@[email protected] Manchester United vs Leeds United – Live Stream, TV Channel, Start Time
On the opening weekend of the season, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team welcomes the Whites to Old Trafford, seeking to kick off their campaign with a win as they aim for a serious championship push.
How to Watch
Date: Saturday, August 14
Time: 7:25 a.m. ET
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester, England
TV: NBC Universo
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Solskjaer enters the new season with high hopes after coming second to Manchester City last season, while Leeds finished ninth in its first season back in the Premier League.
For the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure in 2013, the Red Devils have finished in the top four in consecutive seasons, and a bustling summer transfer window may help them ascend again.
United announced a $56.5 million deal to buy Raphael Varane from Real Madrid at the end of July, but he’ll almost certainly miss Saturday’s game because the deal isn’t yet legal.
After completing a $100 million deal from Borussia Dortmund last month, Solskjaer will have much greater aspirations of giving Jadon Sancho his first start.
After completing a long-awaited transfer back to England after four successful years in Germany, captain Harry Maguire is among those anticipating big things from his England teammate:
Leeds hasn’t brought in as many big-name players this summer, but Junior Firpo, who arrived from Barcelona, has a lot of potential at left-back, and Amari Miller, a former Birmingham superstar, is highly rated.
Firpo, on the other hand, is presently recovering from injury and may have to wait until next season to make his Premier League debut, meaning Northern Ireland’s Stuart Dallas may have to step in.
Perhaps their most important transaction was extending Marcelo Bielsa’s contract until 2022, with the club just announcing that the Argentine will head them again this season after his previous contract expired in June.
When these clubs last met at Elland Road in April, Bielsa’s side earned a 0-0 draw, but his side was humiliated 6-2 at Old Trafford last season.
United’s long list of ailments and absences, on the other hand, provides cause for optimism. Marcus Rashford is out for the foreseeable future after shoulder surgery, while Alex Telles is out with an ankle injury, and Edinson Cavani seems certain to miss out after being allowed extra time off to visit family.
Jesse Lingard and Dean Henderson are still recovering from Covid-19 diagnoses, while Eric Bailly and Amad Diallo participated for the Ivory Coast at the Olympics and will not be in contention.
In a tense opener, Solskjaer will rely on a core of Maguire, Paul Pogba, and Bruno Fernandes to motivate his team to victory, as Leeds seek their first victory at Old Trafford since 1981.