Manchester United vs Leeds United
English Premier League
Date: Saturday 14th August 2021
Kick off at 12:30 UK/ 13:30 CET
Venue: Old Trafford (Manchester).
You get the sense that Manchester United are ready for the first time in almost a decade to try and win the Premier League title. There have been significant improvements over the last few seasons and the Red Devils were able to finish 2nd last season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team will be delighted that their first game of the season will be at home and now in front of a returning crowd and that should create quite an atmosphere. There is a very good rivalry between these two clubs and like last season we expect the home side to score early and for this one to be a very open game of football.
Manchester United have been limited in playing pre-season games but one of note was last week when, at this ground, they crushed Premier League rivals Everton 4-0 and that felt like statement win.
United have not lost any of their quality players and their most significant deal in the summer came when they acquired Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.
Leeds will be the underdogs to get anything here but at the same time they were great last season and really entertained and they are a team who like to play attacking football no matter who the opponent is.
Leeds finished 9th last season which was a great achievement by them, and they will want to either maintain that or improve a little as they try to become a Premier League staple side once again.
The club have spent £25m and secured the services of Jack Harrison from Manchester City and also Junior Firpo from Barcelona.
Manchester United vs Leeds United Head-to-Head
- Last season Manchester United beat Leeds in this fixture 6-2.
- Manchester United have scored 9 goals past Leeds in their last 3 meetings.
- Leeds have not beaten Manchester United at Old Trafford in the league since 1981.
Manchester United vs Leeds United: Prediction
Much like last season we expect to see a flurry of goals for the home side who are boasting an incredible amount of goalscoring talent. The side will be confident and happy and will want to get off to the best possible start and while Leeds will play their part they could get overwhelmed again.
Bruno Fernandes has been excellent for the home side, and he scored 2 goals the last time the clubs played here, and he could be worth backing to score anytime.
With fans back and the rivalry these two teams have it could be worth backing to see a sending off in the game because make no mistake the tackles will fly in, and this will be end-to-end football played at a very high tempo