Line-ups Debate: What will be our ‘best possible team’ for Leeds?
Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has stated that he will name a line-up that gives us the best possible chance of winning Sunday’s Premier League game at Leeds.
The trip to Elland Road comes just three days before our Champions League campaign resumes with a visit to the Spanish capital to face Atletico Madrid in the round of 16, but despite that, the German says his that his XI will be picked based on what we need to beat the Whites, rather than with one eye on that tie in the Spanish capital.
Speaking in his exclusive matchday interview, which you will be able to see in full from 09:00 GMT on the morning of the game, Rangnick says: “What we will do, we will try to play the best possible team to win the game at Leeds, and, then again, we'll do the same for the game against Atletico on Wednesday.”
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During that interview, our interim boss also speaks about how rotation will likely not be as much of a factor in his selection, due to the five-day gap between this game and our 2-0 victory over Brighton on Tuesday.
Therefore, with the exception of Edinson Cavani and Tom Heaton who were confirmed to be sidelined for the game by Ralf in his pre-match press conference, he will likely have a welcome selection headache with nearly a full squad available to choose from, for the trip over the Pennines.
So, will he stick with the team that the started midweek win or look to make a few adjustments for Sunday’s game? Two of our writers have had their say…
“I think Ralf will likely stay with the same side that did the business against Brighton in the week.
“Despite Victor Lindelof being a late change to the starting line-up, that clean sheet against the Seagulls will have been a big boost to the confidence of the team – who will believe they can do it again at Elland Road.
“Likewise, I think the boss will look to use the tenacity of Fred and Scott McTominay in the centre of the park to nullify the energy that we know Leeds will try and bring to the match.”
- Joshua Kerr
POGBA AND RASHFORD TO RETURN
“Rangnick has suggested that he’s more likely to make changes to his XI for our games that come after this one, at Atletico and at home to Watford, but I think he could opt to make one or two tweaks to the side at Elland Road, and my guess is that Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford come back in for Fred and Anthony Elanga, the duo that ably replaced them on Tuesday.
“Pogba produced an impressive cameo from the bench in midweek against Brighton, having started the previous three matches since his return from injury, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Frenchman in our midfield from the off again on Sunday. If you remember rightly, Paul was on fire in the reverse fixture earlier in the season, crafting out four of our five goals in that opening-day rout over Marcelo Bielsa’s men.
“Our no.6’s line-breaking passes were a downfall of the Whites’ pressing style back in August and they could be once again this weekend, if we can get runners in behind the home defence for him to pick out.
"That’s where I believe a fresh Rashford could have a part to play with his pace off that right flank, while I expect an unchanged look to the defence off the back of that clean sheet against Brighton, with the fit-again Raphael Varane waiting in the wings to return during Wednesday's European tie against a team, and in a competition, that he knows very well.”
- Mikey Partington
YOUR UNITED PREDICTIONS
At the time of writing, this is what you are saying about the trip to Leeds, in our predictions game…
58% = Cristiano Ronaldo
16% = Jadon Sancho
12% = Bruno Fernandes
24% = Leeds 1 United 3
21% = Leeds 1 United 2
17% = Leeds 0 United 2