Mark Lawrenson predicts Manchester United - Leicester City

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Former Premier League defender Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Manchester United’s home clash with Leicester City later today.

BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson believes Manchester United’s lack of goals is down to their slow approach play - but still backs them to beat Leicester City 3-0 in his weekly predictions blog for the BBC.

Manchester United have found the net 36 times in 22 matches this season, 15 less than current Premier League leaders Chelsea and just once more than West Ham United.

For a side containing such attacking riches, United's inability to find the net more regularly is no doubt a cause for concern and it could hinder their chances of finishing in the top four come the end of the season.

Many point the finger at the likes of Radamel Falcao and Robin Van Persie’s lack of form for Manchester United's goalscoring woes but BBC pundit Lawro believes United’s underlying problem is a lack of service to the front men.

“Unlike Liverpool, Manchester United have got plenty of goalscorers to choose from. United's problem is giving them the service,” he explained.

“I think United's build-up is so slow that the opposition are able to get back into position. They have to start moving the ball quicker - if they do that, I think they will create a lot more chances.”

On Saturday, Louis van Gaal’s men host basement side Leicester City, when they will seek revenge for their entertaining (not to United fans) 5-3 loss at the beginning of the campaign.

The Foxes have picked up slightly of late but their lack of goals are also a worry and Lawro is backing United to shut them out comfortably to record all three points.

“Leicester put five past Louis van Gaal’s side in September but it is hard to see them doing any sort of damage at Old Trafford," he said.

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