Erik ten Hag’s team beat Crystal Palace 2-1 on Saturday to extend their unbeaten streak. With the win, United moved within three points of rival Manchester City and eight points of table toppers Arsenal.
Indeed, if Manchester United beats Leeds this evening, they will draw level with their city rivals.
The Whites travel west after sacking Jesse Marsch following Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Nottingham Forest.
In turn, Chris Armas, who was Ralf Rangnick’s assistant during the German’s disastrous tenure at United, will take temporary leadership of the Yorkshire club for the Premier League clash.
Armas’ team, who might move up to 14th with a win, may fancy their chances considering that United will be severely weakened.
Injuries to Manchester United
Antony has been ruled out of Manchester United’s match against Leeds, becoming the club’s seventh senior player to be left out of Ten Hag’s squad for the Premier League battle.
During United’s triumph over the Eagles, the Brazilian was pushed into the advertising boards by Palace’s Jeffrey Schlupp and appeared to depart the pitch in difficulty seconds afterward.
Casemiro, Antony’s compatriot, will also be absent after receiving a straight red in the subsequent brawl for placing his hands around Palace midfielder Will Hughes’ neck.
In other news, Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay are still out with injuries.
“They [Martial and McTominay] are not involved tomorrow,” Ten Hag remarked in his pre-match press conference.
“The same goes with Antony dos Santos. He is also unavailable for tomorrow, so we must make other arrangements.”
United will also be without Donny van de Beek, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season, and Christian Eriksen, who is not likely to return until at least late April.
Jack Butland, on loan from Palace, has also been ruled out of the game against Leeds.