Brendan Rodgers has addressed the poor form of his Leicester City side following last night’s Europa League defeat.
Leicester’s 1-0 loss at Zorya Luhansk means they are on a winless run of four matches – losing three of those.
The negative result in Ukraine follows successive Premier League defeats to Liverpool and Fulham. They were beaten 3-0 at Anfield, before suffering a surprise 2-1 loss at home to the newly promoted Cottagers.
The Foxes also drew at Braga in the Europa League in between those league encounters. Even that was only after a 95th minute equaliser from Jamie Vardy.
Rodgers takes his side to Bramall Lane on Sunday, but says he isn’t worried about their recent run of results.
“We now arrive into a tough game at the weekend but that was what the season was going to be for us,” the 47-year-old told Leicestershire Live. “You think of the number of things we’ve had to contend with, what with injuries and whatnot, I think the players have been fantastic up to this point.
“Am I concerned? No, not really. We’re disappointed. But we’ve got such a long way to go in the season.
“It’s part of the season. Liverpool and Fulham, we didn’t play so well. The second half against Fuham was okay, but it wasn’t good enough to get a result.”
Good time to face Rodgers and Leicester?
The Blades will be hoping Leicester have another off day this weekend as they search for their first win of the season.
Not that they had much luck against Rodgers in 2019/20, losing both encounters against his team.
If the Northern Irishman fails to win in South Yorkshire it will equal his joint worst run since taking charge at the King Power Stadium in February 2019.
That came in January and February this year, when the Foxes weren’t victorious in five games.
As Rodgers says, like United they have had to contend with a fair amount of injuries this term.
However, they had been handed a triple boost ahead of the fixture. All three of Wilfred Ndidi, Ricardo Pereira and Caglar Soyuncu returned on Thursday against Zorya.
They have been huge absences for Leicester. Soyuncu was named in the PFA Team of the Year last season, while Pereira was one of the most impressive full-backs in the top flight.
Ndidi is also a defensive rock in midfield. Having them back will help a side who haven’t kept a clean sheet in four matches either.
However, while Ndidi and Pereira are likely to feature, Soyuncu is a doubt. That’s because the centre-back was forced off last night with a recurrence of the groin problem that had kept him out since early October.