Manchester United and Leicester Lock Horns for the Community ShieldPublished August 7, 2016 by Florin P
Mourinho tests his squad in a high profile match against Leicester (4:00 p.m UK Time).
Manchester United has invested more money than any other English club during the season break. The Red Devils are highly motivated to win a trophy this season after flying below the radar for several years. Mourinho has joined the club and he brought with him some of the best players in Europe. He is highly motivated to win the Premier League and defeating the reigning champions is an important stepping stone
Everything on the Line at Wembley Stadium
Under normal circumstances, the stakes are not as high in the Community Shield matches. This time, Manchester United will be throwing everything its got at Leicester, hoping to win the match by a landslide. Before Mourinho arrived, the Red Devils have won the FA Cup but they performed well below expectations in the domestic championship.
The matches played in Asia presented the new manager with a chance to test his players. However, the outcome of an official match is far more relevant, especially when Manchester United plays against the Premier League winners. The starting formation reflects the motivation of Mourinho to win, as he will use three strikers instead of the 4-4-2 squad.
Tremendous Pressure on Leicester
Leicester won the trophy in what went down in history as the biggest surprise average in the Premier League. The club managed to keep most of its players including the two strikers Vardy and Mahrez. They will be the main threat for Manchester United, but overall Leicester is fading and will have a hard time.
Ranieri is a pragmatic manager and this is the reason for why Leicester managed to win the trophy in the first place. He will apply the same principles against Manchester United and try to score on the counterattack. Mourinho however is no fool and shouldn’t have any problems in countering this strategy. For these reasons and many more, punters should choose experience over form and bet on Manchester United to win at odds of 9/10 at bet365 Sports.