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Thu Sep 29 03:39:26 SAST 2016

Danny puts loyalty aside

Reuters | 23 September, 2016 08:32
BIG GAME: Danny Simpson during a Leicester City training session.

Lifelong Manchester United fan Danny Simpson says champions Leicester City will go for broke at Old Trafford on Saturday, underlining coach Claudio Ranieri's philosophy.

The Italian has instructed Leicester to chase victory in every match, said Simpson.

"I am sure he will give us the right game plan to try and do that," the right back said.

Simpson believes much will depend on the opening exchanges in their Premier League tussle at the weekend.

"They won't want to lose again so they may be more hungry and more determined, especially with them being at home," the defender said.

"If we start well they might feel the pressure from their fans or the players might not have as much confidence."

United were beaten 3-1 at Watford last week, having lost 2-1 in the Premier League to neighbours Manchester City the week before and going down 1-0 at Feyenoord in the Europa League.

The 29-year-old Simpson, who committed his future to Leicester by signing a new three-year deal this month, is a product of United's Academy.

"I've supported United for as long as I can remember," he said. "My uncle and my friends were Reds and I followed them.

"I was picked up by United's youth scouts who had seen me playing locally on Saturdays and Sundays at Deans FC, the same club where Ryan Giggs was."

Simpson went on to spend four years as a professional at Old Trafford before being sold to Newcastle United in 2010 after a series of loan moves.

"I was fortunate enough to be playing for United as a kid and eventually got my first full professional contract and went on to make it into the first team," he added.

"I was lucky enough to play with some of my heroes. I'll always be a Red deep down." United are seventh in the table with nine points from five games, four places above Leicester.

Simpson knows he and his defensive partners will need to keep a constant eye on United new boy Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

"That's why I've got big Wes [Morgan] and Robert Huth next to me. I'll just look at them and let them deal with him," he joked.

"No, he [Ibrahimovic] is a quality player and he's scored goals everywhere he has been. It's not just his football, it's the aura and everything that comes with him.

"United have got a load of top players and we need to defend as we know we can defend." Leicester have a new signing of their own and Simpson said he had been impressed by record £30-million buy Islam Slimani after he twice found the net against Burnley last weekend.

"He has taken it all in his stride," said Simpson. "He's come in with a big price tag but I don't think he's thinking about it. He knows Riyad (Mahrez) and that's helped him a lot," he added of Leicester's playmaker.

"To play at the King Power and score a couple of goals on your home debut, there's no better way to start."


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