Monday 16 September 2019

Manchester United won't stop Vardy breaking scoring record, says Ranieri

Leicester's Jamie Vardy, front, celebrates his record-equalling goal at Newcastle last week
Leicester's Jamie Vardy, front, celebrates his record-equalling goal at Newcastle last week

Leicester chief Claudio Ranieri has warned Manchester United Jamie Vardy is ready to make history.

The Foxes forward will break Ruud van Nistelrooy's Barclays Premier League record against United if he scores in his 11th straight game on Saturday.

Van Nistelrooy set the 10-match record while at the Red Devils in 2003 and Vardy equalled it with the opener in last week's 3-0 win at Newcastle which sent Leicester top.

They lead United by a point and Ranieri reckons Vardy can beat the visitors' defence, which has conceded just nine times in the league this season.

He said: "He is ready to break it. If Jamie breaks the record he will break the record. It's not important how strong the defensive line is.

"Sometimes when you are in a hurry everything comes very easily. When you are on the right road everything comes to you."

England striker Vardy, 28, has been Leicester's star this season, along with winger Riyad Mahrez, with the Foxes gatecrashing the top four.

Despite Vardy's 13 goals, which see him lead the scoring charts, team-mate Christian Fuchs insisted they were not a one-man team.

"We have a good mix in the team. Every player is fighting for every player. There's a real team on the field, there's is not one outstanding star," he said.

"Obviously Jamie is doing really well and we're very happy to support him with his goal streak and he's helping us. The team is a big star in Leicester and that's the key to success.

"The same he is on the (training) field. He simply wants to score goals, he is hard to play for every defender. It's good to play with him instead of against him.

"He is our first defender and not easy to play against because he is running and running and not getting tired."

Vardy has been in Leicester's cryogenic chamber to treat a minor hip problem this week, but will be fit to face United.

Ranieri added: "Yes. I have also been there - but outside. It's cold!"

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