Manchester United (16/1 to win Premier League) boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows points are more important than performances if his side want to be in the mix for the Premier League title come the business end of the campaign.
United will head into Saturday’s clash with Leicester at the King Power Stadium sitting fourth in the standings and just two points behind leaders Chelsea. However, they have dropped points in their previous two games against Aston Villa and Everton.
Solskjaer feels his side deserved more than what they got from both of those matches, but he knows winning is the most important thing, as the Red Devils prepare for a difficult run of fixtures, starting against the Foxes this weekend (Match Result – Leicester 5/2, Draw 13/5, United 23/20).
“You can’t keep on losing points and expect to be winning at the end, that’s the truth,” Solskjaer said at his pre-match press conference.
“Performances don’t always guarantee you trophies and titles, so we need to have points to be in and around [the top] in May, that’s what we’re aiming for.”
United will be boosted by the return of forward Marcus Rashford for Saturday’s match, with the England international yet to feature this season after undergoing shoulder surgery in August.
Captain Harry Maguire is also closing in on a return following a calf issue, but Solskjaer has indicated he may not risk his skipper against Leicester, despite fellow centre back Raphael Varane having been ruled out with a groin issue.
Leicester vs Manchester United is one of five Premier League matches kicking off at 15:00 on Saturday, with Manchester City’s home clash against Burnley also catching the eye (Match Result – City 1/8, Draw 9/1, Burnley 25/1).
City have won each of their last four home meetings with Burnley 5-0, but they will be without Ferran Torres for the fixture, as he has been ruled out for up to three months with a foot injury he picked up over the international break with Spain.
Brighton sit alongside City and United in the Premier League on 14 points and they will be hoping to continue their positive start when they visit bottom of the table Norwich (Match Result – Norwich 13/5, Draw 12/5, Brighton 6/5), while Southampton will be chasing their first league win of the season when Leeds visit St Mary’s Stadium (Match Result – Southampton 11/8, Draw 13/5, Leeds 21/10).
There will also be a West Midlands derby taking place between Aston Villa and an improving Wolves side that have won three of their last four top-flight games (Match Result – Aston Villa 11/8, Draw 23/10, Wolves 12/5).
The late match at 17:30 will also have a derby feel to it, as west London rivals Brentford and Chelsea will lock horns in the first league meeting between the two sides since 1947 (Match Result – Brentford 5/1, Draw 3/1, Chelsea 8/13).
Chelsea start the weekend top of the Premier League standings, but they could begin this match as low as fifth if results go against them earlier in the day.
This will certainly be a testing contest for Thomas Tuchel’s side against a Brentford team that have only lost once in seven matches since earning promotion.