Leicester ace aims to hurt Man United again at happy hunting ground Old Trafford

Kelechi Iheanacho has warned Manchester United he has them in his sights again.

Leicester’s former Manchester City striker Iheanacho also reckons everyone at his old club will cheer him on in Friday night’s showpiece season opener at Old Trafford.

The Nigeria international scored the winner there in a 2-1 Manchester Derby triumph almost two years ago, and is determined to hit the back of the net at United’s home again after rediscovering his best form this pre-season.

Iheanacho said: “I think everyone is looking forward to that game. Coming from Man City to Leicester and playing against Man United I think the City fans are going to support us in that game.

“I scored against United in the derby so it was a good experience and I am looking forward to hopefully doing it again.”

The 21-year-old is in line to start against United ahead of England’s Jamie Vardy who is only just back from a post-World Cup holiday.

Iheanacho netted for a third successive pre-season game on Saturday, taking his tally to four goals this summer with a double in a 2-1 win away to French club Lille.

He is finally starting to show Leicester the form which prompted then-boss Craig Shakespeare to pay Man City £25million for his services last August.

It took Iheanacho until March, long after Shakespeare had been replaced by current manager Claude Puel, last term to score his first top-flight goal for the Foxes, and he managed just two more and hit only eight in total.

He barely resembled the player who averaged a goal every 106 minutes of Premier League action as an impact sub for Man City.

Now though, his injury worries are behind him and he has had a brilliant pre-season.

“If I am chosen for the game against United I have to keep my goal-scoring record and work hard for the team," said Iheanacho.

“I would like to be part of it and am looking forward to it. I think it is going to be a big season for the whole team and we are in good shape now.

“Last season it was difficult coming back from injury and trying to get the same fitness level. Sometimes things don’t go the way you want. But it is looking good this season.

“I am injury-free and will keep working hard and am looking forward to the games.

“The World Cup helped [He played in all three of Nigeria’s games in Russia, starting twice] — we didn’t get to go through but it was a good experience and good fitness.”

What’s your prediction for this one?


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