Leicester City will welcome Manchester United to the King Power Stadium on Sunday afternoon with both sides in rather contrasting form.
Despite having beaten the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton over the festive period, Claude Puel has seen his side go winless in their last four matches – including a shock FA Cup exit to Newport County.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over the reins at Old Trafford following Jose Mourinho’s dismissal and has turned things right around as he manages to get the best out of some of his star players as they climb the Premier League ladder.
Jamie Vardy is Puel’s main man whilst Marcus Rashford is one that has clearly benefitted from the arrival of the Manchester United legend and will look to play a key role when the two teams meet – but who is better?
Having joined Leicester after playing non-league football, Vardy has been making waves in the professional game and has clearly turned heads over the last few seasons.
Not many would have gone on to imagine the 32-year-old striker would help the club lift an infamous Premier League title whilst also going on to represent England at the World Cup in the summer of 2018 before announcing his decision to ‘step aside’ from international duty.
As prolific as he has been, he has been somewhat a shadow of himself this season for Puel’s men, despite having hit 7 goals in his 19 appearances so far, including the winners against Chelsea and Everton.
If Leicester are to cause another surprise result on Sunday, Vardy will need to be at his very best to help the club take another three points.
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Still only 21-years-old, it feels as though Rashford has been around a lot longer than his age suggests.
Having broken into the first-team as an 18-year-old under Louis van Gaal, he has made a name for himself that has seen him become a regular for club and country.
The striker has established himself as one of the hottest players in the Premier League with his performances and has been crucial to the revival plans under Solskjaer this season, having hit eight goals in his 21 matches, with a further six assists.
That feat should also be considered a little surprising considering that he had come in for criticism in the past for his lack of contribution to the side in games, whilst he certainly looks to have matured to another level.
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There is no doubt that both men are vitally important to their clubs and are key figures within their manager’s plans.
Vardy’s rise through the non-league ranks to be a Premier League champion is nothing short of a fairytale, although Rashford certainly has the potential to achieve those aims in the future if he continues to develop as he currently is.
For that reason, Rashford comes out on top of this battle of the two English forwards.
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