Erik ten Hag is open to playing Marcus Rashford up front after the Manchester United forward scored his second goal in as many games.
Ten Hag curiously started Rashford on the right wing against Leeds but shifted him to the opposite flank early in the second half with United behind 1-0.
Leeds took a 2-0 lead in the 48th minute thanks to an own goal by Raphael Varane, and United striker Wout Weghorst was replaced in the 59th minute by Jadon Sancho. Sancho started on the left, while Rashford drifted inside and scored his 20th goal of the season three minutes later from a Diogo Dalot pass.
Anthony Martial missed United’s 21st game out of 35 this season in the tie with Leeds, and Weghorst has only one goal in seven appearances. With Sancho back in the team, Rashford could replace Weghorst as the No.9 against Leeds on Sunday at Elland Road.
“It’s difficult to analyze, but I think it’s different for the opponent when we make that move,” Ten Hag remarked. “The opponent finds it tough since the dynamic shifts. The defenders are in a given position, anticipating a specific attack, and then everything changes.
“When we came there, we brought not only Rashford but also Sancho and Pellistri. And that affects the game, just like it did on Saturday. And I believe that situation benefits us.”