The much awaited rivalry produced a goal fest as Ole Gunnar Solakjaer’s Manchester United trounced Leeds United by scoring half a dozen at Old Trafford. The Red Devils peppered Leeds goalkeeper with 14 shots on target, and ensured they continued their impressive run to move third in the table with a game in hand.
Manchester United got off to a flying start as Scott McTominay scored the opener in the 2nd minute by spanking his low effort into the bottom right corner after being set up by Bruno Fernandes. The Scotland international scored his second just a minute later after catching onto Bruno’s through pass and swept it past Meslier to become the first player in Premier League history to score twice in the first three minutes of a match.
Patrick Bamford missed the opportunity to pull one back for the visitors by steering his shot wide of the post after holding off Lindelof. Leeds United’s attempt to push forward in search of a goal was picked apart by Manchester United at the halfway line to allow Bruno Fernandes score the third from 10 yards out.
The Red Devils were four up in the 37th minute through Lindelof, who sneaked in at the back post to slot home from Martial’s flick off a corner. Leeds finally pulled one back before the break through Cooper, who flicked a header past De Gea.
De Gea was called into action early in the second half to deny Raphinha at the far post as Leeds continued their search for another goal. However, it was United who scored their fifth in the 66th minute through Dan James’s first Premier League goal, who intercepted McTominay’s pass to push it past Ayling and shoot the ball through Meslier’s legs.
The Red Devils were awarded a penalty after Struijk fouled Martial in the box, and Bruno Fernandes stepped up to score United’s sixth of the evening. Leeds were the next to score through Stuart Dallas, who curled a beauty into the top right corner leaving De Gea with no chance. Both teams missed a couple of chances towards the end of the game, but it didn’t matter as Manchester United romped home to victory against Marcelo Bielsa’s men.