Manchester Utd vs Leeds Premier League LIVE Football Score 14 Aug 2021
ABOUT THE MATCH
Manchester United is going head to head with Leeds United starting on 14 Aug 2021 at 11:30 UTC at Old Trafford stadium, Manchester city, England. The match is a part of the Premier League.
between Leeds United and Manchester United, sometimes nicknamed the Roses rivalry or the Pennines derby, is a footballing rivalry played between the Northern English clubs Leeds United and Manchester United. The rivalry originates from the strong enmity between the historic counties of Lancashire and Yorkshire, which is popularly believed to have its origins in the Wars of the Roses of the 15th century. Although the cities of Leeds
and Manchester lie over 40 miles (64 km) apart, the tradition is upheld and this strong feeling can still be seen between the two clubs. Independent research by the Football Fans Census has shown that, within English football, both Leeds and Manchester United are ranked within the top three clubs based on the number of clubs that consider them to be their rivals
In the past, rivalry between the two clubs has gone beyond the action on the field at Old Trafford and Elland Road. Hostility became more intense over the years and during the 1970s, when British football hooliganism was at its height, fights between the Leeds United Service Crew and Manchester United’s Red Army, two of the most notorious hooligan firms in Britain, were commonplace and became known as some of the most violent clashes in British football] Many people were injured in these encounters but violence between fans of the clubs has
declined sharply since the 1970s for a number of reasons, mainly due to the general reduction in hooliganism. As recently as January 2010, prior to the two clubs meeting in the FA Cup 3rd round, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson described the matches as “fantastic, feisty occasions” with an “electric” atmosphere. The rivalry has also been labelled by The Daily Telegraph as “English football’s most intense – and inexplicable – rivalry”.
These encounters have been particularly scarce since 1982, the year that Leeds were relegated to the Second Division. Hooliganism was still rife among fans of English league clubs at this stage, and by the time Leeds returned to the top flight in 1990 the problem was less severe and has remained a lesser problem since. The rivalry and the hooliganism have been effectively curtailed since 2004, when Leeds were relegated from the Premier League. The teams met only twice between 2004 and 2020, and while polling showed Leeds fans still considered
Manchester United to be their main rivals, Manchester United fans considered Liverpool to be their main rivals, followed by Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal. The rivalry was renewed in the 2020–21 Premier League season, following Leeds United’s promotion after winning the 2019–20 EFL Championship, with the sides’ first encounter thereafter ending 6–2 to Manchester United] In terms of trophies won, the rivalry has been heavily in favour of Manchester United, who have won an English record 66 trophies to Leeds United’s 9
Manchester United have a high-profile opening fixture this weekend as the new Premier League season starts, with Leeds United set to visit Old Trafford. The final score when the two teams last met in Manchester was 6-2 to United, in a contest which featured 43 shots on the two goals.
It was very much end to end for 90 minutes but when the two rivals met four months later in April, Marcelo Bielsa appeared to learn from the past, with Leeds securing a 0-0 draw in a decidedly less entertaining affair. United went from taking 26 shots at home to 16 away, despite having more possession of the ball; Leeds proved to be reluctant to attack to avoid a repeat of the last meeting.
Bielsa’s men amassed just six shots in the 0-0 draw – which was their second-lowest total for the season – but their defensive activity seemed to double. Leeds are known for their aggressive approach without the ball, with a total of 144 pressures made in the 6-2 loss at Old Trafford. That notably changed in the game at Elland Road, with 276 pressures logged – a season high for Bielsa’s outfit.
Leeds attacked less, kept more men behind the ball, allowed United to have more possession and pressured them a lot more than before, and Solskjaer’s players failed to deliver victory. Jadon Sancho’s availability for the opening game remains to be seen, but the new man could prove to be highly effective against such an approach given his creative quality alongside his dribbling ability.
The English forward ranked sixth overall in the Bundesliga last season for key passes – with a key pass defined as one that directly leads to a shot – and he also placed second in the division for completed dribbles. Sancho is tricky enough to escape difficult pressure situations, and he’s able to offer a key to the door when his teammates are struggling to find a way through, meaning he could be a difference maker if Bielsa arrives with the same strategy as last time. Solskjaer will hope that his main summer signing is able to feature as a substitute at the very least on Saturday afternoon, as he could be integral to United kicking the season off with a winning start.