Leicester City are a step away from writing one of the most humbling stories in world sport when they take on Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday. Listed as 5,000-1 underdogs at the beginning of the season, Claudio Ranieri’s men stand on the cusp of true sporting glory.
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Until only a year ago, a stumbling Leicester City were hoping to stay in the Premier League by the skin of their teeth. Nigel Pearson, the manager who had guided this relegation-threatened team to safety, was sacked, and Claudio Ranieri, the 64-year-old manager who had never won any league titles in his life, was asked to oversee Leicester City’s second consecutive season in top flight.
Such was the dismay around the appointment of the Italian manager that Leicester City’s fans, and even pundits, had quickly denounced the board’s decision, saying that he was the worst appointment Leicester could have made.
Claudio Ranieri? Really?
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 13, 2015
Fast forward a year, and Leicester City are on the verge of winning the Premier League title for the first time in their history. It is even more ironic that a team which has never won anything previously is scripting one of the most enchanting tales of sport under a manager who has — until now — not won anything significant in his career.
But all that changes on Sunday when Ranieri’s men take on one of the giants of English football, Manchester United, at Old Trafford.
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While the fairy-tale for Leicester City can come to fruition at Old Trafford, aptly nicknamed the “Theater of Dreams,” Manchester United will be out to try and spoil the Foxes’ party. After all, they have their own top four aspirations, and with the teams above them struggling to cement their positions, the match against Leicester City provides a good opportunity for Louis van Gaal’s men to prove they are still one of the top teams in the Premier League.
Speaking at the pre-match conference, United’s manager stressed on the need for his team to collect the three points, according to Mirror.
“We have to beat [Leicester] because we’re still in the race for fourth spot. We can’t allow them to be champions this weekend at Old Trafford. I think they shall be champions a week later, so we won’t spoil the party, only postpone it a little bit.”
“I was the first who said they could be the champions, so for me it’s not a surprise. They had the circumstances to always play the same team and didn’t play as many matches as other Premier League teams. I think it’s good for the Premier League and for football that not always the same teams are champions.”
Manchester United do not have any fresh injuries to contend with, and only Luke Shaw and Bastian Schweinsteiger remain sidelined with injuries, reports Sky Sports.
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Meanwhile, Leicester City appear unfazed by the significance of the occasion facing them. In fact, that has been the story of Leicester’s season. Whenever anyone has raised questions on their mental ability to get past through the entire season, they have responded most strongly. So it would be interesting to see if Claudio Ranieri can inspire them to another efficient performance against Manchester United on Sunday.
The manager himself does not undermine the importance of the match, saying that he wants a happy ending for what has been a “Hollywood movie” of a season.
“It is important to finish the story like an American movie. Always in the final it is OK, a happy ending. It’s a good opportunity but for this reason we have to be focused. Let me be calm, wait, we have time.”
The Italian manager will be without talisman Jamie Vardy, who remains banned after he was handed an additional one-match ban by the FA for his reaction to the sending off against West Ham earlier this month. Midfielder Matt James also remains sidelined because of a knee injury, but other than that, Ranieri has a full squad at his disposal.
PFA Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez is expected to start the game against Manchester United.
So are you ready for one of the most historic games of the Premier League in recent times?
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