Man Utd MUN Fernandes (30', 54', 60'), Greenwood (52'), Fred (68')
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Premier League Gameweek 1
Aug 14, 2021 KO: 11:30

Man Utd - Leeds Utd

Old Trafford Manchester
Referee: Paul Tierney
Fernandes 30'  
  48' Ayling
Greenwood 52'  
Fernandes 54'  
Fernandes 60'  
Fred 68'  

Match preview

Sancho’s Premier League debut – How Manchester United could line up against Leeds United

Manchester United’s major summer signing could make his Premier League debut on opening day.

Jadon Sancho is in line to make his Premier League debut for Manchester United when the Red Devils take on Leeds United in the season opener at Old Trafford on Saturday, though it could be from the bench.

The big money signing from Borussia Dortmund has made the long-awaited return to England after coming through the academy at Manchester City, and could get his first taste of Premier League football.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still has a dilemma in goal this season, but his choice will be easy for this match with Dean Henderson’s recent bout of COVID-19 meaning David De Gea will start.

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Luke Shaw had a fantastic Euros for England and should start at left-back with Aaron Wan-Bissaka on the right, and Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof in the middle while the Red Devils work to confirm a deal for Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane.

Solskjaer will likely stick with the 4-2-3-1 formation that he used through most of last season, with Fred and Scott McTominay occupying the two holding roles.

Jesse Lingard contracted COVID-19 last week and will be unavailable in the attacking midfield positions, as will Marcus Rashford as he recovers from shoulder surgery.

As for Sancho, the new No.25 has only trained for a week and is unlikely to be ready to start, but can certainly be expected to play some part in the fixture.

That leaves United’s attacking midfield options quite self-explanatory. Bruno Fernandes is likely to start through the middle, with Paul Pogba continuing in the left-sided role that brought him success last season, while Mason Greenwood should start on the right.

Edinson Cavani is still on an extended break after plying for Uruguay in the Copa America over the summer, so that leaves Anthony Martial to start up front.

The Frenchman is reportedly in the shop window, but a positive performance could give him confidence and prove to the United hierarchy that he belongs in the side.

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Man Utd
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  Average Match Rating  
6.7
  Home  
7.1
6.6
  Away  
6.9
6.6
  Total  
7.0

Match statistics

Man Utd
Statistics
Leeds Utd
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
11
11
Draws
4
3
Losses
5
6
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
36
32
Goals Per Game
1.80
1.60
More > 2.5 Goals
10
11
More > 3 Goals
7
5
Scored First in a Match
11
10
Scored Both Halves
6
9
Won More > 1 Goal
7
7
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
22
20
Did Not Score
2
6
Both Teams Scored
13
10
Kept Clean Sheet
7
6
Won Without Conceding
5
4
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
727
634
Possession
56
54
Passes
538
439
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
13
13
Shots on Target
4.65
5.20
Goals out of Shots
0.15
0.17
Crosses
16
18
Offsides
2.15
2.13
Penalties
0.25
0.05
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.35
0.30
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
16
17
Interceptions
11
11
Own Goals
0.05
0.05
Aerials Won
12
14
Total Shots Conceded
12
15
Shots on Target Conceded
4.26
4.95
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.10
0.07
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
12
12
Yellow Cards
2.00
1.80
Red Cards
0.00
0.05

Injuries

  1. Hip/Thigh Injury image description
  2. Muscle Strain image description
  3. Knee Injury image description
  4. COVID-19 image description
  5. Unknown image description
  6. Ankle/Foot Injury image description
  7. Unknown image description
  8. Shoulder Injury image description
  9. COVID-19 image description