Manchester United Vs Leeds United
Manchester United will play hosts to Leeds United at a nearly-packed Old Trafford on Saturday’s lunchtime kickoff, and they will be hoping to begin their season on a positive note with a victory.
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Both Manchester United and Leeds United are meeting in their opening top-flight league match of the season for the first time since 1970/1971, though we have fond memories of this tie when both teams met last season – when the Red Devils thrashed Leeds 6-2. Do not expect the same result this time.
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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping to lay down a marker and challenge for the league title by winning this game. A strong start to the season is what culminates in a title-winning campaign or a decent challenge.
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Leeds United surely have ambitions of their own as they feel that they can crack the Top Six and secure qualification for Europe next season.
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United will be without some key players for their opening match. They will miss the services of goalkeeper Dean Henderson and striker Edinson Cavani, who tested positive for Covid-19, while Ivorian duo Eric Bailly and Amad Diallo have not linked up with their teammates – after featuring at the just-concluded Olympic Games in Tokyo Japan. Defender Alex Telles and forward Marcus Rashford are both ruled out, due to injuries.
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As for Leeds United, new signing Junior Firpo is likely to make his Premier League bow following his capture from Spanish side Barcelona in the Summer, after he recovered from a knock in pre-season, while Jamie Shackleton has been passed fit, after he had suffered a concussion during pre-season.