One of English Football's grand old rivalries will have another chapter written at Old Trafford tonight when Manchester United host Leeds United.
📝 Match context
More than 16 years have passed since a 1-1 draw at Elland Road and the last time Manchester United played Leeds United in the Premier League.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side arrive in 13th, seven places, and six points behind an Ole Gunnar Solskjær team that is unbeaten in six matches (five of these wins) and rising towards the top. Both managers like to play the expansive stuff so this may prove a festive cracker to warm the cockles.
🔮 Predicted XIs
Man United (4-2-3-1): de Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, Pogba; Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Rashford; Martial
Leeds United (4-1-4-1): Meslier; Dallas, Ayling, Cooper, Alioski; Phillips; Raphinha, Klich, Rodrigo, Harrison; Bamford
🔑 Key stats
- Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 15 home league games against Leeds United (W9 D6), since a 0-1 loss in February 1981. This is the first league meeting between the sides since a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in February 2004.
- Manchester United have played more home Premier League games against Leeds without losing than against any other club (P12 W8 D4).
- Manchester United lost their final league match before Christmas last season to Watford – they have not done so in consecutive years since 1995, when the second of these matches was a Christmas Eve loss at Elland Road against Leeds.
- Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa has beaten Manchester United twice in his managerial career, winning home and away with Athletic Bilbao in the Round of 16 of the 2011/12 UEFA Europa League. Bielsa’s Athletic side was one of only two teams Sir Alex Ferguson faced as Manchester United manager more than once while losing each time, along with Borussia Dortmund.
- Patrick Bamford has scored nine goals in his first 13 Premier League games for Leeds; a goal in this match would see him become the fastest Englishman to 10 Premier League goals for the Whites, and the fastest by any player since Mark Viduka in November 2000 (9 appearances).
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