Manchester United vs Leeds: Manchester United will continue their impressive performance against struggling Leeds United as they hope to close the gap between them and Manchester City and Arsenal.
Leeds United currently sit in 17th place, and the club will be looking forward to getting three points against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Manchester United have never lost at Old Trafford in the last 13 matches, and Leeds United will have to work hard to get a point against the Reds.
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Erik Ten Hag’s team moved up to third place after defeating Crystal Palace in the Premier League, with Newcastle playing a 1-1 draw with West Ham.
Manchester United started the game well, playing possession football. The team went ahead in the 7th minute after Will Hughes’ handball in the penalty box.
Bruno Fernandes scored from the penalty spot to give the club a lead, and Crystal Palace could not deal with Manchester United’s high pressing ability, with Antony’s shot being blocked by his teammate Raphael Varane.
Crystal Palace’s only shot on target came in the 45th minute, but it was saved by Manchester United’s David De Gea. Manchester United’s second goal came in the second half from Marcus Rashford.
The winger was unmarked in the box after receiving the ball from Luke Shaw and found it easy to put the ball in the Crystal Palace net.
Casemiro was sent off for a straight red card for the first time in his career. He was engaged in a tussle with Will Hughes, and after a VAR check, he was sent off.
After the “red card” incident, things changed in the game. Jeffrey Schlupp scored in the 78th minute to give Crystal Palace another chance to take a point against Manchester United.
Manchester United were able to hold on to the lead as they got their win in an unpleasant manner.
Leeds lost to Nottingham Forest by a goal to nil. Jesse Marsh felt dejected after the match.
The team couldn’t put the ball in the net for the full 90 minutes. It was a poor match, and the manager seems worried about their performance.
Manchester United vs Leeds United Team News
Christian Eriksen wouldn’t be available to play against Leeds United, and his return date is in April. Marcel Sabitzer is likely to start against Leeds United after Casemiro’s red card against Crystal Palace.
Donny Van De Beek is also out with a long-term injury; he won’t participate in any matches with his teammates this season. Scott McTominay and Anthony Martial are out of the match.
Erik Ten Hag is more interested in starting the team that defeated Crystal Palace.
Rodrigo Moreno has been ruled out with an ankle injury, and his return date is early April of this year. Archie Gray is also out of the Manchester United match due to an ankle injury.
Adam Forshaw is also out due to a hip injury; the player will return on February 18, 2023. Sonny Perkins will not face Manchester United.
Leeds United will also miss Crysencio Summerville, the striker could have been a threat to Manchester United defence due to his strength and ability to win the ball on the air.
Manchester United vs Leeds United Probable Line Up
Manchester United Probable Line Up: De Gea, Wan Bissaka, Martinez, Lindelof, Malacia; Sabitzer, Bruno Fernandes, Fred; Rashford, Weghorst, Sancho
Leeds United Probable Line Up: Meslier; Ayling, Wober, Cooper, Struijk; Adams, Roca; Aaronson, Gnonto, Harrison; Bamford
Manchester United have been a very good team, but without the service of Casemiro in the midfield, goals will be difficult to score, but the match is going to Manchester United’s side.
Prediction: Manchester United 2-0 Leeds United