Early team news for Leeds trip

Thursday 09 February 2023 16:30

Manchester United are preparing for a second successive Premier League meeting with Leeds United, as we travel to Elland Road on Sunday.

The Reds were missing a number of players for the 2-2 draw at Old Trafford on Wednesday, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka (illness) joining Antony, Scott McTominay, Christian Eriksen, Donny van de Beek and Anthony Martial on the sidelines.

Casemiro served the first of his three-match domestic suspension and will obviously be unavailable again in West Yorkshire.

Jadon Sancho scored the equaliser and looked to be getting back to his best, when coming off the bench, Diogo Dalot made his first league start since the game at Aston Villa in November and Facundo Pellistri made his Premier League bow when replacing Alejandro Garnacho.

Action from Sabitzer's first United start Video

Action from Sabitzer's first United start

Player highlights | Marcel Sabitzer almost scored and influenced Marcus Rashford's goal during his first start…

Victor Lindelof was introduced late on in midfield but Erik ten Hag was satisfied with Marcel Sabitzer's full debut, even if the Austria international was understandably feeling the effects of a draining encounter after his last club start came in November, for Bayern Munich against Internazionale.

"Nothing happened when we brought on Victor in the last minutes of the game," said the manager to beIN SPORTS. "But I think Marcel Sabitzer did a decent job and played a good game and the reason we took him off is because he didn't play since a while 90 minutes. In training, he seems like a fit guy.

"But if you have to come into a Premier League game, especially when you have to play Leeds United, as a team with the most intensity in the game, it is normal you are a little bit tired."


Caretaker manager Michael Skubala has admitted the hosts could be without two players injured in the 2-2 draw. Luis Sinisterra was replaced by Crysencio Summerville early on, before Pascal Struijk was struck in the head by a fierce Marcus Rashford shot.

Concussion protocols mean Struijk is unlikely to be ready in time but Skubala has not yet ruled him out.

"We have to assess with the medical team and see how he is," said Skubala. "He took a big blow. He is okay at the minute but was a bit dizzy. We need to speak to the medical team tomorrow and see how he is."

Liam Cooper and Marc Roca were unavailable but there is some hope they will be back, although Rodrigo remains one of the longer-term absentees.