Leicester City supporters have been pretty satisfied in recent times after seeing their side produce a fine display to earn a draw in the Premier League on Wednesday night.
Claude Puel’s men went into their encounter with league leaders Liverpool off the back of consecutive defeats at the hands of Southampton and Wolves, thus increasing the pressure on manager Puel ahead of their daunting visit to Anfield. Yet the Foxes deservedly made their way back to the King Power Stadium with a point after a 1-1 draw against Jurgen Klopp’s side, with Harry Maguire’s header cancelling out Sadio Mane’s opener to earn the Midlanders a share of the spoils.
As such, there have been many satisfied Leicester fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be eagerly anticipating their side’s clash with Manchester United in the Premier League this afternoon.
And with the Red Devils in fine recent form and Anthony Martial having recently penned a new deal with the division’s sixth place side, confidence is likely to be high among the United squad, not least France international Martial who has been reborn under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
And with the 23-year-old potentially set to start down the United left-hand-side at the King Power Stadium, it will demand Leicester right back Ricardo Pereira to produce his best form to not only thwart the Frenchman, but also seek to get forward and make a difference in the United final third as well.
Ultimately, Martial has been completely transformed following the arrival of Solskjaer as Jose Mourinho’s successor back in December, what with the 23-year-old since then having scored once and laid on one assist for the Red Devils in the Premier League, as well as netting in their 3-1 success at Arsenal in the FA Cup last month.
And with the France international now carrying the attacking threat that made him such a handful in his first season of English football, Leicester’s Pereira looks set for a difficult afternoon against Martial if he does indeed start down the United left.
Yet the Foxes defender has proven to be a mightily impressive addition by Puel back in the summer given he has comfortably become a mainstay in the Leicester team, as evidenced by the fact that he has started 21 of their 24 Premier League matches so far this term.
And while he has sometimes been guilty of some unconvincing moments defensively, the 25-year-old has also produced some big moments at the back for the Foxes this season – and he will probably need to do the same again this afternoon.
However, it’s not just in his own third in which Pereira will hold the key to Leicester’s chances, as the 25-year-old has proven to be equally as impressive going forward this season with two goals and four assists in the Premier League.
And against a United backline that haven’t exactly convinced so far this season, his delivery from out wide and desire to take defenders on could really cause the Red Devils problems at the back – there’s a reason he has sometimes played in a more advanced role.
Clearly then, it seems that Pereira will indeed play a big part in whether Leicester can indeed get the better of United later today – his possible battle with Martial is sure to be intriguing if the Frenchman does indeed return to the United side down the left, while Pereira’s attacking instincts, if they are on point, are likely to cause the Red Devils some issues.
As such, it looks as though the £18m-rated Portugul international (as per Transfermarkt) could hold the key to Leicester’s chances against Solskjaer’s team this afternoon.
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