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Manchester United will begin their 2021-22 Premier League season with a home game against Marcelo Bielsa‘S Leeds United Saturday afternoon.
The Red Devils finished second behind Manchester City in last year’s standings, while Leeds impressed on their return to the top division, taking 59 points from 38 games and finishing ninth.
Prediction for this match
Man United are set to battle for the Premier League title this season, with the club making further strides Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last season he finished second, 12 points behind champions Man City.
Statement signings in the form of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane have arrived and the Red Devils will try to make a mark early on in the campaign. In fact, the 20-time English champions will not face a real top 4 rival in the league until mid-October after Leicester City.
There are no easy games at this level of football, but Solskjaer will expect his side to pick up some serious points in the first few weeks and that certainly has to be the case if they really want to challenge Man City for the title, with The Citizens likely again be the team to beat.
The team’s pre-season pre-season was disrupted by late international return and coronavirus issues, but they managed to play four friendly matches and put in a strong performance against Everton last Saturday, like Bricklayer green wood, Harry Maguire, Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Dalot scored in the 4-0 victory.
Man United ended last season without cutlery but they made it to the FA Cup quarter-finals, EFL Cup semi-finals and Europa League final, and Solskjaer will be desperate to take the final step in 2021-22. although the Norwegian will certainly be supported on the transfer market this summer.
Leeds finished ninth in the Premier League on their return to the major league last season and it would be fair to say they have entertained a lot along the way.
The Whites were just two points behind eighth-place Arsenal and three points behind seventh Tottenham Hotspur, who secured a place in the Europa Conference League; Bielsa’s team was only six points short of the places in the Europa League, which is so impressive for a newcomer.
The team’s form in the final stages of the 2020/21 season was also superb as they only lost one of their last 11 games and won the last four to move up to the top half and expectations will be high this season, certainly for the fans of the club, which will put new pressure on this season.
Leeds signed both Junior Firpo and Kristoffer Klaesson this summer while Jack Harrison has moved permanently from Man City to Elland Road; more signings are expected before the time window expires, but not much has changed in the past few months.
The Whites played six times in the preseason, recording one win, two draws and three defeats. the results were anything but impressive, but you can’t read too much into the preparation of a team.
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Man United will do without the services of a number of first-team players on Saturday Marcus Rashford, Alex Telles, Dean Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Phil Jones, Eric Bailly and Amad Diallo definitely everything out.
Edinson Cavani won’t be there either as he has been given extra time off after participating in the Copa America this summer which means that Anthony Martial the nod should be given through the middle.
There is a possibility that Sancho will make his debut against Leeds but it is more likely that the England international will start on the bench before potentially playing in the second period. Varane could meanwhile sit on the bench if his move is announced in time.
Nemanja Matic impressed in the pre-season and could get the nod on the side Fred in midfield while Paul Pogba, Fernandes and Greenwood are likely to support Martial in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Regarding Leeds, Bielsa confirmed during the pre-game press conference that Firpo is available after a knock and the new signing is expected to start as a left-back.
Jamie Shackleton was also passed fit, but Diego Llorente will fail due to leg discomfort, ie Robin Koch could line up next Liam Cooper in the middle of the defense.
Stuart Dallas and Rodrigo Moreno could get the nod on the side Kalvin Phillips in midfield, with Raphinha and Harrison, who offer wide support to the center forward Patrick Bamford.
Manchester United possible starting line-up:
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Matic, Fred; Pogba, Fernandes, Greenwood; Martial arts
Leeds United possible starting line-up:
Meslier; Ayling, Koch, Cooper, Firpo; Raphinha, Dallas, Rodrigo, Phillips, Harrison; Bamford
Probability: Manchester United 2-1 Leeds United
This is a very, very tough game for Man United that will be missing some key players. Last season the Red Devils won this game 6-2 as Leeds left too many defensive gaps. On this occasion, we’re not expecting any high-scoring competition, just supporting Man United to get the job done, with Sancho possibly coming off the bench to make the difference for the 20-time English champions.
Best betting tip for this match
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