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WAR OF THE ROSES: Manchester United visit Elland Road

 

Leeds United return to league action on Sunday in a War of the Roses clash against in-form Manchester United.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side drew 1-1 with Liverpool earlier in the week and now prepare to take on another one of the sides involved in the European Super League chaos.

Events on the pitch have taken a backseat this week as football tried to wrestle with proposals from the ‘big six’ for a breakaway league.

Fans, players and managers alike condemned the plans, which have been abruptly stopped in their tracks for the time being.

 

Repeat or Revenge?

 

Both managers will now be hoping that attention can return to the football pitch and not the events off it.

The reverse fixture saw Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side run out 6-2 winners at Old Trafford in December, as Scott McTominay struck twice inside the opening three minutes.

After limping off against Manchester City, midfielder Raphinha missed out against Liverpool and is hoping to return to the match day squad at the weekend.

 

Players Motivated

 

Although the match will again take place behind closed doors, the significance of the War of the Roses style clash is not lost on the players.

Manchester United midfielder Fred told the clubs website: “It's an English football Clasico.

“The fans are excited about this game, as are we of course. We haven't had a midweek game this week, so the anticipation for the next game increases and it's a derby game against a massive rival.

“It'll be a really tough game but we'll be preparing well for it this week.”


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