Leeds United kicks off their EPL 2021/22 campaign with a trip to old rival Manchester United in Saturday’s early kick off
The whites will fancy their chances of getting a first league win at Old Trafford since 1981 while United on the other hand will want to stretch their unbeaten league run at home against Leeds in a way that will make them lay down a strong marker as a title contender after suffering opening day defeat to crystal palace last season.
The two sides will field some new faces with Manchester United notably more likely to involve Jadon Sancho after signing the talented Englishman this summer after a long pursuit and Leeds on the other hand will likely give Junior Firpo his debut after joining them from Barcelona following Egzjan Alioski’s exit.
What Marcelo Bielsa said: “A game like the one on the weekend is independent, it doesn’t really matter when it is played, it has a life of its own at any time. We tried to convert the experiences [from last season] into conclusions. The natural thing is that in certain games and certain moments, and the player tries to incorporate experiences and decisions that are the adequate ones. Every game in the Premier League is complicated.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on when asked about What he is expecting from Marcelo Bielsa’s men in front of a packed out Old Trafford tomorrow: “The important thing is what I expect from my team. The opposition you can prepare for but for us it’s about ourselves. We’ve had a good pre-season; the last couple of weeks have been really good with everyone back in. Even though we’re still missing a few players through injury and through Covid, we’re still feeling confident ahead of the game.”
Kalvin Phillips, Jamie Shackleton and Junior Firpo are all available for the trip to Old Trafford, but Diego Llorente will be missing.
Marcus Rashford will miss the lunchtime kick-off for the hosts with a shoulder injury, whilst fellow absentees will be Alex Telles, Jesse Lingard, Dean Henderson, Amad Diallo, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly.