Solskjaer's comments show United will be up for the fight against Leeds

Manchester United meet Leeds in the Premier League on Sunday – for the first time since February 2004.

The Whites have been waiting a long, long time to get back to the top flight.

Even Leeds summer signing Rodrigo wasted no time in telling Leeds Live that facing United will be the most ‘special’ match of the season.

And that’s not just for the opportunity to score against international teammate David de Gea.

The trip to Old Trafford is their biggest match of the season. Leeds and fans alike will be pumped up for the game and United will need to be up for the fight.


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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s comments to Amazon Prime after United’s 3-2 win over Sheffield United were telling in that regard.

“Sunday [against Leeds] is a massive game for us,” he said.

“We have been waiting for years to get this game on and we’ll be ready for it.”

Solskjaer played in enough games against Leeds to know what they’re all about and it was great to hear him acknowledge the importance of the match.

Saturday’s Manchester derby fell flat almost from the off and Solskjaer won’t want to see similar sluggishness this weekend.

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Nemanja Matic is one of the few players in United’s ranks who have won the Premier League.

The £40 million (BBC) man also issued a rallying cry after the win at Bramall Lane.

“For us, every game is a final. Every game is the game of our lives for us,” he told the club’s official website.

“I always say if you want to win a title, you have to win five or six consecutive games – then you can drop some points in maybe one or two games. Then you have to win five or six games again to win the league.”

United will need to be up for the fight and these comments are a good sign that Solskjaer will make sure his side are.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.