|We go again! Leeds United will attempt to stun United again like they did in midweek, who will come out tops? (Photo credit: UK Daily)|
It’s the second instalment of the drama between this two with the first act ending in stalemate few days ago at Old Trafford. It was a game that had everything; early goal, flurry of chances, end-to-end stuff, comeback and the return of a certain Jordan Malik Sancho.
Manchester United dropped two valuable points but Leeds would take the point as a progress considering the fact that they executed the game with inexperienced gaffers on the bench but ask both sides, the second leg would be a different ball game.
Arsenal dropped points at home to the Bees on Saturday and this can open the gate for United to gatecrash the title race again. There’s also a level of comfort they can leverage with Newcastle failing to win at Bournemouth.
Leeds United left it all on the pitch against United on Wednesday and Jesse Marsche must wonder where that performance was all the while he was in charge. New manager bounce is something but for how long will it last at Elland Road?
Sinisterra and Pascal Struijck were stretchered off in the game at Old Trafford and they will not be rushed back especially the latter that was replaced due to concussion. Rodrigo is still a touch and go but Patrick Bamford will be available to lead the line again.
Scott McTominay and Antony are still unavailable for United, Casemiro still serving his ban Aaron Wan Bissaka will be assessed ahead of kickoff as he missed the midweek goal-fest at old Trafford due to an undisclosed illness.
United can move up to second albeit before City plays Aston Villa, cutting Arsenal’s lead to just five points but the Gunners would have two games on the Red Devils after the game at Elland Road, it’s enough motivation for Eric Ten Hag’s side.
Leeds will be fortunate to earn something in this game. Bruno Fernandes will be key as the chief distributor while the form of Marcus Rashford will trouble any side in the world. Marcel Sabitzer is expected to start but Jadon Sancho should come in for the vastly inexperienced Alejandro Garnacho.