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.
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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.
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 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 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.
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
Leeds United 1-3 Manchester United
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