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Man Utd vs Leeds: Predictions
Man Utd were the best of the rest in the Premier League last season, finishing second behind eventual champions and neighbours Manchester City, with a gap of 12 points. The Red Devils were five points clear of third-placed Liverpool and have worked to both extend that gap and shorten the one between themselves and Man City, signing Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, finally ending a long transfer saga. Man Utd had a stuttered pre-season, winning two of their four games including victories over Derby County and Everton, while losing to QPR and drawing with Brentford as they dealt with a hampered squad due to the European Championships.
Leeds, meanwhile, will be hoping to build on an impressive return to the Premier League in which they secured a top-half finish and only missed out on European football by three points. The Yorkshire club have been fairly busy in the summer, bringing in six new players and playing six pre-season friendlies. However, those seven friendlies have not brought excitement, with Leeds only winning against Guiseley, drawing with Blackburn Rovers and Villarreal while losing to Fleetwood Town, Real Betis and Ajax.
Man Utd vs Leeds: Match Stats
When Edinson Cavani signed for Man Utd last summer, many looked at him as a squad filler, brought in to bolster the roster and provide backup for the likes of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood up front. But the Uruguayan ended the Premier League campaign with 10 goals in 1,366 minutes (0.66 per 90 minutes, the best at Man Utd), becoming Man Utd’s starting striker, a role he is expected to retain for 2021/22.
Although Man Utd will be favourites to win the game, the Red Devils haven’t looked too secure defensively and ended the previous Premier League campaign without a clean sheet in eight of their final nine matches. In pre-season, their only clean sheet came last time out against an Everton side missing Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Man Utd vs Leeds: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Man Utd 2-1 Leeds
Man Utd vs Leeds: Odds
Man Utd vs Leeds: Head to Head
25 April 2021 – Leeds 0-0 Man Utd – Premier League
20 December 2020 – Man Utd 6-2 Leeds – Premier League
20 September 2011 – Leeds 0-3 Man Utd – League Cup
3 January 2010 – Man Utd 0-1 Leeds – FA Cup
21 February 2004 – Man Utd 1-1 – Premier League
Last season’s Premier League games between Man Utd and Leeds gave fans a taste of the best and worst of football. The first meeting was a thrilling 6-2 win for Man Utd but it was coupled with a goalless draw at Elland Road as the Red Devils’ title charge petered out. Leeds’ last win against Man Utd came back in 2010 when they knocked their rivals out of the FA Cup third round.