Manchester United aim for hat-trick of wins to start season
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[August 24, 2017]
By Simon Evans
MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - Fresh
from consecutive 4-0 wins, Manchester United will be aiming for a
hat-trick of victories when they face 2015 champions Leicester City
at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Jose Mourinho's side have been the most impressive of any of the
title contenders in the Premier League so far with new signing
Romelu Lukaku claiming three goals from the opening two games.
Leicester, though, have also given their fans plenty of
encouragement with a confident 2-0 win over promoted Brighton
following on from their 4-3 defeat at Arsenal in the league's
If United needed any reminder of the threat that Craig Shakespeare's
team pose on the break, City led 3-1 at the Emirates before
Arsenal's late comeback.
Recent form in head-to-head games suggests United should have the
upper hand though -- they triumphed 4-1 in the corresponding fixture
last season and then enjoyed a 3-0 win at the King Power Stadium.
Chelsea bounced back from their opening-day shock home defeat to
Burnley with victory over London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley
last week but face another tough test against Everton on Sunday.
Ronald Koeman's Everton impressed in their 1-1 draw at Manchester
City on Monday with Wayne Rooney scoring his second goal in as many
Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas is available for selection after
completing his suspension but skipper Gary Cahill remains suspended
after his opening-day red card.
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Manchester United's Paul Pogba celebrates scoring their third goal
with Anthony Martial and team mates Action Images via Reuters/Andrew
Everton will be without French midfielder Morgan
Schneiderlin, who was sent off at the Etihad on Monday, and also
have to cope with a tight schedule that sees them travel to Croatia
on Thursday for a second-leg Europa League tie with Hajduk Split.
Liverpool, who qualified for the Champions League group stage on
Wednesday with a win over Hoffenheim, have their biggest test of the
Premier League season so far when they host Arsenal at Anfield.
Wembley Stadium will see a repeat of the 1962 FA Cup Final when
'home side' Spurs host Burnley looking to bounce back from their
loss to Chelsea last week.
Promoted Huddersfield Town look to extend their 100 percent record
when they host Southampton.
(Editing by Clare Fallon)
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