One of the biggest rivalry of English football in the 70s will take place on Sunday in the Premier League after 16 years between Manchester United and Leeds United at Old Trafford.
Sir Alex Ferguson described the Roses rivalry or the Pennines derby as “fantastic, feisty occasions”. The rivalry has also been labelled as “English football’s most intense – and inexplicable – rivalry”.
Manchester United and Leeds United have met 109 times. The Red Devils won 47 times and Leeds won 27 times the rest were drawn.
Manchester United are in a good run in Premier League. They are unbeaten in their last 6 games and won 5 of those matches. With 23 points on the league table in 12 games.
The Red Devils are sitting 6th in the title race with a match in hand and 5 points away from league leaders Liverpool. But they have problems at the back, only 3 clean sheets and conceded 19 goals in this season.
Match Preview: Manchester United vs Leeds United
Even though Manchester United are on a roll away from home with 6 wins in 6. Their home form is abysmal. The only managed to pick up 5 points in 6 matches with only one win and three defeats.
Manchester United won their last match thanks to a brace from Marcus Rashford against Sheffield United by 3-2. The only match that Manchester United won at home was against West Brom from a Bruno Fernandes penalty.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer will be hoping that his talisman Bruno Fernandes will show his class in this match after a quiet midweek performance. Another talented French International Paul Pogba will show some consistency after a very good game against Sheffield.
Leeds United is an excellent team to watch under Argentine manager Marcelo Bielsa. They play a high pressing, attacking and position based football. Pep Guardiola believes that Bielsa is the best manager in the world.
They showed what we will be getting from them in this season on the opening fixture against Liverpool at Anfield. They outplayed Liverpool in some occasions but in the end, lost the match by 3-4.
The Peacocks are 13th at the moment with 17 points in 13 games. They conceded 24 goals which is concerning for them nonetheless they will keep playing the same brand of football.
Patrick Bamford has been in a terrific form for Leeds, he’s already scored 9 goals in the league. Everyone was doubting his capability in the Premier League but he answered his critic with his numbers.
Leeds won their last match against Newcastle United at Elland Road by 5-2. It will give them much needed confidence for this upcoming derby at Old Trafford.
Manchester United Form: W-W-W-D-W
Leeds United Form: D-W-L-L-W
Team News: Manchester United vs Leeds United
Manchester United’s Norwegian manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær has chopped and changed his side quite a lot even he changed his formation a few times this season, so it will be interesting to see what will he do. Will he choose the same team as it was on Thursday or not.
Summer signing Edinson Cavani should be available for this match after recovering from an injury, but it’s not likely that he will start the game.
Solskjær might go with a diamond in this match and David De Gea should replace Dean Henderson and Luke Shaw for Alex Telles and other few changes as well, with Fred and Scott McTominay starting.
Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has been consistent with his formation and playing style, he plays with 4-1-4-1 and high full-backs on both sides.
Leeds will be without summer signing centre-backs Diego Llorente and Robin Koch, and they will be going to this match with the same side as it was against Newcastle.
Patrick Bamford the highest scorer for Leeds United will lead the line in this match.
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Leeds style of play will be perfect for Man United to play counter-attacking football with pacy forwards like Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.
Prediction: Manchester United 3 – 1 Leeds United
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