Leeds vs Man United
A historic rivalry will be renewed on Sunday as Leeds United take on Manchester United.
In the grand scheme of things, the clash is actually of little importance to either side.
Manchester United are currently sat a full 11 points clear of 5th place with just six more ties to play out, meaning they have already all but confirmed their spot in next season’s Champions League.
The Red Devils also have a Europa League semi-final clash with Roma this coming Thursday, meaning Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could opt to field a slightly weaker side on Sunday.
Leeds, meanwhile, are sat 10th in the league with very little left to play for this term.
Both outfits, though, will no doubt be keen to get one over on their bitter rivals on Sunday – especially Leeds who shipped six to United in their previous meeting back in December.
Solskjaer on Super League & Marcus Rashford
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would hold his pre-Leeds press conference on Friday afternoon.
During the presser the Norwegian was obviously quizzed on the European Super League, which United joined and left within a few days.
And Solskjaer himself has now stated that he didn’t like the concept of a Super League, reiterating the stance that earning spots needs to be done on sporting merit:
“”First of all, I’m very happy the fans have voiced their opinion and that we’ve listened to them. In a strange sort of way, it’s brought the football pyramid and community together and I think that’s important, and I’m very happy.
“I’m a supporter myself, and there’ll be a day when I come back and watch Man United and I wanna watch a Man United team with a fear of failure.
“I didn’t like the (Super League) concept anyway, it has to be on sporting merit, I wanna earn the right to play in Europe, we know we’ve been pioneers and we’ve been in Europe for many, many years, with the Busby Babes, we want to be part of a successful European campaign again.
“One of my best nights was something we worked really hard towards. To get to that, that fear of failure, you can’t be given it because your name is such and such, you have to earn the right to be there. “And I’ve always felt and believed in stepping out of your comfort zone, being afraid of failure. That spurs you on, living on the edge a little bit, and that wasn’t part of this.
“And, for me, I’m very happy all of the clubs that have admitted their mistake this was a bad idea and the way it came out as well. Just when we’re talking about getting fans back into the stadium, we get this.”
Manchester United’s English striker Marcus Rashford reacts during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on March 7, 2021. (Photo by PETER POWELL / POOL / AFP)
Solskjaer also provided updates on Eric Bailly and Manchester United on Friday:
“Yes Eric is back and has been training this week. It’s been a good week.”
“Marcus hasn’t trained but I hope that he will join us tomorrow. Apart from that everyone – of course Anthony is injured still – has had a couple of days of recovery and a week of preparation and training.”
Quotes via Manchester Evening News.