Scott McTominay modified into the first participant to rating twice contained in the first three minutes of a Premier League sport as Manchester United climbed to third in the desk with a worthy victory over aged rivals Leeds at Ancient Trafford.
The midfielder chanced on the bottom nook with a ferocious drive after factual 67 seconds, sooner than doubling his tally moments later with a vivid carry out from Anthony Martial’s cross.
Bruno Fernandes and Victor Lindelof increased the dwelling facet’s lead, with Liam Cooper’s header reducing the arrears at the pause of a pulsating first 45 minutes.
Daniel James broke certain of the Leeds defence to restore the hosts’ four-goal advantage 20 minutes into the 2d half, sooner than Fernandes added his 2d of the game from the penalty predicament after Martial had been tripped by Pascal Struijk.
Stuart Dallas curled dwelling a good trying 2d consolation for Leeds – a becoming pause to among the games of the season that integrated 43 photos.
The victory lifts Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s facet above fourth-placed Everton on goal distinction, whereas Leeds remain seven components above the relegation zone in 14th.
Analysis – why Man Utd are title contenders over again
Crimson Devils salvage their toes at dwelling
Manchester United’s success on their travels has been in stark distinction to their sad Premier League originate at Ancient Trafford, the set they’d gained factual once in the league all season coming into this sport.
Remarkably, Solskjær’s workforce had managed factual three league targets at dwelling this time duration – no matter netting as a minimum three in all six away wins.
The Norwegian would perchance most most likely not own wished for a better delivery from his workforce on Sunday, on the opposite hand, as McTominay unnerved the pals with two marvellous early targets.
The Scotland world, who had easiest netted six in his old 68 appearances for the membership, broke the deadlock with a fierce drive into the bottom nook after being teed up by Fernandes – the hosts’ first dwelling league goal from launch play attributable to the first weekend of the advertising and marketing campaign.
Barely a minute later, the midfielder latched on to Martial’s via ball sooner than producing a carry out the Frenchman would were proud of.
It became 3-0 on 20 minutes, Fernandes reacting quickest to Luke Ayling’s mission on Martial sooner than slamming a extremely effective strike previous Illan Meslier.
Lindelof capitalised on some dreadful Leeds defending from a nook to rub further salt into the pals’ wounds, sooner than Cooper’s header from a nook reduced the arrears.
James and Fernandes added gloss to the scoreline after half-time, however the hosts will own gained by a good better margin had Martial not spurned two one-on-one chances with Meslier earlier than Dallas’ unhurried strike.
United remain 5 components in the attend of champions Liverpool at the tip of the desk, however Solskjaer’s workforce soundless own a sport in hand on their Merseyside rivals.
Bielsa’s Leeds proceed to entertain
There may be not a tiring moment with Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds this season.
The Yorkshire membership own had no issues creating chances – easiest champions Liverpool had registered more photos in the Premier League coming into this sport – they most ceaselessly weren’t without alternatives right here as they registered 17 attempts at De Gea’s goal.
With the rating soundless 2-0, Bamford dragged a shot extensive from a exact location sooner than having a goal because it would be dominated out for offside.
Leeds’ defending left a lot to be desired – particularly when Lindelof became allowed to ghost in at the some distance post to slot dwelling the hosts’ fourth – however even at 4-1 Bielsa’s facet refused to let their heads tumble and twice went cease to reducing the arrears earlier than James’ 2d-half strike for 5-1.
Raphinha’s volley from Rodrigo’s rotten became brilliantly parried onto the woodwork by De Gea, who became compelled into yet every other ultimate one-handed set up from the Brazilian as the pals continued to set power on the dwelling facet. On the other hand, James’ goal all however ended Leeds’ hopes of an not in point of fact recovery.
Jack Harrison would perchance merely soundless own made it 6-3 in the final stages, however by some means overlooked the target from cease vary.
Undesirable first-half account for Bielsa – the stats
- Manchester United own performed more dwelling Premier League games in opposition to Leeds without shedding than in opposition to every other membership (P13 W9 D4).
- Manchester United scored six targets in a single Premier League sport for the first time since their 8-2 receive over Arsenal in August 2011.
- Right here’s the first time a membership workforce managed by Marcelo Bielsa has conceded six targets in any aggressive match since his Newell’s Ancient Boys facet misplaced 6-0 to San Lorenzo in the Copa Libertadores in February 1992.
- Leeds conceded four targets in the first half of a Premier League sport for the first time.
- Leeds own conceded more region-piece targets (together with penalties) than every other Premier League workforce this season (14).
- For the explanation that delivery of last season, Manchester United own taken (32) and scored (27) more penalties in all competitions than every other facet in Europe’s top 5 leagues.
- Leeds’ Raphinha is the first away participant to aid two targets in opposition to Manchester United at Ancient Trafford in a Premier League sport since Tony Hibbert for Everton in a 4-4 attract April 2012.
- Since his debut in February, Bruno Fernandes has each scored and assisted a goal in seven a quantity of Premier League games; easiest Matt Le Tissier in 1994 (8) and Mo Salah in 2018 (9) own done so on more instances in a single calendar year in the competition’s history.
‘What a sport of football’ – what the managers stated
Manchester United supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: “What a sport of football. Unfortunately there became no crowd to scrutinize it. This can spin down as among the huge Manchester United v Leeds games.
“Leeds play the identical device whether or not they’re 4-0 up, 4-0 down or at 0-0. They set up that every three days, every sport. Or not it is miles crucial to hasten until the whistle goes.
“Or not it is one third of the season long previous. You may most most likely not delivery talking about league positions. We are going to set carrying on, working tense. Maybe when we salvage to March or April we are in a position to hang a peep [at the table].”
Leeds supervisor Marcelo Bielsa: “Lets own attain attend right via the game, there were continuously alternatives to attain attend attend into it.
“We lacked effectivity; they scored their alternatives and we didn’t. In the 2d half we performed on a good keel until the 80th minute. After that they created chances more straightforward than we would perchance most most likely. We fought all sport, that’s an obligation.”
Solskjaer’s workforce commute to Everton in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup on Wednesday, 23 December (20: 00 GMT) sooner than a talk about with to Leicester Metropolis in the Premier League three days in a while Saturday, 26 December (12: 30).
Leeds welcome Burnley to Elland Dual carriageway of their subsequent league fixture on Sunday, 27 December (12: 00).
Participant of the match
with a mean of 8.47
Squad quantity39Participant titleMcTominay
Squad quantity18Participant titleBruno Fernandes
Squad quantity10Participant titleRashford
Squad quantity17Participant titleFred
Squad quantity21Participant titleJames
Squad quantity2Participant titleLindelöf
Squad quantity5Participant titleMaguire
Squad quantity9Participant titleMartial
Squad quantity1Participant titlede Gea
Squad quantity29Participant titleWan-Bissaka
Squad quantity23Participant titleShaw
Squad quantity27Participant titleAlex Telles
Squad quantity34Participant titlevan de Beek
Squad quantity7Participant titleCavani
Squad quantity15Participant titleDallas
Squad quantity18Participant titleRaphinha
Squad quantity1Participant titleMeslier
Squad quantity20Participant titleRodrigo
Squad quantity6Participant titleCooper
Squad quantity2Participant titleAyling
Squad quantity22Participant titleHarrison
Squad quantity9Participant titleBamford
Squad quantity46Participant titleShackleton
Squad quantity10Participant titleAlioski
Squad quantity24Participant titleDavis
Squad quantity21Participant titleStruijk
Squad quantity43Participant titleKlich
Squad quantity23Participant titlePhillips
- 1de Gea
- 23ShawSubstituted forTellesat 60′minutes
- 39McTominaySubstituted forat 90+1′minutes
- 21JamesBooked at 52minutes
- 18Bruno FernandesSubstituted forvan de Beekat 71′minutes
- 10RashfordSubstituted forCavaniat 71′minutes
- 34van de Beek
- 6CooperSubstituted forDavisat 72′minutes
- 23PhillipsSubstituted forStruijkat 45′minutes
- 43KlichSubstituted forShackletonat 45′minutes
- 17Hélder Costa
Are residing Text
Match ends, Manchester United 6, Leeds United 2.
Second Half of ends, Manchester United 6, Leeds United 2.
Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substandard by Fred (Manchester United).
Scott McTominay went off injured after Manchester United had mature all subs.
Attempt saved. Edinson Cavani (Manchester United) upright footed shot from exterior the field is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Donny van de Beek.
Attempt overlooked. Jack Harrison (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the field misses to the upright.
Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Stuart Dallas.
Attempt overlooked. Harry Maguire (Manchester United) header from the centre of the field is simply too high. Assisted by Alex Telles with a rotten following a nook.
Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Illan Meslier.
Attempt saved. Fred (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the field is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt saved. Harry Maguire (Manchester United) header from the centre of the field is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alex Telles with a rotten.
Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Illan Meslier.
Attempt saved. Alex Telles (Manchester United) left footed shot from the left facet of the field is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Anthony Martial.
Attempt saved. Daniel James (Manchester United) upright footed shot from the centre of the field is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt saved. Edinson Cavani (Manchester United) upright footed shot from the centre of the field is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Anthony Martial.
Attempt overlooked. Luke Ayling (Leeds United) header from the centre of the field is simply too high. Assisted by Raphinha with a rotten following a nook.
Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Harry Maguire.
Attempt blocked. Jack Harrison (Leeds United) upright footed shot from the centre of the field is blocked.