Mark Lawrenson predicts Leeds United to lose to rivals Manchester United in a tight affair at Elland Road on Sunday.

The Whites were beaten 6-2 by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in December but Lawrenson thinks Leeds’ good run of form will give them momentum coming into the match.

He also identifies points won against Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool in recent games as a reason why Leeds will be a tough opponent for Man United.

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However, the Red Devils have won five in a row and Lawrenson says the threat of Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood will be enough to give them all three points on Sunday.

In his BBC predictions, he said, “Manchester United smashed Leeds 6-2 at Old Trafford earlier in the season, but I think it will be much closer this time.

“Leeds have gone five games unbeaten, and have taken points off teams like Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool in that time, but Manchester United are on a good run themselves, with five straight wins in all competitions.

“Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani are both looking dangerous in attack and, defensively, I think Manchester United will deal with Leeds better than Liverpool did on Monday. They should edge it.”

Payback time 

Leeds were humiliated at Old Trafford in our previous encounter and that sparked a lot of criticism from pundits, particularly Jason Cundy.

He has frequently criticised our defence [talkSPORT] because we conceded six in one match, and because of that the players should be determined to prove that was a rare occurrence.

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Diego Llorente’s presence in this match should be important, as we have conceded seven goals in ten matches since he came into the side.

Lawrenson is right to point out our recent good performances against Manchester City and Liverpool.

In both matches we got our tactics spot on and were difficult to beat.

We should cause problems for Man United, therefore, even if they do boast the second best away record in the division.

The fact this is a derby match should provide extra motivation for our lads too, and that is something Lawrenson has overlooked in his prediction.

We agree it will be a tight affair, but predict a memorable day out as we beat them for the first time in the Premier League since 2002.

In other Leeds United news, Emma Jones and Patrick Bamford celebrated a major Leeds development on Thursday.


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