GOOD AFTERNOON FROM OLD TRAFFORD
Welcome to our live coverage of one of the most eagerly-awaited fixtures of this Premier League season.
A rivalry renewed, it’s a game 16-years in the making: It’s Lancashire versus Yorkshire. It’s Red versus White. It’s Bobby Charlton versus Jack Charlton. It’s Manchester United versus Leeds United.
Two of the fiercest enemies in English football meet on a level playing field for the first time since 2004, and both come into this one off the back of important midweek wins.
Manchester United did it the hard way again on Thursday, coming from behind on the road to beat bottom-of-the-table Sheffield United for a tenth consecutive away victory.
But their form at Old Trafford hasn’t been nearly as impressive. They have won just one of their last eight at home in the Premier League, and have scored only six goals in that period.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are clearly missing the presence of 70,000 Reds in the stands, and the lack of supporters for this reuniting of the Uniteds does dampen the occasion slightly.
It means Leeds cross the Pennines without their vocal backing of yesteryear, but they do travel with revived confidence.
The Whites were irresistible on Wednesday night as they demolished Newcastle 5-2 at Elland Road, banishing the memories of back-to-back defeats by West Ham and Chelsea.
Marcelo Bielsa has the same squad to choose from this afternoon, and that includes Patrick Bamford, who took his tally to nine for the season with the equaliser against the Magpies.
Meanwhile, Solskjaer must decide whether to recall David de Gea after stand-in goalkeeper Dean Henderson made errors of judgement at Bramall Lane.
We’ll bring you confirmation of the two teams shortly with kick-off to follow at 4.30pm.