Manchester United are looking to build on their midweek win over Brighton as they travel to rivals Leeds United on Sunday.
Manchester United know there isn’t a lot to play for in the 2021/22 season anymore. But, as a minimum finishing in a Champions League spot can assist the players to keep a decent end to what’s been a particularly disastrous season.
To do that, they can’t be dropping points regularly anymore in the Premier League. The red Devils face arch-rivals Leeds United at Elland road up next. Leeds were in perpetual ‘hot n’ cold’ shape this season and you genuinely don’t know what to expect from them.
What man United can anticipate is, however, a challenging struggle to construct on a winning run – which is now pivotal. The red Devils need to maintain a robust, disciplined shape vs Leeds & most significantly – on the risk of sounding like a damaged record – enhance their finishing to come out on top.
Team News: Manchester United vs Leeds United
starting on Sunday, Leeds embark upon a fearsome run of fixtures without their totemic midfielder Kalvin Phillips or captain Liam Cooper. But the pair could both be back by the point the Whites face top relegation rivals Norwich city inside the second week of March.
Leeds United form: W W L D L
Raphael Varane was a closing-minute dropout from the squad that defeated Brighton 2-0 in midweek with stomach issues.
Eric Bailly injured his ankle upon his return from international duty with Ivory Coast. Which has sidelined him since the start of February. Both Nemanja Matic (shin) and Edinson Cavani (groin) have been compelled to pull out of training in the week.
Manchester United form: W W D D W
Possible starting lineup: Manchester United vs Leeds United
Manchester United (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Maguire, Varane, Telles, Dalot; McTominay, Pogba/Fred; Bruno Fernandes, Jadon Sancho, Rashford/Elanga; Ronaldo.
Leeds United (4-3-3): Illan Meslier,Luke Ayling,Diego Llorente,Pascal Struijk, Leo Hjelde,Adam Forshaw,Mateusz Klich,Rodrigo,Raphinha,Tyler Roberts,Dan James
Ralf Rangnick’s attempts at sweeping changes since his midseason arrival have improved the side’s underlying numbers – if not quite the results just yet. But he may be best served to take a leaf out of his predecessor’s book for Sunday’s match.
Manchester United will inevitably create chances against the second-worst defence in the league. The more pertinent question is whether they will take them.
Prediction: Leeds United 1-2 Manchester United
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