Manchester United Hammer Hapless Leeds
In their first Premier League meeting since 2004, a rampant Manchester United hammered a hapless Leeds United team 6-2 in a score line that somewhat flattered the visitors, who should be somewhat relieved to have only conceded six goals.
The hosts raced into an early lead, with Scott McTominay scoring two goals in the opening three minutes – the first player in Premier League history to do so.
Things got worse for Leeds who found themselves four goals adrift inside 40 minutes, when Bruno Fernandes scored on 20 minutes, followed by Victor Lindelof after 37.
Leeds United transfer target Daniel James added a fifth goal in the 66th minute, while Fernandes scores his brace with a 70th minute penalty.
For boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, celebrating his second anniversary in charge, it was a performance that harked back to the Sir Alex Ferguson days, but he isn’t getting too carried away.
“We’re one third into the season, we’re not even at the halfway point. The league position isn’t even something we’re looking at. Our fans needed that one, they should have been here. Our players will go home tonight and sleep well. I think they have worked hard enough and deserve maybe a lie in.”
“That was fantastic from the first minute. We had a plan to get after them. We found a way of getting them going. Just imagine if that had 75,000 people here, that would have gone down as one of the best Man United performances against Leeds at home.”
An end to end match finished with eight goals from 43 shots, with United scored six goals against Leeds for just the second time in their history.
“You have to earn the right to win it and it should have, could have been 12-4. You know it’s going to be frantic, hectic against them, because no matter what the result is they have a certain style. We showed we are getting a fitter or stronger team. I’m seeing more and more of a Manchester United team I like. I’ve really enjoyed the two years and really enjoyed today. We want a fit team to go to the end and they’ve proven that lately. There are details to work on and we’ll keep improving,” concluded Solskjaer.
After being out of title races before they’ve begun in the post-Ferguson years, United find themselves in third, five points behind leaders Liverpool with a game in hand.
A Boxing Day trip to Leicester followed by a home game to Wolves will test their title credentials ahead of arguably their most important league game – away to Liverpool on January 17 – since the Scot called time on his trophy-laden coaching career.