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MANCHESTER UNITED v LEICESTER: Jamie Vardy enjoyed nothing more than making fun of Harry Maguire when they were team-mates... will the joke be on 'Slabhead' again when they meet in the Premier League?Leicester visit Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon Jamie Vardy gave Harry Maguire the 'Slabhead' nickname and they were close He will be hoping to have the last laugh again when they face off this weekendManchester United take on Leicester City at Old Trafford on Saturday at 3pm 

There is probably no person on the planet that Jamie Vardy enjoys making fun of more than Harry Maguire.

During the World Cup, Maguire became the butt of Vardy's jokes. During a round-table interview at the England training camp, the Leicester striker hovered around the edges before interjecting.

'Jamie Vardy from the Vardy News,' he began, holding his fist up in Maguire's face like a pretend microphone. 'Just how big is the diameter of your head?'

Jamie Vardy (right) has always enjoyed making fun of ex-Leicester team-mate Harry Maguire

It has been a tough few weeks for the defender and Manchester United with some poor form

Vardy gave the now-Manchester United defender the nickname 'Slabhead' while they were both at Leicester. It has transcended the dressing room and can now be seen on the back of shirts of some slightly strange fans.

So it's fair to say that while Maguire is a really respected defender, Vardy has done more than anyone to give the 6ft 4in brute from Sheffield a comedic edge in the eyes of some.

The 32-year-old Vardy, who will almost certainly line up against United this weekend, has also got a great record against the 'big six'. His 34 strikes against them puts him ahead of anyone else in the time he's played in the Premier League.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has seen his side fail to win since the opening day of the season

And Maguire, who will be tasked with defending against him, has been in for some criticism this international break. 

Roy Keane said: 'We were talking about how good he is on the ball, but defensively I still think he's… I still have one or two question marks over him. I always worry about his pace on the turn.'

Vardy has the pace to exploit that. He might be friends with Maguire, but it could be up to Vardy to turn him into a laughing stock again on Saturday.

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: 'The treatment room has been busy and still is so we don't really know who's going to be available. There's maybe Aaron (Wan-Bissaka), maybe Jesse (Lingard) and I think maybe that's it from the ones that pulled out, but I can't promise those two will be available either.

'(Paul) Pogba won't be fit, no, unless he's had a miraculous recovery overnight from yesterday to today or tonight to tomorrow, he's not been ready to do 100 per cent training, no.

'We hope more can be ready for West Ham next week and Paul and Anthony (Martial) are in that category. I think they'll be ready for then and can't say more than that really.'

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers said: 'Our ambition is there.

'It's a long season. I think we are really looking forward to a game against a top class team of a very high standard players at a great arena.

'We're very keen to go there and put on a good performance that can get us a good result, so the players are looking forward to a very good game.'

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to see his side continue their form at Old Trafford

Despite their tough start to the season, Manchester United are still the favourites with most bookies at odds of 5/6, while Leicester are priced up at 18/5 with some to get the away win. 

Given Leicester have not lost all season and United have struggled at home, those odds of 18/5 on an away win (Paddy Power) look tasty. Vardy to score anytime at 9/5 also seems like quite a reasonable punt ahead of the match. Given their difficulties in holding onto a lead at Old Trafford, our LONG SHOT of 12/1 for Man United/draw half-time/full-time seems a good price.

KEY MATCH FACTS  After winning just one of their first four home Premier League games against Leicester (D2 L1), Man Utd have won eight of their last nine against the Foxes at Old Trafford (D1).Leicester have won just one of their last 20 league games against Man Utd (D4 L15), coming from behind to win 5-3 at home in September 2014.Manchester United have lost three of their last five Premier League games at Old Trafford (W1 D1), as many as they had lost in their previous 52 at Old Trafford (W32 D17 L3).Should Leicester avoid defeat at Man Utd, it would be only the second time in the last 19 seasons the Foxes have gone unbeaten in their first five league games of a season – they went on to win the Premier League title in the other (2015-16 – W3 D2 L0). Man Utd winger Daniel James could become only the second Red Devils player to score in his first three Premier League appearances at Old Trafford – the other was his current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær in September 1996.Since Brendan Rodgers' first Premier League game in charge on March 3rd, only Liverpool (40) and Man City (37) have won more points than Leicester City (25).Man Utd's Marcus Rashford has scored three Premier League goals against Leicester – against no side does he have more in the competition.Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers' only previous Premier League victory at Old Trafford was with Liverpool in March 2014 (3-0). He could become just the third manager to win away at Man Utd in the competition with two different clubs, after Martin O'Neill (Leicester and Aston Villa) and Rafael Benitez (Liverpool and Chelsea).Only Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne (13) has created more chances in open-play than Manchester United's Paul Pogba (11) this season, with the Frenchman top of this category since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first game in charge in December 2018 (48).Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has scored more Premier League goals than any other player since Brendan Rodgers' first game in charge on March 3rd (12 goals).Among players to play at least 1000 minutes under a manager in the Premier League, only Sergio Aguero under Manuel Pellegrini (one goal every 96 minutes) and Alan Shearer under Ray Harford (one goal every 102 minutes) have a better mins/goal ratio than Jamie Vardy under Brendan Rodgers (one goal every 104 minutes). Advertisement


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