Leicester aims to secure league title

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri wants a ‘movie-style’ ending to the season as the Foxes look to secure the Premier League title at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Victory away to Manchester United would see Leicester, who lead second-placed Tottenham by seven points, crowned champions with two games still to play.

Even if they fail to beat United, the Foxes only need three points from three games to be certain of finishing top.

“It’s unbelievable, it’s history and we know this,” Italian Ranieri said.

“It is important to finish the story like an American movie. Always in the final it is OK, a happy ending.”

Having narrowly escaped relegation last season, Leicester are on the verge of one of the most remarkable and unlikely successes in sporting history.

A team that cost less than £30m to assemble and had odds of 5,000-1 to win the league last August requires just three more points to topple the Premier League’s elite.

“It’s a good opportunity but for this reason we have to be focused. Let me be calm, wait, we have time,” Ranieri added.

“I told them: ‘Everything is in our hands and we must continue.’ Other people can enjoy it but I am very concentrated.”

Meanwhile, United manager Louis van Gaal says his side are planning on “postponing” rather than “spoiling” Leicester’s title celebrations.

“I think we have to beat them because we are still in the race for fourth position,” the Dutchman said.

“We cannot allow that they are the champions this weekend at Old Trafford. I think they shall be the champions a week later. We don’t spoil the party, only postpone it a little bit.”

United could be unchanged from their FA Cup semi-final win for the visit of the Foxes.

Luke Shaw, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Will Keane remain sidelined.

Leicester will be without striker Jamie Vardy, who serves an additional one-match ban for his angry reaction to being sent off against West Ham.

His replacement against Swansea last week, Leonardo Ulloa, will start after overcoming a slight back problem.

Source: BBC