It took 16 years of waiting to watch the Roses Derby between Manchester United and Leeds United, two classic rivals in the past. The two teams will clash in Week 14 of the Premier League at Old Trafford, Sunday (20/12) at 23.30 WIB.
2004 was the Roses Derby last game before MU became increasingly with Sir Alex Ferguson and Leedsstruggling in the lower divisions. Their hot rivalry is formed from commodity competition that culminates in a fierce duel in football.
Everything happened in the past but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to revive the rivalry. Solskjaer, who is a MU legend, knows the importance of the Roses Derby and admits that he has been waiting for this match for a long time.
“I can’t wait. It’s been too long (waiting for the Roses Derby). I know how important it is for our supporters and club,” Solskjaer was quoted as saying from Dailymail.
“There were some fiery matches with tackles and players from both teams who won. We fought, of course. Elland Road is not the loneliest place when we get off the coach walking into the stadium, like that is more or less.”
“I enjoyed scoring two goals in the win at Elland Road. Sunday was a big game. We’ve been waiting for years and we’ll be ready for it.”
Solskjaer has been looking forward to how intense the match will be. The reason is that Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds have the intensity to play and trouble big teams with their physical games.
“When you look back at the competition, when I played they were a very good team. Now with Marcelo as a coach, they are an entertaining team to watch, not to analyze because you really have to concentrate and focus on the little details,” added Solskjaer.
“You know what is coming. Tough play, physical play. They sprint the most. You get rotations, technically capable players. You know what you’re going to get, but you can never predict the outcome. ”
“You take one game at a time. It’s the next game we want to win, we know we have to improve our home form to move up to the table.”
Meanwhile, Bielsa praised Solskjaer for being able to overcome the pressure of training a team of MU calibre.
“We (the coaches) are all overlooked and this is a situation when no coach is excluded. It increases or decreases depending on the success of the team. It’s part of the job,” added Bielsa.
“Of course, Solskjaer has handled very well this aspect of which we have just spoken.”
Regarding statistics, Manchester United have never lost in 15 league home games against Leeds, but that has all happened in the past and the game will be different.
Manchester United (4-2-3-1): David De Gea; Alex Telles, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Aaron Wan-Bissaka; Fred, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood; Anthony Martial
Manager: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Leeds United (4-5-1): Illan Meslier; Ezgjan Alioski, Liam Cooper, Luke Ayling, Stuart Dallas; Jack Harrison, Mateusz Klich, Kalvin Phillips, Rodrigo, Raphinha; Patrick Bamford
Manager: Marcelo Bielsa
Prediction: MU 55-45 Leeds United
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