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Your quickfire guide to United v Leicester

The clock is ticking down to start of the 2018/19 Premier League season and Manchester United's anticipated opening match against Leicester City at Old Trafford on Friday evening.

Jose Mourinho's Reds have been working towards this fixture all summer by taking part in six friendlies, against Club America, San Jose Earthquakes, AC Milan, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. 

Our match preview is here to get you up to speed before the return to the Theatre of Dreams. Let's start with the basics...

United v Leicester City
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Friday 10 August | Premier League | Old Trafford | 20:00 BST kick-off | Referee: Andre Marriner | MUTV are live from 18:00 BST

Our record against the Foxes
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United have won 64 of 126 competitive matches against Leicester City, also drawing 29 and losing 33, which equates to a 51 per cent win ratio.

Any early team news?
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Sergio Romero, Antonio Valencia, Diogo Dalot, Marcos Rojo and Nemanja Matic all missed our last match at Bayern Munich through injury. Eric Bailly and Ander Herrera exited that game with suspected knocks.

WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT LEICESTER?

The Foxes registered a series of mixed results over the summer, but notably won at the weekend and they now plan to start at Old Trafford on a positive note.

Claude Puel's team finished ninth last season and replicating the form that underpinned their 2015/16 title success is surely the ambition.

How was their summer?
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Leicester played five pre-season friendly matches: winning at Notts County, drawing with Akhisarspor, losing to Udinese, drawing against Valencia and then defeating Lille.

Leicester's summer transfers
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Claude Puel has signed Danny Ward, Ricardo Pereira, Filip Benkovic, Caglar Soyuncu, James Maddison and ex-Red Jonny Evans. Riyad Mahrez, Robert Huth and Ben Hamer have left the club.

Confirmed Leicester team news
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Claude Puel says James Maddison is fit to make his debut, but Papy Mendy isn’t available and former United man Jonny Evans's fitness will be assessed.

A COUPLE OF LIONS HAVE RETURNED

Leicester received a boost during the week when their England internationals Harry Maguire and Jamie Vardy returned to training. It remains to be seen if they will feature against United. 

WHAT HAPPENED LAST SEASON?

The Reds secured a comfortable 2-0 win over the Foxes at Old Trafford on 26 August 2017, thanks to goals from Marouane Fellaini and Marcus Rashford. Check out the latter's below...

All The Angles: Rashford v LeicesterVideo

WHAT'S THE LATEST FROM JOSE?

The boss will hold his pre-match press conference at the Aon Training Complex on Thursday, offering his thoughts on the big game against Leicester and all things United. The exact time of that media briefing is still to be confirmed.