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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag wants his team to keep a "winning mentality" ahead of their trip to face Leicester City.

The Red Devils have bounced back from a poor start to the season to win their last two matches, first at home against rivals Liverpool before a 1-0 win away at Southampton.

And Ten Hag wants his players to maintain that positive state-of-mind as they travel to bottom-placed Leicester City, who he says will not be an easy task.

"We have to keep this winning mentality because you need it if you want to get a successful season, you need it in the squad," Ten Hag told reporters.

"We knew from last season how good they are, and I think you can also see that in the games they've played until now.

"They play really good football so we have to be really good to get a result there."

Leicester are yet to win a league game this season, and Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers knows the importance of getting more points on the board.

"This league is all about consistency. We should have more points than we have," Rodgers said.

"We have been in good positions in games. We haven't been able to turn that into points. We would hope to have a better start.

"What's important at this stage is that there is clarity for the players in terms of the plan. There's no magic formula. It's about hard work. Keeping things simple as possible. If you get that bit of luck as well."

Leicester City - Harvey Barnes

Barnes has been involved in eight goals in his last six Premier League starts for Leicester City (four goals, four assists). He is in red-hot form at the minute, and he would love to keep it up with another goal involvement against United.

Manchester United - Marcus Rashford

The 24-year-old has scored more Premier League goals against Leicester than he has any other opponent (six). Rashford has also scored in three of his last four appearances at the King Power Stadium against the Foxes. Will he bag again on one of his favourite hunting grounds?

- Leicester are unbeaten in their last four league games against United (W2 D2), last having a longer such run against them between 1972 and 1977 (9 games).

- United have scored in each of their last 26 Premier League games against Leicester - only against Fulham (27 between 1964 and 2009) and Arsenal (30 between 1953 and 1968) have the Red Devils had longer scoring streaks in their league history.

- The Red Devils have won 10 of their 17 Premier League games played on a Thursday (59 per cent), the best win rate of all teams to have played more than five games on that day.

- Leicester have gone ahead in each of their first two home Premier League games this season, but failed to win either game (drew with Brentford, lost to Southampton). The only team to go ahead but not win any of their first three home Premier League games in a season was Aston Villa in 1992-93.

- Following wins over Liverpool and Southampton, United are looking to record three consecutive Premier League wins for the first time since last December. The Red Devils have won three consecutive league games in every calendar year from 1987 onwards.

Updated August 31, 2022

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