Manchester Utd v Leeds Utd Match Thread
17 Dec 2020 08:08 pm, by Ellandback1
Sunday 20th December 16:30| Old Trafford
Leeds make the historic 48 mile journey across the Penines to re-ignite the bitter feud - the War of the Roses. It's been 16 long years since the two sides have met in the league, though Leeds fans will remember Simon Grayson's Leeds knocking Fergie's Reds out of the FA Cup in 2011. The two sides have met in Cup competitions since then, though they have been one sided affairs. The massive gulf that once existed between the two sides has all but evaporated, and are separated by just three points. Leeds have actually scored three more goals than their opponents.
Leeds will be heartened by their midweek performance, having putting five past Newcastle. Unfortunately for the Whites, they can't seem to stop conceding. There are no new injury worries for Bielsa, Diego Llorente remains out, while Gaetano Berardi, Adam Forshaw and Robin Koch are long-term absentees. We can expect him to name an unchanged team on Sunday. Pablo Hernandez's cameo role would not have gone unnoticed by the Argentine having made two assists in eight minutes. Manchester United also have no new injury concerns for the visit of Leeds United, with Edinson Cavani expected to return following a muscular injury. David de Gea, Scott McTominay and Luke Shaw could feature after being rested against Sheffield United.
The game takes place on the 90th anniversary of Leeds United's biggest win against Manchester United, a 5-0 triumph at Elland Road in 1930. But Manchester United have not lost at home to Leeds in a league fixture since 1981, winning nine and drawing six of the subsequent 15 meetings. This will be the first league meeting between the sides since a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in February 2004. Leeds won their most recent away game at Old Trafford, 1-0 in the FA Cup in January 2010.
Manchester United have earned 16 points out of the last 18 available, winning five games and drawing the other. However, they have managed just one victory in six league matches at Old Trafford, scoring three goals in total. Leeds United have won only twice in seven Premier League matches, drawing one and losing four. Leeds' victory against Newcastle United last weekend was the first time in 34 attempts they have come from behind to win a Premier League game. Bielsa has beaten Manchester United twice in his managerial career, winning home and away with Athletic Club in the last 16 of the 2011-12 Europa League.
Leeds Starting XI
Meslier, Dallas, Ayling, Cooper, Alioski, Phillips, Klich, Moreno, Raphinha, Harrison, Bamford
Subs: Casilla, Struijk, Casey, Davis, Shackleton, Costa, Roberts, Hernandez, Poveda