Preview: Solskjaer’s Manchester United must tighten up at the back against Leeds

Manchester United will be aiming to make it back to back wins in the Premier League when they take on Leeds United at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

The Reds go into the game on the back of a 3-2 victory over Sheffield United on Thursday night whilst the visitors ran out 5-2 winners over Newcastle United at Elland Road last weekend.

Anthony Martial is widely expected to lead the reds attack after scoring against Sheffield United on Thursday night whilst Edinson Cavani could also be in line to return to the first team squad having missed the last few games through injury.

It’s crazy to think that Manchester United last met Leeds United in the Premier League nearly two decades ago 21st February 2004 to be exact. Few if any could have foreseen the fall of Leeds United back then but under the management of Marcelo Bielsa they finally look settled and have enjoyed a bright start to the campaign on their return to the Premier League.

Games between the two sides have always been a tasty and entertaining affair and Sunday should be no different. Leeds aren’t a side who like to sit back and defend and have already shown in games so far this season they like to attack teams right from the off and are more than a match for anyone.

The Reds defence hasn’t been the greatest so far this season and it’s that defence which Solskjaer will no doubt have to tighten on Sunday. Going forward United have bags of goals in them but at the back it’s a different story and with Leeds attack in fine form United’s back four will have to be at their best to keep the visitors at bay.

In a season so far plagued with inconsistency its essential United can put a run of wins together over the Christmas period to life moral and spirits at the club. Despite recent setbacks it must be remembered that victory over Leeds would take the Reds to within touching distance of Tottenham at the top of the Premier League table and its important to remember that with the second half of the season on the way.

It’s a game which Manchester United go into as the favorites but it wont be easy. You wouldn’t back against Leeds finishing in the Europa League places this season and they will no doubt make life difficult for United on Sunday but its still a game I expect the Reds to win albeit it will be close.

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