuesday and Thursday it’s impossible.
“I run too much of a risk of injuring them, so talking about integrity in the league and stuff, don’t blame me when I have to make changes because I have to.
“It’s not safe for them to play all four, so I’ve got to prioritise.”
After a miserable 4-2 defeat at home to Newcastle last Friday, Brendan Rodgers knows Leicester have made life difficult for themselves as they look to secure a Champions League spot.
Should his side lose again this evening, Liverpool would sit six points behind them with two games in hand — and the Foxes finish their league campaign with tough clashes against Chelsea and Tottenham.
Speaking about the games ahead, Rodgers, 48, said: “They’re all big, they’re all exciting. They’re all great opportunities for us.
“All the teams we have to play over the course of this end part of the season we’ve beaten already, so we can take that confidence into those games.
“It doesn’t make them any easier but we know that we have the quality and ability to do that.
“It shows you how well they’ve done in a lot of the other games. It shows you how well these players have done to be up there competing and fighting.
“We are very close to achieving what we want but we know we have to fight — and we have made it difficult for ourselves, that’s the reality. In the last two games we haven’t got the results we wanted to.
“That means we have to really push and look to win these games, starting with the next game.”
Jonny Evans (ankle) may be fit for Leicester, while United will make late decisions on several of their starting XI.
Did you know?
United are unbeaten in their last 12 Premier League matches against Leicester (won eight and drawn four) since losing 5-3 in September 2014 under Louis van Gaal.
The Foxes have only won on one of their last 22 league trips to Old Trafford, grabbing a 1-0 victory in 1997-98 with a goal from Tony Cottee.
The Red Devils have won each of their last four Premier League home games — they have not won five in a row at Old Trafford since March 2018 under Jose Mourinho.