Leeds get boost as Edinson Cavani ruled out of clash v Manchester United
Manchester United have confirmed that Edinson Cavani and Tom Heaton would be unavailable for Sunday’s clash at Leeds.
The two teams will meet in Yorkshire in front of a sold-out crowd for the first time since Leeds’ promotion back to the top division, with Marcelo Bielsa’s side battling against relegation.
They currently sit in 15th place in the Premier League, six points above the drop zone but have a horror run of fixtures. So news that Uruguayan striker Cavani will be missing [Man Utd website] is a massive positive for the Whites.
Cavani has been a regular starter under Ralf Rangnick this season when he’s been available, but he’s suffered with injury problems all season.
It means Leeds can now plan for Cristiano Ronaldo starting upfront as the lone striker, making their preparation a little bit easier ahead of a huge game.
Cavani is widely considered as one of the best goalscorers of his generation, so it’s only a positive thing for Leeds that he won’t be playing.
Even when he hasn’t started, he has shown a propensity to affect games from the bench as he grabbed the assist in the 95th minute of the team’s win over West Ham recently.
Leeds like to play their high-intensity pressing game and without his relentless running from attack, it means they’re less likely to be pressed themselves.
It also means that with United having played in midweek, it will be tougher for Rangnick to rotate the team which could also play into the favour of the Whites.
Bielsa knows that the crowd will be a huge influence on the game, but any extra boosts they get in terms of team news will be greatly welcomed.