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Even though it’s only December, it seems Manchester United have endured a nightmare campaign, with only one league win at home all season and given that they are already out of the Champions League.
Yet amid all the speculation about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future at the club, his side is undefeated in six league games and sat just one point out of the top four with a match in hand heading into the round of matches this weekend.
Sunday’s clash with rivals Leeds represents an excellent opportunity for the Red Devils to clinch back-to-back Premier League victories following their midweek win over Sheffield United, and here is the starting XI Solskjaer should play to get the job done.
David de Gea (GK) – The Spaniard has received more criticism than his due this season and was pulled for the trip to Bramall Lane on Thursday. However, with Rep. Dean Henderson guilty of the Blades’ first game, De Gea appears ready to return to the starting lineup.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB) – Aside from the opening day loss to Crystal Palace, Wan Bissaka has played the full 90 minutes in all of United’s league games this season. His defensive talent will be key if Solskjaer’s men want to nullify Leeds’ threat from wide areas.
Victor Lindelof (CB): It seems to be the established choice alongside Harry Maguire in central defender. He only missed one league game all season as United fell 6-1 at home to Tottenham; since then, he has been present in the league’s starting XI.
Harry Maguire (CB) – After a turbulent couple of months off the field that seemed to affect his performance on the field, the United captain appears to be regaining his balance and will have to be in his prime to keep Patrick Bamford calm.
Alex Telles (LB) – After a stuttering start to his career at Old Trafford caused by injury and a period of self-isolation, the former Porto player is beginning to establish himself in England and provides a different kind of threat to Luke Shaw on the left.
Paul Pogba (CM) – How do you solve a problem like Pogba’s? Well, facing him early on and watching him produce majestic passes like he did against Sheffield United is a good start. The Frenchman looked good on Bramall Lane and should keep his spot.
Fred (CM) – Solskjaer has looked to rotate his midfield three in recent weeks with the hectic Christmas schedule upon us, and having lost the midweek win over the Blades, the Brazilian should return.
Bruno Fernandes (AM) – Well, we say that Solskjaer has rotated his midfield, but this man is almost always present. The Portuguese genius has been absent from just one Premier League starting XI for United this season, and even then was called up at half-time against West Ham to come rescue his team.
Mason Greenwood (RW) – Having been almost unstoppable after Project Restart earlier this year, the youngster has suffered a slight drop in form but remains one of United’s biggest threats going forward.
Anthony Martial (ST) – Another man who has struggled a bit this season. The Frenchman finally opened his league account for the season midweek and Solskjaer will need him to continue if United are to keep up with those ahead.
Marcus Rashford (LW) – The England international has been leading United’s front row this season. Five goals and five assists in his 12 Premier League games tell him how important he is to United right now.