Man United 6-2 Leeds: Red Devils thrash Bielsa's men to move third

Man United 6-2 Leeds: Red Devils thrash Bielsa's men to move third

Manchester United thrashed Leeds United 6-2 in a Premier League match played at Old Trafford on Sunday evening.

The win saw United move to third on the Premier League table, level on points with Leicester City, who beat Tottenham earlier on, but with a better goal difference. 

United made a perfect start with Scott McTominay scoring after just two minutes, unleashing an unstoppable shot from the edge of the box. 

It was 2-0 just moments later as McTominay once again found space inside the box to slot in his second of the night to give United a two-goal lead inside four minutes. 

The two goals saw him set a Premier League record, becoming the first player to score a brace in the opening three minutes of a league match. 

It was smooth sailing for United from that point on as they pinned the visitors in their own half while playing some quick, pressing game. 

Leeds however settled in well and started controlling the game, and managed to put the ball in the back of the net in the 19h minute only for Patrick Bamford's effort to be ruled out for offside. 

It was 3-0 though in a blink of an eye as Leeds got themselves into a mess in the middle of the pitch, with Fred taking advantage to make a good run into the box. 

The Brazilian found Martial inside the box, but his shot was blocked, falling for Bruno Fernandes who hammered in a shot to make it 3-0. 

Vitor Lindelof then added a fourth late on following a poor clearance from a corner ball to virtually take the game away from Marcelo Bielsa's side. 

They however managed to pull one back through Cooper, who rose highest to meet Phillips' corner and direct it past De Gea on the far post for a 4-1 scoreline going into the break. 

Second half action

United were the first to attack in the second period and Anthony Martial should have added a fifth, but the Frenchman's effort went wide of the post when it was easy to score than miss.

Leeds came back into the game and almost grabbed a second five minutes into the half, but a world-class save from David de Gea denied Raphinha, who had found some space at the far post. 

United then thought they were getting a penalty when Daniel James went down in the box from Cooper's challenge, but referee Anthony Taylor instead showed him a yellow card for simulation. 

James however scored United's fifth in the 67th minute, after getting to the end of a McTominay ball and finished beautifully. 

Two minutes later, United got the chance to add to their tally when Martial went down inside the box, and Bruno Fernandes did his usual hop, skip and a sidefoot into the bottom right corner. 

Leeds then scored arguably the goal of the night when Davis' raking diagonal pass was laid off by Raphinha to Dallas, who promptly beat De Gea with a curling drive from 25 yards.

United held on to win 6-2 and move to third in the Premier League on 26 points, five points of leaders Liverpool

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