Early team news for Leeds clash

Tuesday 07 February 2023 08:00

Manchester United meet Leeds United on Wednesday in the first of successive Premier League games against our rivals from across the Pennines.

The Reds closed the gap on Arsenal (eight points) and Manchester City (three points) with the weekend win over Crystal Palace and can make up further ground with victory over the Yorkshiremen, who parted company with manager Jesse Marsch on Monday.

The rearranged game is set to be the first one missed by Casemiro if his three-match suspension for the red card on Saturday is confirmed.

With Scott McTominay joining Christian Eriksen and Donny van de Beek on the sidelines, it does leave Erik ten Hag short of midfield options, if the Scotland international is not fit to play.

However, Marcel Sabitzer could be in the frame to make his first start, after a lively cameo as a substitute in the 2-1 win over the Eagles. The loan signing from Bayern Munich would have been appearing against his former coach as Marsch selected him for a couple of games during their time together at RB Leipzig, before the midfielder switched Bundesliga clubs.

However, the American was relieved of his duties ahead of these two huge fixtures for the Elland Road side.

Anthony Martial was absent from the Palace game, due to an injury setback, but Diogo Dalot returned to the bench after his lay-off, with Jadon Sancho another of the unused substitutes.

Jack Butland is eligible again, although he has still to make his first appearance for the club since joining on loan.


Striker Rodrigo is out for a number of weeks after being injured in the Emirates FA Cup tie with Accrington Stanley but Patrick Bamford is fit again to compensate.

Robin Koch is back after missing the 1-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest due to suspension, with Liam Cooper taking his place, and Brenden Aaronson made a surprising appearance on the bench at The City Ground despite having appendicitis only last week.

Stuart Dallas, Adam Forshaw, Archie Gray and Sonny Perkins have all been absentees.

United have waited 56 years for a week like this


Back-to-back league games against the same opponents is a very rare occurrence in the Reds' recent history.

Reds boss Ten Hag will address the press later today (Tuesday) and also speak to club media.

Of course, we'll have this covered on the United App and ManUtd.com from 12:30 GMT.