Premier League 2021-22 season will kick off on Saturday when Manchester United will face Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United. The Red Devils finished second behind Manchester City in the premier league table last season, while Leeds impressed on their return to the top flight, collecting 59 points from 38 games to finish ninth. Here is our expert guess on Manchester United vs Leeds United football prediction, team news, and lineup for the first Premier League game of the 2021-22 season.
Jadon Sancho returned to training only on Monday so he will play from the bench against Leeds. Raphael Varane is also settling for a bench spot against Leeds as he is expected to start training on Wednesday.
Due to long-term COVID issues, Dean Henderson is unlikely to be available, and Jesse Lingard recently tested positive for COVID and is also unlikely to be available.
Eric Bailly and Amad Diallo played in the Olympics and will not be considered by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the time being. Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford and Alex Telles have been out for some time.
Dan James could be a surprise starter in the front three as Sancho is unlikely to be ready in time. With Paul Pogba and Donny van de Beek vying for the spot alongside Bruno Fernandes, Nemanja Matic is expected to start the season in Manchester United’s midfield.
With Robin Koch ready to deputize if necessary, Marcelo Bielsa has admitted after a late return to pre-season that Kalvin Phillips may not be fit enough to start Leeds’ opener.
Stuart Dallas may be needed at left-back on Saturday. Diego Llorente and a new signing for the summer Junior Firpo’s injury may prevent him from returning in time for Leeds, and his absence would be a significant blow given that the club let Ezgjan Alioski leave in the summer. On Saturday.
Manchester United vs Leeds Prediction
Just like last season, Leed’s pre-season has been a rollercoaster ride. They failed to win any of their previous five preseason games, including a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Ajax. Last season’s visit to Old Trafford resulted in a 6-2 loss.
Last season, United’s title challenge imploded at this point as a result of a poor start. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must get that right if they are to be competitive this season.
Manchester United will be missing a number of key players and this is going to be a difficult match. On this occasion, we do not anticipate a high-scoring contest and are simply backing Man United to win, with Sancho potentially coming off the bench to make the difference for the 20-time English champions.
Manchester United possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Matic, Fred; Pogba, Fernandes, Greenwood; Martial
Leeds United possible starting lineup:
Meslier; Ayling, Koch, Cooper, Firpo; Raphinha, Dallas, Rodrigo, Phillips, Harrison; Bamford
Our Prediction: Manchester United 2-1 Leeds United
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