Man Utd vs Leeds Prediction | 20th Dec | Premier League 2020-21
A rivalry of huge history and significance will be rekindled as Man Utd lock horns with Leeds United on Sunday.
The sides will be competing against each other in a competitive atmosphere for the first time since 2011.
The last meeting between the two witnessed Michael Owen's brace that helped a Sir Alex Ferguson led Man Utd entering the fourth round of the League Cup.
Leeds United have been in spectacular form recently with consecutive wins against Sheffield United and Newcastle United respectively.
Leeds have been one of the best-promoted sides the Premier League has seen and Marcelo Bielsa's analytical approach makes it look even better.
Due to a forward-minded approach by players at every position, it has become easy to penetrate their defence and that has been one area of concern for the Leeds boss.
They have conceded the second-most goals in the league so far, only behind West Bromwich Albion.
Man Utd completed ten away wins in a row on Thursday but the Red Devils still need to sort a lot of issues in the way they start the game.
In addition to that, their home record has been not anywhere near of where it should be with the hosts winning only one of their last six league games at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils were eliminated from Champions League recently, and that is something the fans didn't expect considering the kind of start they had in the first three games of their UCL campaign.
Man Utd have won five of their last six domestic games, something they would want to allow to continue as they have an opportunity to jump to the second spot in the league, considering they win their game in hand against Burnley.
Leeds scored five against the Magpies in their last game and if they manage to score even two at Old Trafford, we will be certain that the time will see a close finish.
Man Utd vs Leeds Utd: Team News
Manchester United have a full squad to present and the only exception is their new signing Edinson Cavani who is sidelined due to a muscle injury.
Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo are out too. For Leeds, Adam Forshaw will be out for a long time due to a muscle injury. Robin Koch and Diego Llorente are out due to knee and muscular injuries respectively.
Players to Watch Out:
Anthony Martial (Man Utd)
The Frenchman was successful in scoring his first goal of the Premier League 2020-21 and hopefully, this will boost him with ample confidence.
He is a very talented striker and his link-up play with both Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes makes him an ideal candidate to cause Leeds problems.
Jack Harrison (Leeds United)
Harrison played a huge part in Leeds' victory against Newcastle United. The five-goal thriller saw Harrison scoring one, and setting up one.
His pace and accuracy of his long balls are exceptional. He can cause some serious trouble to the Red Devils backline, especially in the initial stages of the game.
Man Utd vs Leeds Prediction:
The game will be open and it is anticipated that Leeds won't shy away from boasting the philosophy they are taught to play in. For Man Utd, they won't be surprised by Bielsa's approach.
On the contrary, they would see this as an opportunity to counter more attacks to do more and more damage in the first half of the game.
Sportco predicts a draw between Man United and Leeds United.