Leeds United take on Manchester United this summer as Marcelo Bielsa’s men up the ante in terms of their pre-season regime.
The fixture with the Red Devils – due to take place over in Australia in mid-July – marks a shift away from the usual domestic friendlies we see from Championship teams, and will prove a big test of fitness and quality for the Yorkshire side.
However, they have seemingly drew praise from Man United midfielder Scott McTominay, who spoke of the importance of playing ‘quality’ sides in pre-season.
“You need to play the best teams to get a feel for how you’re getting on as a group and how everything is going with the different systems you play,” McTominay told Inside United.
“But more importantly, when you play against the bigger teams, I think that really helps with your match fitness. So, it’s a positive for us that we’re playing some real top-quality sides.”
With United also set to play the likes of AC Milan and Spurs over on their tour Down Under, McTominay putting Leeds in that same bracket is high praise indeed for a Leeds side who have come on leaps and bounds under Marcelo Bielsa’s management.
The Whites missed out on promotion in agonising fashion last season when Derby saw them off over two legs in the play-offs. However, with Bielsa now penning a new deal to remain with the club for the coming campaign, optimism will once again be high amongst the Leeds faithful.
It’s a nice touch for McTominay to seemingly speak of Leeds in this sort of tone, and is a mark of just how well Bielsa has done.
There has long been a rivalry between the Whites and Man U, and it would be good to see them back at it in competitive football in the not too distant future as well.