Man United VS Leeds Match LIVE Football Score 14/08/2021
Manchester United enter the new Premier League with a spring in their step, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are some way off full strength for Saturday’s clash with Leeds. New signing Jadon Sancho is available to make his debut but Raphael Varane has still to complete his proposed move from Real Madrid.
Sancho only returned to training this week following his £73million transfer from Borussia Dortmund after England’s run to the Euros final, and will likely be on the bench. Speaking on Friday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “Jadon has come in and done very good this week. Maybe a little bit too early, I’ll see how he is. I’d say you’ll see him. He’s definitely involved in the squad.”
With Varane yet to be registered, Victor Lindelof should partner Harry Maguire at centre-back. David de Gea is set to start the season as No1 goalkeeper with Dean Henderson still suffering fatigue after contracting Covid-19, while Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka will complete the defence at wing-back.
Manchester United kick off their 2021/22 Premier League campaign with a visit from old rivals Leeds United on Saturday. Thanks to some smart transfer business, hopes are pretty high at Old Trafford heading into the new season and the Red Devils’ meeting with Marcelo Bielsa’s side is one of the standout fixtures of gameweek one.
Manchester United’s 2021/22 season starts on Saturday afternoon, and a capacity crowd will be present inside Old Trafford when we take on our historic rivals Leeds United.
It’s a momentous day for the club, with a full house descending on M16 for the first time since the famous 2-0 win over Manchester City in March 2020.
The Reds finished second last term, and have hopes of going one better this time around, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad growing in confidence and momentum over the last couple of years. But Marcelo Bielsa’s well-drilled Leeds outfit won’t be easy opposition on the first weekend of the season – and that’s without taking into account the age-old enmity between the two clubs.
New signing Jadon Sancho has enjoyed his first week of training, and could be in contention to make his United debut this weekend, though possibly from the bench.
Anthony Martial started last weekend’s 4-0 win in the friendly with Everton, and could be in line to feature in a competitive game for the first time in almost five months. Our back five in that clash with the Toffees was David De Gea, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw, and with Dean Henderson having recently struggled with COVID-19, and prospective new signing Raphael Varane still to be confirmed, a similar defensive set-up this weekend would not be surprising.
Bruno Fernandes was in fine form last weekend, but who will partner him in midfield? Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba and Donny van de Beek have all been looking bright and, in the wide positions, youngster Anthony Elanga has proved he is more than ready to build on the couple of opportunities he received last season. Up front, Mason Greenwood is another option at centre-forward or on the flanks.
Manchester United became only the third top-flight club to remain unbeaten away from home last season (W12, D7), emulating Preston North End in 1888-89 and Arsenal in 2001-02 and 2003-04.
Leeds’ total of 59 points last season was the second highest by a promoted team in a 38-match Premier League campaign. Ipswich Town earned 66 points in 2000-01.