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Manchester United 6-2 Leeds United: Hosts up to third after thumping win

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Scott McTominay’s strike after 67 seconds was Manchester United’s first home league goal from open play since the 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace in their first match of the campaign

Scott McTominay became the first player to score twice inside the first three minutes of a Premier League game as Manchester United climbed to third in the table with a remarkable victory over old rivals Leeds at Old Trafford.

The midfielder found the bottom corner with a ferocious drive after just 67 seconds, before doubling his tally moments later with a clever finish from Anthony Martial’s pass.

Bruno Fernandes and Victor Lindelof increased the home side’s lead, with Liam Cooper’s header reducing the arrears at the end of a pulsating first 45 minutes.

Daniel James broke clear of the Leeds defence to restore the hosts’ four-goal advantage 20 minutes into the second half, before Fernandes added his second of the game from the penalty spot after Martial had been tripped by Pascal Struijk.

Stuart Dallas curled home a stunning second consolation for Leeds – a fitting end to one of the games of the season that included 43 shots.

The victory lifts Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side above fourth-placed Everton on goal difference, while Leeds remain seven points above the relegation zone in 14th.

Red Devils find their feet at home

Manchester United’s success on their travels has been in stark contrast to their poor Premier League form at Old Trafford, where they had won just once in the league all season coming into this game.

Remarkably, Solskjær’s team had managed just three league goals at home this term – despite netting at least three in all six away wins.

The Norwegian could not have wished for a better start from his team on Sunday, however, as McTominay stunned the visitors with two marvellous early goals.

The Scotland international, who had only netted six in his previous 68 appearances for the club, broke the deadlock with a fierce drive into the bottom corner after being teed up by Fernandes – the hosts’ first home league goal from open play since the first weekend of the campaign.

Barely a minute later, the midfielder latched on to Martial’s through ball before producing a finish the Frenchman would have been proud of.

It was 3-0 on 20 minutes, Fernandes reacting quickest to Luke Ayling’s challenge on Martial before slamming a powerful strike past Illan Meslier.

Lindelof capitalised on some dreadful Leeds defending from a corner to rub further salt into the visitors’ wounds, before Cooper’s header from a corner reduced the arrears.

James and Fernandes added gloss to the scoreline after half-time, but the hosts could have won by an even greater margin had Martial not spurned two one-on-ones with Meslier prior to Dallas’ late strike.

United remain five points behind champions Liverpool at the top of the table, but Solskjaer’s team still have a game in hand on their Merseyside rivals.

Bielsa’s Leeds continue to entertain

There is rarely a dull moment with Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds this season.

The Yorkshire club have had no problems creating chances – only champions Liverpool had registered more shots in the Premier League coming into this game – and they were not without opportunities here as they registered 17 attempts at De Gea’s goal.

With the score still 2-0, Bamford dragged a shot wide from a good position before having a goal correctly ruled out for offside.

Leeds’ defending left a lot to be desired – particularly when Lindelof was allowed to ghost in at the far post to slot home the hosts’ fourth – but even at 4-1 Bielsa’s side refused to let their heads drop and twice went close to reducing the arrears prior to James’ second-half strike for 5-1.

Raphinha’s volley from Rodrigo’s cross was brilliantly parried onto the woodwork by De Gea, who was forced into another fine one-handed save from the Brazilian as the visitors continued to put pressure on the home side. However, James’ goal all but ended Leeds’ hopes of an unlikely recovery.

Jack Harrison should have made it 6-3 in the final stages, but somehow missed the target from close range.

More to follow.

Player of the match

McTominayScott McTominay

Leeds United

  1. Squad number15Player nameDallas

  2. Squad number18Player nameRaphinha

  3. Squad number1Player nameMeslier

  4. Squad number20Player nameRodrigo

  5. Squad number6Player nameCooper

  6. Squad number2Player nameAyling

  7. Squad number22Player nameHarrison

  8. Squad number9Player nameBamford

  9. Squad number46Player nameShackleton

  10. Squad number10Player nameAlioski

  11. Squad number24Player nameDavis

  12. Squad number21Player nameStruijk

  13. Squad number43Player nameKlich

  14. Squad number23Player namePhillips

Line-ups

Man Utd

  • 1de Gea
  • 29Wan-Bissaka
  • 2Lindelöf
  • 5Maguire
  • 23ShawSubstituted forTellesat 60′minutes
  • 39McTominaySubstituted forat 90+1′minutes
  • 17Fred
  • 21JamesBooked at 52mins
  • 18Bruno FernandesSubstituted forvan de Beekat 71′minutes
  • 10RashfordSubstituted forCavaniat 71′minutes
  • 9Martial

Substitutes

  • 3Bailly
  • 6Pogba
  • 7Cavani
  • 8Mata
  • 11Greenwood
  • 26Henderson
  • 27Telles
  • 31Matic
  • 34van de Beek

Leeds

  • 1Meslier
  • 15Dallas
  • 2Ayling
  • 6CooperSubstituted forDavisat 72′minutes
  • 10Alioski
  • 23PhillipsSubstituted forStruijkat 45′minutes
  • 18Dias Belloli
  • 20Rodrigo
  • 43KlichSubstituted forShackletonat 45′minutes
  • 22Harrison
  • 9Bamford

Substitutes

  • 7Poveda-Ocampo
  • 11Roberts
  • 13Casilla
  • 17Hélder Costa
  • 19Hernández
  • 21Struijk
  • 24Davis
  • 46Shackleton
  • 49Casey

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