Manchester United vs Leeds confirmed line-ups: Team news ahead of Premier League fixture tonight
Manchester United host Leeds United in the first of two consecutive Premier League outings as they look to close the gap on league leaders Arsenal.
Erik ten Hag’s men can draw level on points with second placed Manchester City if they continue their 13-match winning run at home and defeat the Whites at Old Trafford tonight.
Leeds head into the match having won just two of their last 17 league games and none since the end of the World Cup break. They sit 17th in the table and are avoiding the relegation zone on goal difference only.
That terrible run resulted in manager Jesse Marsch getting sacked on Monday with his assistant coaches taking charge of the team for tonight’s game.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League fixture:
When is the match?
Manchester United face Leeds on Wednesday 8 February, with kick off at 8pm GMT.
How can I follow the game?
The fixture won’t be shown live on TV in the UK, but you can follow The Independent’s live blog coverage for all the build-up and match action from 6pm.
Man Utd XI: De Gea, Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Shaw, Fred, Sabitzer, Garnacho, Fernandes, Rashford, Weghorst
Leeds XI: Meslier, Ayling, Koch, Wober, Struijk, Adams, McKennie, Sinisterra, Harrison, Gnonto, Bamford
Why is Manchester United vs Leeds not on TV?
The match was not scheduled to be on TV before it was postponed and therefore is unable to be shown now, even though it has been rescheduled.
Manchester United vs Leeds United was originally meant to be played on Saturday 17 September at 3pm but was then moved to Sunday 18 September due to the Old Trafford club’s involvement in the Europa League.
The match was then postponed following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. All fixtures scheduled on the weekend of 10-11 September were postponed, with a further three also called off the following weekend due to policing issues - including Manchester United vs Leeds United. It is a category one fixture for the police, so it required additional policing that was unavailable due to the Queen’s funeral taking place that weekend.
A new date of Wednesday 8 February was eventually confirmed after both Manchester United and Leeds United advanced to the fifth round of the FA Cup without requiring a replay. However, as the match was not selected by either Sky Sports or BT Sport on its initial date, it is unable to be shown on Wednesday.
Manchester United: 4/9
Manchester United have won their last 13 matches at home and take on a Leeds side in poor form. Casemiro’s absence will be a big miss but Erik ten Hag’s men should have enough quality to overcome Leeds tonight. Manchester United 2-0 Leeds.