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8/2/2023 | 05:15pm
Manchester United head into the first match of this week’s Leeds United double-header looking to secure a 14th consecutive win on home soil, with the club continuing their impressive resurgence under Erik ten Hag.
That lengthy winning run at Old Trafford was maintained as a result of the hard-fought triumph over Crystal Palace at the weekend, with the Red Devils fending off a late fightback from Patrick Vieira’s side – following Casemiro’s rather needless dismissal – to clinch a vital 2-1 victory.
The subsequent loss of the influential Brazilian to a three-game suspension has left the former Ajax boss with something of a selection headache, with the Dutchman also facing a mounting injury list with Anthony Martial, Scott McTominay and Antony all set to be absent this evening – alongside Christian Eriksen.
With that in mind, here’s how Football FanCast predicts that United will line up against their managerless rivals this evening…
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As mentioned above, the growing list of absentees could ensure that Ten Hag is forced into a handful of changes from the side that won at the weekend, hence our prediction that the 53-year-old will make three alterations for tonight’s intriguing clash.
Despite the recent return of Diogo Dalot from injury, the expectation would be that the defensive unit will remain the same for the visit of the Yorkshire side, with Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez set to be the leading figures in the backline once again.
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The most notable tweaks could lie in midfield, with the absence of McTominay, Eriksen and Casemiro…