Leeds United’s opponents for the opening day of the Premier League are hoping to make a quicker starter to the campaign than they did last year.
The Whites will face bitter rivals Manchester United on August 14 on the first day of their 2021/22 campaign.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side made a slow start last year, winning just two of their opening six league games.
They were humbled by Crystal Palace on home turf and Solskjaer has insisted they are keen to avoid a repeat this time round when facing Leeds at Old Trafford.
Speaking to Manchester United’s official website, he said: “As long as we keep [going] gradually, at least until the first international break, we’ve got to look at pre-season and start the season better than we did last season.
“We gave ourselves a mountain to climb as it was a difficult start.
“Hopefully, this year, we’ve cracked the gradual improvement.”
Solskjaer was quizzed about welcoming top flight newcomers Brentford to Old Trafford, but played down the occasion and insisted three points are the main focus, offering an insight into his mentality when it comes to dealing with spectacles.
He said: “Every single game of those 38 counts equally.
“Yeah, there are bragging rights for some of the games, of course, but you only get three points every game and you’ve got to take one game at a time.”
As much as Manchester United will be hoping to avoid a repeat of their slow start, Leeds will also be hoping to prevent history repeating itself.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side more than held their own against the Premier League’s elite last season but their trip to Old Trafford last December was an exception.
A quickfire brace from Scott McTominay stunned the Whites and they would go on be on the receiving end of a 6-2 drubbing.
Bielsa’s side did, however, tighten up for Manchester United’s visit to Elland Road in April and managed to hold Solskjaer’s men to a 0-0 draw.
The Red Devils are preparing for the visit of Leeds with some stern pre-season tests and will face Premier League counterparts Brentford and Everton before competitive action resumes.
Leeds’ pre-season schedule is less reliant on matches and the Whites will face just three opponents before the Premier League season begins.
They travel to non-league neighbours Guiseley on 27 July before taking on Blackburn Rovers the following day and Fleetwood Town on 30 July.
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