Manchester United’s first friendly of the summer takes place against Leeds this Wednesday, kicking off at 4pm.

Last year United began pre-season with a 4-0 win over Liverpool, with manager Erik ten Hag making wholesale changes at half-time.

A similar approach is expected here, with the top priority to give as many minutes as possible to as many players, to start building up match fitness.

Many first team players are unavailable due to international duty in June. They will return to Carrington later this week.

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Manchester United v Leeds

We took a look earlier this week at the strongest XI United may be able to select, however, there were a number of high profile omissions to the travelling squad.

Antony, Donny van de Beek, Anthony Martial and Dean Henderson were all left behind, potentially for fitness reasons, although the goalkeeper is expected to be sold.

This does leave United short in attack, as this breakdown of squad options illustrates.

Goalkeepers: Tom Heaton, Nathan Bishop, Matej Kovar.

Defenders: Alvaro Fernandez, Rhys Bennett, Will Fish, Marc Jurado, Lisandro Martinez, Raphael Varane, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Brandon Williams.

Midfielders: Toby Collyer, Fred, Dan Gore, Hannibal, Isak Hansen-Aaroen, Kobbie Mainoo, Mason Mount, Maxi Oyedele, Charlie Savage.

Forwards: Amad, Noam Emeran, Omari Forson, Joe Hugill, Jadon Sancho, Shola Shoretire.

Predicted Manchester United XI

Antony and Anthony Martial’s absences leaves Erik ten Hag really stretched in attack, especially considering he would like to play two different XIs.

Tom Heaton is expected to start in goal, while Lisandro Martinez, Raphael Varane and Aaron Wan-Bissaka is almost a first choice defence.

Brandon Williams should complete the back four with Alvaro Fernandez getting the nod in the second half.

United’s midfield could see wonderkid Kobbie Mainoo get the nod. The teen, now 18, made his first team debut under Erik ten Hag last season, starting in the Carabao Cup.

He could start alongside Fred and Mason Mount as part of a midfield trio.

The front three is harder to predict, with Jadon Sancho the only senior player available.

There could be a popular call for Amad in attack, who could lead the line or play out on the wing. We predict Hannibal could end up playing as a false nine, a role he has played before, as a temporary measure.

Joe Hugill and Shola Shoretire could get minutes in the second half, while don’t rule out a surprise impact from exciting winger Omari Forson.

Predicted Manchester United XI v Leeds - GRV Media
Predicted Manchester United XI v Leeds – GRV Media

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