Ole explains why James starts at Leeds

Sunday 25 April 2021 13:00

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has named his Manchester United side to take on Leeds United at Elland Road.

The Reds boss has made one change from the win over Burnley last time out, with Daniel James coming in against the club that tried to sign him from Swansea City before the winger made the move to Old Trafford.

Paul Pogba moves to the bench while Eric Bailly is also among the substitutes, along with Edinson Cavani.

Ole explains his team selection for Leeds trip Video

Ole explains his team selection for Leeds trip

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“Of course, you have to think about this game," the manager told MUTV. "But you also have to think about the run of games that we are facing. Dan did really well against Leeds at home, with his high energy, his one against one, his defending, everything about him suits this game.

“We are managing Marcus [Rashford]. He is working, he is getting his CV [cardiovascular] work, loads of work in the gym, but he has not been on the pitch training with boots on. That is the hard bit on his toe so we've given him as much recovery as possible. He trained yesterday, felt no reaction, so he is ready.”


Leeds: Meslier; Ayling, Strujik, Llorente, Alioski; Phillips, Dallas, Harrison, Roberts, Costa; Bamford.
Substitutes: Casilla, Koch, Berardi, Hernandez, Klich, Shackleton, Summerville, Greenwood, Poveda.

United: Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire (c), Shaw; Fred, McTominay; James, Fernandes, Rashford; Greenwood.
Substitutes: De Gea, Bailly, Telles, Tuanzebe, Mata, Matic, Pogba, van de Beek, Cavani.