By Mark Smith

20th Dec, 2020 | 10:30am

Andy Hughes: Leeds have 'free swing' at OT, admits 'huge difference' Man United have

Andy Hughes has claimed that Leeds United have a “free swing” against Manchester United at Old Trafford this afternoon.

The Whites travel across the Pennines for the first time since that famous FA Cup victory, and the first time in the Premier League for over 15 years.

The former Elland Road hero claimed that the pace of the Red Devils attack could make a “huge difference” and that Leeds must be careful against the likes of Marcus Rashford.

Speaking on LUTV, Hughes claimed that the Whites will have control of the game, but they have to make it count at Old Trafford.

“Ultimately, the way Man United are playing, I think it’s a totally free swing,” he said.

“I think like Liverpool, get after them, and press them like we did at Liverpool and who knows what could happen? For me, tactically, the pace is going to play such a huge difference, especially the top three for Man United when you’ve got Rashford making his runs.

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“The way we play with Bamford, I think we will have more possession, but we’ve just got to make that count.”

There is no doubting that Manchester United have the pace advantage.

On the counter-attack, this could make a massive difference. In the defeat against Chelsea, the likes of Timo Werner wreaked havoc against the likes of Ezgjan Alioski.

The likes of Rashford and Anthony Martial could play huge roles, meaning that Kalvin Phillips and the defence must be at the top of their game to prevent any success through that manner.

Looking at their latest win against Sheffield United, their goals came from balls into space behind the Blades defence – something the Whites must prevent the likes of Paul Pogba doing.

Stop the creativity immediately at source, and the home side won’t have the chance to exploit the pace difference – easier said than done.

In other Leeds United news, Kalvin Phillips shares message passed around squad ahead of Old Trafford trip on Sunday

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