How Manchester United should line up vs Leeds in Premier League fixture

February 8, 2023

Manchester United welcome Leeds to Old Trafford in the Premier League on Wednesday night.

United returned to Premier League action with a 2-1 win against Crystal Palace at the weekend. Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford got on the scorehseet in that game and their goals were enough to ensure a win following a late onslaught from Palace.

Casemiro was shown a red in the 70th minute against Palace and, although the London club halved the deficit shortly after he was given his marching orders, the Reds defended well and displayed impressive character in the closing stages.
Regarding the team news, Casemiro is serving a three-match suspension, while Antony and Anthony Martial are out injured

Samuel Luckhurst

Aaron Wan-Bissaka has had a good understanding with Antony, so the latter’s absence is an opportunity for United to revert to a different right-hand side. United are going to have to rotate over the next five games prior to the League Cup final and Dalot is fit again.

Alejandro Garnacho would be the political pick but Ten Hag should lay down the gauntlet to Jadon Sancho. He looked bright a week ago and United fans are willing him to regain form.

Marcel Sabitzer has to come in and Wout Weghorst has to start.

There’s a few squad issues for Ten Hag to deal with this week, but to start in an area of strength, Dalot can come back in for Wan-Bissaka against Leeds. The latter has done little wrong but Dalot is first-choice and linked-up well with Sancho in pre-season. The winger should also be back in the side this week. At the back Varane, Martinez and Shaw complete the defence.

There’s very few options in midfield after Casemiro’s red card. Fred, Sabitzer and Fernandes clearly have to start as the only three senior central midfielders available.

Antony has joined Martial on the treatment table so options are limited further forward. Rashford remains fit and vitally important, Weghorst has to go again through the middle and Sancho can come back into the starting XI.