Leicester 'aspired' to play against Manchester United - Foxes manager

Nigel Pearson has claimed that Leicester gained promotion to play against the likes of Saturday’s opponents, Manchester United.

The Foxes stormed the Championship last season, topping the table at the close of the season.

Before the current Premier League season started, many were suggesting that fighting off relegation would be easy, and the Foxes have started the season living up to their promise - claiming five points from four games, and gaining draws from both Everton and Arsenal.

Manchester United are up next this weekend, with the Red Devils set to display their incredible attacking talent at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.

Having been satisfied with their string of results, with just one game lost so far - a 2-0 defeat at the hands of free-scoring Chelsea - Pearson is adamant that preparations for the visit of United are the same as every other game - despite the excitement that comes with playing the Premier League giants.

Speaking to the official Foxes website, Pearson said: “When you play sides like Manchester United, there’s going to be huge expectation and I think it’s great that the players look forward to games like this, but in terms of how we prepare for it then we’ll do it as we do every game.

“That is to have a look at strengths and weaknesses and trying to get the best way of playing to give ourselves the best chance of winning the game.

“Certainly these are the games that we’ve aspired to play in so I don’t see any reason to be anything other than positive.”

Argentine striker Leonardo Ulloa has undoubtedly been the standout performer this season, but Pearson insisted that the club have put in better performances than the one required to claim their first win of the season - a 1-0 victory over Stoke - and the coach wants to see them reach that level.

He added: “After the first four games the players’ performances have indicated for the most part that we have the ability to improve and do okay, and Saturday’s game gave us a first win, but we had to show different qualities.

“We’ve played better than that before, but we still showed some qualities that you will need in any game to get over the line, especially away from home.

“There are lots of positives to focus on and we look forward to the game on Sunday.”

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