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Premier League: 3 Things to Look Forward to as Manchester United Host Leeds United

Man United take on Leeds in their first game of the new season
Man United take on Leeds in their first game of the new season / Phil Noble - Pool/Getty Images

Manchester United will host Leeds United in their first Premier League game of the season and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping his side get off a roaring start.

The Red Devils brought in Jadon Sancho after months of speculation and are close to signing Raphael Varane from Real Madrid. Last season saw United fall short of beating Manchester City to the Premier League, and Solskjaer will be hoping a win on Saturday will kickstart his side's campaign in the right way.

Leeds, meanwhile, have had a busy summer of their own, bringing in several players, at both the senior and youth levels. The Whites finished ninth last season and will be looking to better their league position and get closer to the European spots.

Here are 3 things to look forward to as United host Leeds at Old Trafford.

3. United missing key players

Jadon Sancho
Sancho could make his debut for United / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images

Solskjaer is without as many as eight first-team players against Leeds. Marcus Rashford is sidelined for a couple of months after undergoing shoulder surgery, while Edinson Cavani is on extended leave following his involvement in Copa America. The remaining absentees are Dean Henderson, Alex Telles, Phil Jones, Eric Bailly, and Jesse Lingard, while Raphael Varane is unavailable as his signing is yet to be formally completed. Jadon Sancho could make his debut but it's highly unlikely that he would start.

2. Bielsa's young guns raring to go

Marcelo Bielsa
Marcelo Bielsa will be aiming to finish higher this season / Pool/Getty Images

Last season, Bielsa's side were only six points off the Europa League positions, meanwhile, which is so impressive for a promoted team. They lost just one of their last 11 matches and won their final four to rise into the top half, and expectations will be high this term, especially with fans back in the stadium. The Whites come into the weekend's clash on the back of a 2-2 draw with Villarreal in pre-season.

1. New sponsors, new fortunes?

Mason Greenwood
United have a new jersey sponsor / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

United changed their shirt sponsors to Team Viewer this season, but will a new sponsor inspire the Red Devils to challenge for the league title? United lost their first Premier League match last season, losing 3-1 at Old Trafford to Crystal Palace, and Solskjaer will be hoping to avoid a repeat. United finished last season without any silverware, but they made the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, semi-finals of the EFL Cup, and final of the Europa League.