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Leeds United vs Manchester United: Premier League Preview, H2H & Predicted Line-ups

The latest chapter of the long-standing rivalry between Leeds United and Manchester City gets underway on Sunday in front of a sold-out Elland Road. 

For the first time in over 18 years, the Elland Road crowd will get to watch Leeds vs Man United in top-flight action as last season’s Premier League encounter here took place behind closed doors.

The Whites lost 3-0 to Everton at Goodison Park last time out, taking their winless league streak to three matches (D1, L2). 

That must be music to the Red Devils’ ears as they hope to solidify their position in a keenly-contested top-four battle following a 2-0 midweek triumph over Brighton & Hove Albion. 

But since Leeds are only six points clear of the relegation territory, Marcelo Bielsa’s men will fight tooth and nail to fend off fourth-placed Man United and avoid sliding into a danger zone. 

The scars of a thrashing 5-1 defeat on the opening matchday of the season are still fresh in the Whites camp, which is likely to amplify their ambitions to upset Ralf Rangnick’s side. 

It won’t be easy, especially after United received a double injury boost ahead of this game.

Leeds United vs Manchester United Head-to-Head

Barring a 1-0 loss at Elland Road in September 2002, Man United have gone unbeaten in 15 of their last 16 Premier League clashes against Leeds (W10, D5).

However, despite their impressive H2H form, the Red Devils are still seeking their first league double over the Whites since the 1999/2000 season.

Man United have held Leeds at bay in their last two Premier League away meetings, as many clean sheets as they had in their previous nine matches at Elland Road in the competition.

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Since suffering a crushing 4-1 defeat at Watford in November, the Red Devils have gone unbeaten in their last six Premier League road trips (W4, D2). 

Worryingly, Rangnick’s men have dropped six points from winning positions, turning the leads against Chelsea, Aston Villa and Burnley into draws. 

Since a goalless draw with Leeds in April 2020, United have found the net in all 14 away league games as they enter this round as the only Premier League side to have scored in each travel this season. 

However, it is worth noting that they have netted precisely once in five of their last seven top-flight fixtures on hostile turf. 

Player to Watch

Bruno Fernandes broke his four-game scoring duck with a late strike to seal Man United’s 2-0 win against Brighton last time out, taking his tally for the season to eight Premier League goals. 

The Portuguese playmaker enjoys playing against Leeds, though, as witnessed by his haul of five goals and one assist from three league appearances against the Whites.

Leeds United vs Manchester United Predicted Line-ups

Leeds United (4-1-4-1): Illan Meslier; Luke Ayling, Diego Llorente, Pascal Struijk, Junior Firpo; Robin Koch; Raphinha, Rodrigo, Mateusz Klich, Jack Harrison; Daniel James. 

Manchester United (4-2-3-1): David de Gea; Diogo Dalot, Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Fred, Scott McTominay; Bruno Fernandes, Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, Cristiano Ronaldo. 

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