What is better than one clash between Leeds and Manchester United in a week? Two meetings between Leeds and Manchester United.
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Rather Familiar Foes
After saying goodbye to Jesse Marsch in the week, the search for a new Leeds manager continues. Can they name a replacement before Sunday?
The Search Continues
Although Leeds are yet to name a successor to Jesse Marsch, there was still an element of bounce to be found at Old Trafford in midweek. One that propelled the Elland Road men into a 2-0 lead.
A first-minute strike from Wilfred Gnonto and a subsequent own goal from Raphael Varane set the tempo on Wednesday night and at one point, the shock was very much on. That was until a spirited comeback from Manchester United was engineered.
With a two-goal deficit to claw back, Erik ten Hag removed the shackles that were impeding his players, and once unleashed, a pair of quickfire goals from Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho meant parity was restored.
The points shared in Manchester and arguably a better one for the visiting United. A point that also saw Leeds move a position up the Premier League table. However, for all that optimism, this is still the side with the longest run without a win at present.
Eight games and counting and although they have drawn four of their last six encounters, a failure to kill teams off has ultimately been their undoing and Wednesday night would have been the ideal example of that.
While it was the failure to kill teams off that killed off Jesse Marsch in a managerial sense and with Rayo Vallecano’s Andoni Iraola being blocked by his higher-ups, a switch for the Spaniard to Elland Road looks unlikely.
By the same token, you have to ask whether a win on Sunday is unlikely. Will Leeds be galvanised by the point that they picked up or will they be deflated after displaying the naivety that threw away a 2-0 lead on the road.
Of course, Manchester United’s own naivety was on show to start with and although the draw keeps them third in the table, there is certainly a sense of two points dropped. Especially as the race for the Champions League places is increasing in temperature.
After playing a game more than Newcastle, the Magpies could swallow them up if they eventually win theirs in hand. Add a Tottenham side who are starting to turn the corner and the race for third and fourth is certainly all to play for.
With that in mind, our latest bet builder is now up for grabs, and it looks like this:
- Manchester United win or draw
- Wilfred Gnonto to score anytime
- Under 4 total goals
For my latest bet builder offering, the spotlight is being shown on Wilfred Gnonto and after finding the net against Manchester United in midweek, I am backing him to achieve the same feat on Sunday.
However, just like on Wednesday, his goal will not be enough to lead Leeds to victory and this is why I have opted for Manchester United in the double chance. Add no more than three total goals and this one is priced at a rather tempting 18/1.
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