Brendan Rodgers delivers stark Manchester United claim as Leicester boss ramps up mind games
The former Celtic boss promises his side will go out with all guns blazing ahead of the winner-takes-all clash that could seal Champions League football for the Foxes.
And the Irishman moved to heap the pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side who themselves will earn a top-four finish if they avoid defeat.
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He said: “We want to qualify for the Champions League, they need to.
“If you analyse budgets and everything else, we should actually be nowhere near the position of Manchester United, that’s the reality
"This game and how it’s set up shows you how well we’ve done to be competing at that level.
“The league is over 38 games and people were having us in the Champions League after 20 games.
"You have to go right the way to the end. There’ll be disappointment if we don’t make it but that would whet the appetite for next season.
"We were in a good position but you’ve got to sustain it. It shows the big improvement this team still has to make.(Image: Manchester United via Getty Imag)
"But we’re still in an incredible position to arrive where we want to be and let’s give everything to achieve that.”
Meanwhile, ex-Hoops boss Rodgers can’t believe his luck that he inherited a “world class” striker in Jamie Vardy when he walked into the club.
But The Foxes boss says people shouldn’t get too carried away with his talisman's devil-may-care image because there’s another side to his ace marksman.
He said: “He’s a very serious guy. People talk about the fun guy dressed in a Spiderman outfit but there’s a lot more to him than that.
“He comes in every day to work and he never misses a session. The only time he misses one is when I’ve told him to.
“But, of course, then behind it all you’ve got that wonderful person who is a really good guy. Very selfless.(Image: AFP/Getty Images)
“There’s always a smile with him – until he comes to the game. I love working with him.”
Rodgers reckons a massive game against United with so much at stake is the kind of occasion the former England striker thrives on.
He adds: “He’s a big-game player. This is a match that is right up his street. He has been on fire and I’m sure he would love to finish the season on a real high.
“These are the occasions when he really comes to the fore. The Golden Boot is an individual prize but he’s the guy who finishes off our great work for the team.
“We all want him to finish as the highest scorer, which would be a remarkable achievement
considering his age.
“For me, the age doesn’t really come into it. He’s absolutely fit as anything. He’s up there as one of the top strikers in the world. There’s different types of striker and at this present time you have to see Jamie Vardy as one of the leading strikers in world football.”