Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, expects a battle at Leicester City.
United’s strength this season has been their away form, having won all six of their games Premier League games on the road, although they have needed to come from behind each time.
Their next trip is a tricky one as they face second-placed Leicester at the King Power Stadium on Boxing Day and Solskjaer recognises the importance of not conceding early.
He said: “It’s going to catch up with you if you are going to give teams a lead, and Leicester are one of those teams that you definitely don’t want to give a one or two-goal lead to because they have so many players on the transition that you can easily concede two or three or four, so we have to start as well as we did (on Wednesday).
“We started really well, and against Leeds, and of course the first goal in any game is a very important one.”
United won 2-0 at the King Power Stadium on the final of day last season in what was effectively a play-off for a Champions League place.
Solskjaer said: “We have had some very good games against Leicester, very tight games. They are a very good side with a very good coach and I have enjoyed watching them under Brendan (Rodgers).
“It was a big test for us to go to their stadium in the summer and we passed that one with flying colours.
“We played a controlled game but I know it will not be the same now because it’s a different time of the season and they have got some threats that you have to look for.”