Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has opened up on his decision to pick Daniel James over Mason Greenwood for Sunday’s clash with Leeds. The Wales international has been missing since the 4-1 Champions League win over Istanbul Basaksehir at the end of November. But he’ll now get a chance to light up Old Trafford.
United have made some big calls for their match against Leeds.
David De Gea gets the nod over Dean Henderson, who struggled during Thursday night’s 3-2 victory over Sheffield United.
At the back, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw have all been selected.
United have opted to go with a midfield trident of Fred, Scott McTominay and Bruno Fernandes for the showdown at Old Trafford.
And James will be unleashed from the start alongside Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial as the Red Devils look to continue their charge towards the Premier League title.
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Solskjaer, in his pre-match press conference, admitted he used to relish playing against Leeds when he was involved as a member of Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad.
“Yeah, many,” he said when asked if he had any fond memories of the fixture.
“I enjoyed scoring two goals in a win at Elland Road. I enjoyed a header at the back stick, when I’d come on as a sub and it was a cross from Giggsy, I think.
“I headed it back to the other side of the post. It was two good teams back in the day and I have to say I liked the build-up to the games. The quality they had tested us as a team as well. Loads of good memories.”
Solskjaer also insisted that United’s topsy-turvy home form wasn’t down to a ‘mental issue’.
“I don’t think it’s a mental issue,” he said.
“There can’t be no fans here and no fans there, so they should be used to the pitch as well, in the circumstances surrounding it and the environment.
“So, sometimes, it’s just down to fine margins – who gets the first goal and how the opposition set up.
“Today, against Sheffield United, you’ve got two teams who want to play on the front foot, press and go forward, which creates space for us.
“Space for them, to be fair. I think on Sunday we’ll also play a team who make it a hard game for you and also maybe an open game because the games I’ve seen from Leeds have been very entertaining.”