Manchester United host Leeds United on Sunday, no doubt a fixture every United fan had circled on the calendar since Leeds were promoted to the Premier League this season and will be for the first league meeting between the two sides since February 2004.
A first league meeting between these two sides for more than 16 years will inevitably evoke memories of the fierce battles this rivalry has thrown up in years gone by during the 1960s-70s.
Old Trafford hasn’t been the easiest place for United to win this season, but United have played more Premier League games against Leeds without losing than against any other club, with the Whites’ last league triumph at Old Trafford coming way back in February 1981 – 15 games ago.
United are 6th in the table while Leeds sit at 13th but that won’t really matter come Sunday.
Manchester United Team News
Edinson Cavani, who has missed United’s last three games with a muscle injury is still considered doubtful for Sunday. Other than that, United are fairly healthy. For Leeds, centre-back Diego Llorente is likely to be ruled out with a muscular problem, while Gaetano Berardi (knee), Adam Forshaw (groin), and Robin Koch (knee) are long-term absentees.
Expect David de Gea to return back to the starting keeper spot. Unfortunately, Dean Henderson didn’t do himself any favors against Sheffield United. Luke Shaw, Fred, and Scott McTominay are among the other players who will be expecting to come back in.
Even if Cavani is healthy, it wouldn’t be a shock to see Rashford and Martial up front. Martial helped himself to a goal and an assist in the win over Sheffield United. For Leeds, the player to watch is Patrick Bamford, having netted nine goals in 13 Premier League games for Leeds so far.
Manchester United possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred, Pogba; Fernandes; Martial, Rashford