Manchester United will kick start their 2021/2022 Premier League season in the early kick of Saturday's packed fixture in the opening weekend of PL return against old adversaries at 12:30pm, Leeds United in the Roses derby at Old Trafford. The Red Devils finished second place behind City rivals, Man City last season by 12 points. Meanwhile, Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United made PL survival after their fine return to English topflight football last season.



There have been various calls from different football quarters that this should a season where Ole Gunnar Solksjaer will have no excuse in delivering a trophy to the Old Trafford outfit after going through a fantastic transfer summer where the club acquired the services of English winger, Jadon Sancho alongside France defender, Rafael Varane to add to their ranks - this is seen as a season in which Solkjaer will have to make the silverware statement and return his club to glory days in view of that fact that, should they fail to win a silverware this season, it will be the longest barren run of trophy the club have witnessed since relegation 47 years ago.



Travelers, Leeds United finished in the top 10 of the Premier League last season as Marcelo Bielsa managed his team to a 9th place finish in their first topflight season since 2004. The Whites were fearless throughout last season and gave every PL top teams a fight in all games with their worst defeat coming against only United at Old Trafford, a game they lost 6-2.



With the acquisition of Junior Firpo, Kristoffer Klasseon alongside Jack Harrison who has come to stay at Elland Road permanently, they are buoyed by some set of footballing talents going into the new season as they look to build on their last season success a give a fight for European football next season. 



Man United's Bruno Fernandes hit the back of the net 18 times last season with 4 of is last 5 goals been the first goal of the day, he should be on course to coast the Red Devils to victory in their first game of the season. Meanwhile, United defense should be warry of the bullish Jack Harisson who has made his stay at Fulham a permanent one.

Injury News and Possible Absentees

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be without the likes of Eric Bailly and Edison Cavani who have been an extended break after their involvement in the Olympics and Copa America respectively, while Marcus Rashford and Phil Jones will miss this game due to different injury problems alongside Jesse Lingard and Dean Henderson who are ill. Rapheal Varane will also miss this game as his deal with the red Devils is yet to be finalised.

For Marcelo Bielsa, he will be without midfielder Adam Forshaw and centre back, Diego Llorente who are out due to Hip and Knee injuries respectively.

Possible Line up

Man United Potential XI: Solskjaer is expected to put United in his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation that will see De Gea in goal, Maguire in control of the defence as Matic and Fred provides shield for the back four while Pogba, Fernandes, and Greenwood provides attacking support for Anthony Martial in the final third.



Leeds United Potential XI: The Spanish tactician will definitely bring out his 3-4-3 formation that will see Meslier in between the sticks  as Ayling, Cooper and Koch will be the three men at the back alongside Firpo, Raphinha and Rodrigo providing support for Patrick Bamford in attack.



This reverse fixture last season at Old Traffford produced an eight goal thriller in a game United dominated from start to finish. Will it be the same story on Saturday? your guess is as good as mine.

This Roses derby will be officiated by Paul Tierney



 

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