Stan Collymore predicts outcome of Leeds United clash v Manchester United in Premier League
Stan Collymore believes the Elland Road crowd can roar Leeds United on to claim another result against Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday (12 February).
The Whites face United for the second time in a week after picking up a 2-2 draw away at Old Trafford on Wednesday (8 February) – the club’s first game since the sacking of Jesse Marsch.
Making his prediction in his column for CaughtOffside, Collymore suggested the Leeds players would be hungry to claim another shock result with a new manager potentially watching the game, predicting the match would end with honours even.
He said: “Obviously Man United are heading to Elland Road on Sunday. It’s unusual to play the same team back-to-back, but after getting a 2-2 result on Wednesday at Old Trafford, Leeds will feel a lot more confident that they can take at least another point again next time out.
“The crowd will play a huge part too. I think if they can get in United’s faces again and use their physicality, Leeds’ players, who will be desperate to impress whoever their next manager is going to be, could definitely get another draw.”
Keep Rashford quiet
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Leeds certainly looked to be back to their best against United earlier this week, with their attacking play seeming to click a lot easier than it had been under Marsch.
However, if the Whites are to claim a result in front of the home crowd, they must keep the bang-in-form Marcus Rashford quiet for the duration of the 90 minutes.
Since the Qatar World Cup, the United forward has been arguably the best player in the world, and the likes of Max Wober and Robin Koch will have to be at their very best to stifle his creativity and blistering pace.
The Austrian has certainly looked to be a shrewd acquisition since moving to Elland Road in the January transfer window and has highlighted his leadership skills from the heart of Leeds’ defence.
The defender has adapted to the ferocious physicality of the Premier League with ease but will need to be at his very best to limit Rashford on Sunday.
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