Manchester United v Leeds United Match Thread - Dallas at left back, Koch in for Phillips

11 Aug 2021 05:01 pm, by Ellandback1


Saturday 14th August 12:30pm | Old Trafford


Junior Firpo will miss Saturday lunchtime's War of the Roses clash at Old Trafford. The £13m signing from Barcelona missed the games against Ajax and Villarreal with a slight knock. Stuart Dallas will deputise. Club Captain Liam Cooper will start at centre back alongside either Struijk. Llorente picked up an injury last month against Real Bettis. It is likely to keep the Spanish International sidelined for a few weeks.

According to @LUFCfanzone…

Diego has a leg muscle injury which will take 2-3 weeks to heal. It’s not major but he probably won’t be ready for the start of the PL season.

Jamie Shackleton too, is on the treatment table. A nasty clash of heads during the 4-0 Ajax defeat saw the 22 year old substituted. Inspirational midfielder Kalvin Phillips will also miss out following his England heroics earlier in the Summer, Robin Koch will slot into the holding midfield role. It will be interesting to see which youngsters make the bench this season! Cresswell, Dramah, Summerville, Greenwood and of course Joe Gelhardt have all impressed lately but will it be enough? Exciting new signing Lewis Bate will also be looking for game time following his £1.2m transfer from Stamford Bridge.





Fernandes, Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire, and Victor Lindelof all returned to action against Everton last weekend and should start against Bielsa's side! New signing Raphael Varane will miss out, his registration delayed after having to isolate following his move from Real Madrid. Jadon Sancho too is unlikely to start for the Reds. He only joined up with his team mates for the first time on Monday.

Dean Henderson and Jesse Lingard have both been ruled out with Covid related illnesses whilst Rashford and Telles are long term absentees. Cavani, Bailly and Diallo are all resting having taken part in the Olympics for their respective Countries!




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danhirons wrote on 16 Aug 2021 11:48 am

1964white wrote: Mon Aug 16, 2021 7:06 am
:ok: :tup:

1964white wrote on 16 Aug 2021 07:06 am

danhirons wrote: Mon Aug 16, 2021 6:52 am anyone been able to find extended highlights which show the build up to the goals? koch, klich and I think ayling completely lose their men for several of the goals

1964white wrote on 16 Aug 2021 07:03 am

danhirons wrote: Mon Aug 16, 2021 6:51 am won't his lack of preparation just be down to kalvin having been at the euros and thus late to join up with the team for pre season?

either way, the decision to play Koch at cdm was criminal regardless of Kalvin's level of prep. I'd rather have a 50 per cent kalvin there than Koch sorry.
I agree Dan :tup: couldn't believe our team selection when you think of our fitness regime & Manure had three Euro stars in their line-up who appeared to be as fit as a butchers dog.

danhirons wrote on 16 Aug 2021 06:52 am

anyone been able to find extended highlights which show the build up to the goals? koch, klich and I think ayling completely lose their men for several of the goals

danhirons wrote on 16 Aug 2021 06:51 am

onemoreslogan wrote: Sun Aug 15, 2021 6:31 pm Regarding Kalvin, Bielsa said:

"There's no new injuries that I'm aware of at the moment and of course Kalvin is always in consideration to be a starter but his lack of preparation hindered him"

It certainly sounds like him not starting was related to discipline of some sort. Tough spot for Bielsa, having to leave off your most important player and shame on KP if he hurt his teammates by not towing the line the way he should. Hopefully whatever it is won't last more than a week.
won't his lack of preparation just be down to kalvin having been at the euros and thus late to join up with the team for pre season?

either way, the decision to play Koch at cdm was criminal regardless of Kalvin's level of prep. I'd rather have a 50 per cent kalvin there than Koch sorry.