Manchester United 6 Leeds United 0 – Goalfest at Old Trafford as United hammer in six against Leeds; Red Devils leap to third
2020-21 English Premier League report: Manchester United vs.Leeds United – Sunday, 20th December 2020
Manchester United 6 Leeds United 0 – Old Trafford
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's United got six past Leeds at Old Trafford as they raced to the third spot of the Premier League table with a match in hand.
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Each way terms: 1/3 for first 2 places
The Red Devils were in for a dream start 2 minutes into the game when a Bruno Fernandes cross found an unmarked Scott McTominay in the box as the latter planted his shot into the bottom corner.
McTominay dramatically found the back of the net a second time in only the 3rd minute of play when Anthony Martial picked up his run into the box perfectly.
Patrick Bamford almost reduced the 0-2 deficit in the 19th minute when he put the ball in the net but was adjudged offside. But it was United who forged ahead once more a minute later. Fernandes's delivery to Martial in the area which the Leeds defense cleared, fell to the former who slammed the ball it into the net from ten yards out to make it 3-0 in the 20th.
The hosts added a fourth in the 37th minute as a completely unmarked Victor Lindelof converted from a Martial flick off a corner. Marcelo Biesla's side pulled one back in the 42nd minute through Liam Cooper's header from a corner as a frenzied half that had 18 attempts on goal, came to an end.
Leeds maintained their attacking mode despite trailing 1-4 but were unable to find goals for lack of proper finishing.
They were once again caught on the counter-attack in the 66th minute when McTominay threaded a long pass through to James who slipped the ball between Leeds keeper Illan Meslier's legs to make it 5-1 for United.
Four minute later Pascal Struijk tripped Martial inside the box and a penalty awarded. Fernandes scored his second of the evening as he struck his spot-kick to the left of Meslier to give his side an unassailable 6-1 lead.
The eight-minute goal frenzy continued as Stuart Dallas curled a beauty into the top right corner in the 73rd minute to reduce the deficit for Leeds.
With 43 shots attempt on goal between the sides, the scoreline could have well been in double figures with guilt-edged chances coming to both. The Red Devils, in fact, could have won by an even greater margin had Martial not botched up on two one-on-one chances with Meslier a little before Dallas' 73rd minute strike.
After Sunday's Old Trafford result, United have come within 5 points of champions Liverpool at the top of the table and with a midwek game in hand against Everton, the possibilities of leaping to the second place cannot be ruled out. Leeds' weekend defeat at Manchester was their seventh of the season as they remain in the bottom half in the 15th place with 14 points and 7 away from relegation.
Man United starting Xi playing in a 4-2-3-1 formation: De Gea (goal), Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Shaw, Fred, McTominay, Fernandes, James, Martial, Rashford
Subs: Telles, Van de Beek, Cavani
Leeds starting Xi playing in a 4-1-4-1 formation: Meslier (goal), Dallas, Ayling, Cooper, Alioski, Phillips, Raphinha, Rodrigo, Klich, Harrison, Bamford.
Subs: Struijk, Shackleton