Hosting the Galacticos of Manchester would be a daunting task for any team, but, having already claimed results off of Everton and Arsenal - both who finished above United last season - Foxes boss Nigel Pearson has admitted that he is planning to approach the game at the King Power Stadium as if it were any other.
Much of Leicester’s early season form has been thanks to Argentine forward Leonardo Ulloa, whose three-goal haul - second in the Premier League to only Diego Costa - makes him the current Foxes top scorer - with Chris Wood the only other player to score so far this season.
Pearson will be resting many hopes on Ulloa this weekend, and, considering the hulking forward’s style of play, there is a good chance that the 28-year old will come away from this weekend having increased his seasonal goalscoring tally.
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Ulloa has netted three times this season, with all three goals coming from inside the box. His ability to finish chances off is highly effective, having missed just one of his four shots taken from inside the penalty area.
Despite being heavily praised for his link-up play, it is still the striker’s finishing that receives all the praise, with his 75% conversion rate from inside box just below Diego Costa’s - who has a rate of 77%, with seven goals from nine attempts.
While many teams would focus their defensive training on closing down the space inside the box for Ulloa to receive the ball, in-area defending has been a major problem for the Red Devils this season
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Despite having conceded just three goals in the Premier League this season, two of those have been inside the box; all four goals conceded to MK Dons in the League Cup defeat came from inside the area as well.
United have conceded 13 attempts from inside the box - averaging at just over three per game - and with such a potent finisher as Ulloa on the opposition this weekend, who finishes 75% of his chances, Louis van Gaal would be wise to prevent as many in-box attempts as possible.
While it is impossible to write United off, with their attacking line one of the best in the world, with their current defensive problems, Leicester will know that taking points off the Red Devils will come at no easier moment in time.