The pressure is already mounting on Jose Mourinho after suffering two successive Premier League defeats, both as embarrassing and dismal as the other.
United now look to resuscitate some life back into their struggling campaign and make up some ground on their local rivals, who are storming ahead at the top of the table.
They play host to Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester City this Saturday, in a mixture of Vimto, Blue WKD, Pizza and the Special One.
These two sides met briefly back in August as United lifted the Community Shield, Zlatan Ibrahimovic making his entrance in the loudest and proudest way possible – scoring the winner in the 2-1 result.
Back then, United fans were full of optimism. Eating plenty of Nandos to celebrate their Portugese manager’s arrival, painting the city Red, taunting their blue neighbours and naming their babies Jose and Ibra.
With a few poor results under their belts – and even poorer performances – the media and fan outcry has begun, and much of that optimism has fallen away to harsh realism. Wayne Rooney is about as quick as my 82-year-old Nan, Paul Pogba’s current best asset is his barber and Louis van Gaal has cast a large, dark shadow on the team.
However, where history is concerned, United fans have good reason to have faith ahead of the weekend.
The Reds are unbeaten in seven home Premier League games against The Foxes. In this time, they have won five, drawn two and conceded only four goals.
In almost the total opposite pattern to United, Leicester started the season slowly, with their performances and results improving as the weeks have gone on, including an impressive Champions League win.
Last season, the sides drew 1-1 in both meetings. In fact, back in May, The Foxes had the opportunity to secure the league on their last visit to Old Trafford.
Both sides have been scoring and conceding goals for fun, with neither looking entirely settled. It looks unlikely that this fixture will provide a goalless draw, either. Manchester United have found the net in each of their last 14 league games against The Foxes. Both teams to score looks a banker in this fixture.
Off recent form, a draw could be a decent bet here. The fans will be demanding goals, with Leicester’s counter-attack proving deadly and United’s array of forward options. With both teams on the offensive and pressure mounting, a 2-2 draw could be a worthwhile shout at very attractive odds of
If you fancy both Jose’s misery and Islam Slimani’s scorching form to resume, it’s for him to bag anytime and The Foxes to win their visit to Old Trafford.
For the home side, Marcus Rashford is once again looking lethal, scoring midweek after being brought on. Get for him to score and United to get back on track by securing the three points.