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Leeds United vs Manchester United Preview: Tactics, Team News, Predicted Lineups And Streaming Sites

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A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

Manchester United are in desperate need of a win as they take on Leeds United on Sunday. The Red Devils are coming on the back of a 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion, but they are in a perilous position in the league, having drawn back to back matches against Burnley and Southampton. While they remain in the top four, failing to secure three points could see them drop out of the Champions League places this weekend.

However, in Leeds United, they are facing a tricky opponent who are more than capable of causing an upset on their way. Currently sitting 15th in the league table, the Whites haven’t had the best of seasons under Marcelo Bielsa. However, with at least two games in hand over teams above them in the standings, Sunday’s encounter offers Bielsa’s men an excellent opportunity to move out of the relegation scrap.

Leeds United vs Manchester United Preview

Talking Tactics

Leeds United

Marcelo Bielsa is likely to stick to a 4-1-4-1 setup, with emphasis on putting pressure on the opposition centre-backs and creating turnovers in dangerous areas of the pitch. However, it remains to be seen whether they can remain defensively resilient especially against a frontline valiantly led by none other than Cristiano Ronaldo.

Manchester United

Ralf Rangnick could deploy a generic 4-3-3 in order to accommodate Paul Pogba in the middle of the park. It means there could be extra responsibility on the shoulders of Scott McTominay, knowing both Pogba and Bruno Fernandes could be asked to offer the creativity in the final third.

Leeds United vs Manchester United
Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick talks to the media after the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Manchester United at Villa Park on January 15, 2022 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Team News

Leeds United

Leeds United have three key players out injured in the form of Patrick Bamford, Kalvin Phillips and captain Liam Cooper. They are also sweating on the fitness of Stuart Dallas and Junior Firpo, although we do expect the latter to return in time for Sunday’s clash.

Manchester United

Manchester United have Edinson Cavani unavailable due to a groin issue. Nemanja Matic, Raphael Varane and Eric Bailly also remain doubtful, although Varane is likely to make his return before Sunday.

Predicted Lineups

Leeds United: Meslier; Ayling, Llorente, Struijk, Firpo; Koch; Raphinha, Rodrigo, Forshaw, Harrison; James

Manchester United: de Gea; Dalot, Varane, Maguire, Shaw; Pogba, McTominay, Fernandes; Rashford, Ronaldo, Sancho

Prediction

Leeds United 1-3 Manchester United

Streaming Sites

Country Broadcaster
United Kingdom Sky Sports
USA Peacock/NBC Sports
India Hotstar,  JioTV
Canada DAZN
Spain DAZN
Italy Sky Sport 4K
Germany Sky Go
Australia Optus Sport
New Zealand Spark Sport
ScoopDragon Football News Network

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