The key quotes from Ralf Rangnick's pre-Leeds United press conference
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Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick met the media as the Red Devils host bitter rival Leeds United at Old Trafford.

Rangnick spoke about the atmosphere and intensity of games between these two sides as well as offering a team news update.

The German coach also addressed speculation about the captaincy situation at the club, dismissing certain reports as "absolute nonsense".

On the rivalry with Leeds

While Rangnick is new to the Premier League, he was made well aware of how fierce the matches between the two clubs were.

"I didn't know that until a week ago but most of my colleagues has indicated this is probably one of the biggest rivalries in the Premier League. I had these local derbies in Germany.

"Our team has a lot of experience in that atmosphere and it may raise their performance. Last year at Leeds it was behind closed doors. Everybody prefers to play in a sold-out stadium and i'm looking forward to it."

On the speculation of who the captain is

The German was asked if Harry Maguire will remain as captain of the side or whether someone else may take over that role.

"I have never spoken with any player about a possible change of captaincy. Harry was fully aware of that, so was Cristiano (Ronaldo) and any the other players.

"It's me who decides the captain and there is no reason for me to speak about that with another person. Harry is our captain and he will stay our captain until the end of the season and there is nothing else to add on to that."

On facing Leeds

While the Whites may sit 17th in the table, Rangnick is aware of the dangers they possess and is not overlooking the Yorkshire-based outfit.

"Leeds are a team that play with the highest amount of speed, so it's important for us not to allow them to play like that. Whenever they pass the ball they're trying to increase the tempo of the game.

"They play with the highest amount of speed, momentum, tempo, we need to stop them doing that. We are well prepared to play for 90 minutes and stick to the game plan."

On whether the league games are more important than the Champions League

The Red Devils boss was asked if this match and the following game against Watford were more important than their upcoming Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid.

"No, we play one after the other. Of course, we are fully aware that the game at Leeds is important for us to stay where we are in the table. We have to win that game.

"We are taking one by the other. We will take it one by one, we will try to start each of those three games with a starting XI where we are convinced we can win the next possible game."

Team news

Rangnick gave an update on the squad ahead of the trip to Elland Road.

"As it seems, Edinson Cavani will still be out. He's still having some problems with his groin and also his stomach. The same is true with Tom Heaton.

"Apart from that, everyone else seems to be available."

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