Leeds United vs Manchester United: Manchester United will travel to Elland Road on Sunday to lock horns with their fierce rivals Leeds United. Both the clubs are enjoying a successful season for their own reasons.
The Red Devils will look to continue their five-game winning run as they look to decrease the gap between them and the league leaders Manchester City. On the other hand, Leeds United are aiming to finish in the top half. Currently, the Whites are placed at the 10th spot but this win could help them to leapfrog ninth-place Arsenal.
Analysis: Leeds United vs Manchester United
Manchester United are in sublime form. They have a big week ahead of them as they face Leeds on Sunday and then Roma in the Europa League semifinals. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been highly vocal about winning a trophy this season and it looks that they have set their sights on the Europa League trophy.
Leeds United are themselves unbeaten in the last five games. After struggling against the big teams earlier this season, it seems like they have found the formulae to put a much stronger performance. They have Chelsea and Liverpool to a draw and took three vital points against Manchester City in the last five games.
When and Where?
Leeds United will host Manchester United at Elland Road in the Premier League fixture on 25th April (06:30 PM IST).
Team News and Expected Line-up
The biggest worry for Marcelo Bielsa is the unavailability of his star winger Raphinha. The manager said that he has not “recovered sufficiently to be able to train again”. He will be a huge miss for the home team. Liam Cooper will also remain out of this fixture as he serves his three-game suspension due to a red card acquired against Manchester City.
Expected Line-up: Meslier; Ayling, Llorente, Struijk, Dallas; Phillips; Costa, Klich, Roberts, Harrison; Bamford.
Ole Gunnar Solkjaer confirmed on Friday that Eric Bailly has recovered and will be available for the weekend’s clash. Anthony Martial remains out of the team. Marcus Rashford has not trained in the week but Solskjaer might use him for another 60 minutes on the pitch.
Expected Line-up: Dean Henderson; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Scott McTominay, Fred, Bruno Fernandes; Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani
Head to Head stats: Leeds United vs Manchester United
It will be for the first time in 18 years that Leeds will host Manchester United in the English top-flight. It was the Red Devils who came out on top when the two sides met last time in the reverse fixture. Solskjaer’s men won the enthralling game 6-2. In the last eight games, the Whites have defeated Manchester United only once.
Patrick Bamford – Leeds United
Bamford has scored 14 goals in the Premier League this season. With Raphinha injured, Leeds United will rely on him to score goals.
Paul Pogba – Manchester United
The French international has three assists in his last three Premier League games. At the moment, he is undroppable from the side. Solskjaer will be hoping for another dominant performance from his midfielder.
The 12TH Man Prediction: Leeds United 1-3 Manchester United
With the type of football Leeds play, one can always count them to score a goal but the Red Devils will be hoping that they can do a league double over their arch-rivals.