Solskjaer expecting to be tested ‘physically and mentally’ against Bielsa’s Leeds

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is expecting Manchester United to be tested ‘physically and mentally’ against Leeds this weekend.

Manchester United travel to Elland Road on Sunday as one of English football’s biggest rivalries is resumed, Leeds having won plenty of admirers following their return to the Premier League this season.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side have impressed with their expansive approach and currently sit in the Premier League’s top half, with Solskjaer expecting a difficult test against a side who have taken four points from clashes with Manchester City and Liverpool in their previous two fixtures.


Solskjaer has discussed the historical rivalry between the two teams ahead of what promises to be a fascinating clash, as the Red Devils target a repeat of their 6-2 win over Leeds in the first meeting.

“Inside the stadium there won’t be any fans unfortunately, but obviously it is important we focus on our game,” said Solskjaer at his pre-match press conference.

“Fans between our clubs always have a rivalry but it has to be healthy, which is important in a period like this.

“We have listened to the fans now (regarding European Super League collapse) and I’m so happy they have been heard. Now let’s go onto the game of football

“That game [against Leeds in December] we started unbelievably well and we scored in the first two attacks. It was never a 6-2 win and I don’t expect the same kind of score line.

“The difference between the teams was not four goals, we were clinical. We know we will be stretched physically and mentally in this game. It is a unique game.”

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