Nemanja Matic highlights advantage of rare Manchester United preparation for Leeds United clash

NEMANJA Matic says Manchester United have enjoyed a preparation not experienced for 20 months ahead of Sunday's clash at Leeds United.

Sunday, 25th April 2021, 10:33 am
Updated Sunday, 25th April 2021, 10:36 am

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side will take on Leeds in Sunday's 2pm kick-off in which the Red Devils are looking to secure a league double against the Whites following a 6-2 victory at Old Trafford in December.

Both sides are approaching the fixture in fine form as Marcelo Bielsa's Whites are now unbeaten in their last five games following Monday night's 1-1 draw at home to last season's champions Liverpool.

The Red Devils have won their last five in league and cup - and Serbian international Matic has also highlighted the advantages of a rare 'week off' approaching Sunday's Roses rivals clash at Elland Road.

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FEELING FRESH: Says Manchester United's Serbian international Nemanja Matic, above, ahead of Sunday's clash against Leeds United at Elland Road. Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images.

"We've had all week to train and to prepare," Matic told ManUtd.com.

"The players look fresh. We are ready, well-prepared and happy that we have one more game to play against Leeds to show our qualities.

”We were just shown one interesting detail before training; since August 2019, we haven't had seven days to prepare for the game, we've always played mid-week.

"So it was nice to get fresh. It's a big game.

"We all know what this means for our supporters, and of course for their supporters. It's going to be very interesting to watch that. We go there to fight for three points.”

Reflecting on December's 6-2 victory against the Whites at Old Trafford, Matic said: "Our last game, it was eight goals in that game, so we expect an interesting game again.

“Of course we respect them a lot, we know that they are a good team, with a great manager, that they are also a big club.

"It's going to be very interesting for supporters and for us.”

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Thank you Laura Collins