Premier League: Manchester United Hammer Leeds As Rivalry Renews In Style


ISLAMABAD, December 21 (online): Manchester United bolstered their Premier League title aspirations by demolishing Leeds 6-2 in the first league meeting between the sides for 16 years on Sunday. Scott McTominay and Bruno Fernandes scored twice as United’s counter-attacking threat tore apart Marcelo Bielsa’s attacking approach to move the Red Devils up to third, five points behind leaders Liverpool with a game in hand. “It could have been 12-4, it was that kind of game. It was fantastic from the first minute,” said United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“We had a plan to get after them, go forward and Scott gets two goals in the first three minutes.”
The much-anticipated clash as a historic rivalry was renewed lacked the fervour of a full Old Trafford in the stands, but more than delivered on the field.
United have made a series of slow starts this season, but put the result almost beyond doubt inside three minutes thanks to two goals from McTominay.
The Scotland international burst forward from his deep role in midfield to smash home Fernandes’s pass from outside the area and then slotted home Anthony Martial’s through ball.