'Time to strike': Michael Bridges says Leeds can benefit from Manchester United chaos

Brian Heffernan April 22, 2021
'Time to strike': Michael Bridges says Leeds can benefit from Manchester United chaos
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Michael Bridges says now is the perfect time for Leeds United to face Manchester United after recent chaos surrounding the European Super League, speaking on Optus Sport.

Leeds are in great form, winning three of their past five Premier League matches and remaining unbeaten in all of them.

However, any Leeds match against Manchester United always comes with the added pressure of trying to get one over arch rivals.

But Bridges, who made 56 appearances for Leeds scoring 19 goals, feels the chaos surrounding the Super League makes it the perfect time to face Manchester United.

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Bridges: ‘Got to get up’

Bridges said: “When you’re going up against one of your arch rivals you’ve got to get up for this game.

“The 48 hours (Manchester) United have had with this Super League talk, Woodward resigning and all the rest of it. The club is in chaos behind the scenes. The fans aren’t happy with what’s going on.

“It’s the perfect time to strike for Leeds United to get the result.”

Most of the previous meetings between the sides point towards a tough match for Leeds.

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No better time to turn history around

The past six meetings between the sides date back to 2003, a match Manchester United won 3-2.

The results haven’t been great for Leeds since, with the Red Devils winning four of those six matches.

The most recent meeting saw Man United thrash Leeds 6-2 in the Premier League.

Hopefully Mancunian minds will be elsewhere when Leeds host them on Sunday (2pm kick-off).

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Brian Heffernan is head of recruitment at Horsham FC. He has also scouted for League Two and Danish clubs and worked freelance in the Russian Premier League. Brian’s work includes trialling and signing players and creating detailed opposition dossiers for first-team managers. He’s also a sports journalist specialising in football.