LEEDS welcome Manchester United to Elland Road today for a crunch Premier League clash.
The sides played out a 6-2 thriller last time they met and Marcelo Bielsa's men will look to build on a battling draw against Liverpool on Monday.
- Kick-off time: 2pm BST
- TV channel: Sky Sports Main Event
- Live stream: Sky Go/NOW TV
- Leeds XI: To follow
- Man Utd XI: To follow
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What is the team news?
Manchester United are still without Anthony Martial, who looks likely to miss the remainder of the campaign with a knee problem.
Phil Jones is also out, while Eric Bailly could be in contention for a return after his spell on the sidelines due to Covid-19.
Leeds will again be without Liam Cooper and Rodrigo misses the game through injury.
Raphinha could return to the side but Marcelo Bielsa may decide to name a side near identical to the one which drew with Liverpool in midweek.
Marcus Rashford hasn't trained all week because of a foot injury but could still start from the bench.
- Nyle Smith
After going through a ten year absence in the Premier League, Leeds have certainly enjoyed their return back to the top-flight and their mid-table league positioning shows it.
But this hasn’t been done by luck because the Whites have picked up some credible results along the way especially in their last five fixtures.
They held both Chelsea and Liverpool to a draw, and Bielsa’s men dispatched of Manchester City with a man down for over 45 minutes of playing time.
However, Manchester United are currently the Premier League’s most in-form team having won their last five games on the spin which also includes a victory over Pep Guardiola’s men.
Should the Red Devils put Leeds to the sword this afternoon, they’ll be only three games away from equaling Arsenal’s all-time record of unbeaten away matches (27), a record set between 2003 and 2004.
- Nyle Smith
LAST TIME OUT
The Whites travelled to Old Trafford in the month of December last time these clubs met, and the weather wasn’t the only thing that left Leeds fans with the chills.
Manchester United hit Bielsa’s men for six but that doesn’t tell the whole story in truth.
Leading up to the match, the Red Devil’s had managed just three league goals at home all season.
However, Scott McTominay got Man United off to the perfect start when the midfielder bagged a brace in only the second and third minute of the game.
His first was a powerful strike into the bottom corner which was put on a plate for him by talisman, Bruno Fernandes.
And the Scotland international followed that up by slotting the ball past Illan Meslier in a one-on-one situation after timing his run to perfection before getting on the end of Anthony Martial’s through-ball.
Fernandes got the third on the 20 minute mark when he was quickest to react to a loose ball before tucking it home.
Then Victor Lindelof made it four when he capitalised on some sloppy Leeds defending from a corner.
Liam Cooper did manage to pull one back for the Whites and Stuart Dallas got Leeds’ second, but in between those goals came Dan James’ excellent finish and a Bruno Fernandes penalty, which effectively put Man United out of sight.
Despite being 5-2 down, Bielsa’s men refused to roll over and if it wasn’t for some unbelievable saves by David De Gea, the Yorkshire giants could have potentially pulled off one of the best comebacks of all time.
Patrick Bamford even had the ball in the net at one stage but it was correctly ruled out for offside.
I say that the score line doesn’t reflect the entire game because Leeds had a total of 17 shots on goal so if they had been more clinical and tightened up the defence, who knows what the outcome would have been.
- Nyle Smith
There’s no better way to follow up the introduction to the blog other than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer showing the strikers how it’s done.
What a brilliant finish by the current Red Devils gaffer against Leeds when he was in his prime days.
Maybe Solskjaer might consider putting himself up-front this afternoon if he is tuned in.
- Nyle Smith
Greetings SunSport family, I hope everyone is healthy and safe.
How kind of you to take the time out of your day to join me on this fine Sunday morning.
Spring is in full effect and we are approaching the business end of the season which means that both the weather and the Premier League is hotting up!
The Red Devils are almost certain of nailing down a Champions League spot for next season, well that’s if it still exists depending on whether the Super League discussions start to pop up again.
But, it would take an absolute miracle for United to snatch the Premier League trophy from their bitter Manchester rivals who only need a total of 8 points with 5 games remaining.
However, Man City will be feeling a little wounded after their quadruple dreams were shattered by Chelsea who knocked them out of the FA Cup last weekend.
And to makes matters worse, this loss came exactly 7 days after City suffered a 2-1 Premier League defeat to Man United’s opponents this afternoon, 10-man Leeds United.
It was a memorable victory for the Whites but I’m sure that they will be hoping to keep 11 men on the field this time because something tells me that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men won’t make the same mistake.
In addition to that, Bielsa will also be hoping his side can follow up on that hard fought point against the Champions Liverpool last Tuesday, by putting a dent in the Red Devil’s strong ending to the campaign.
Grab yourself some lunch and quickly return to your device because the team news will be following shortly.
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