Monday, 19 September 2011

Match Preview: Leeds United v Man United

Leeds United defender Patrick Kisnorbo serves a one-match ban following his sending off against Bristol City.Manager Simon Grayson may rotate his side given that they play Brighton in the Championship on Friday.Manchester United are set to play a host of youngsters such as Paul Pogba and Will Keane.
Experienced strikers Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen are expected to feature, but Chris Smalling has been ruled out with a groin injury.Manchester United travel across the Pennines with revenge against bitter rivals Leeds at the forefront of their minds.Embarrassing defeats have been thin on the ground during Sir Alex Ferguson's near 25-year tenure as Manchester United boss, but the 1-0 home defeat by Leeds in the FA Cup third round 18 months ago left a sour taste for him and Red Devils' fans.
Jermaine Beckford wrote his name into Elland Road folklore with the only goal in that game, and Leeds boss Simon Grayson has a squad of players desperate to get the chance to do something similar on Tuesday night.
Grayson would dearly love this fixture to be played twice a season in the Premier League and while his focus is solely on promotion to the top flight, he knows how much another victory over Manchester United would mean to every single Leeds fan.

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