United hammered Leeds United 6-2 at Old Trafford on Sunday in their first Premier League meeting since 2004.
Scott McTominay scored two times inside the first three minutes. Bruno Fernandes and Victor Lindelof then added the third and fourth. Dan James scored the fifth and Bruno Fernandes converted a penalty won by martial to make it 6. At the end of the first half, Liam Cooper managed to pull one back for Leeds. And a moment of individual genius from Stuart Dallas won them a second.
In the 2nd minute, Fernandes crossed the ball into McTominay in a box whose shot went straight into the bottom right corner. With Martial picking up his run into the box perfectly, he added another less than a minute later. In the 19th minute for Leeds, Patrick Bamford put the ball in the net. But replays showed he was well offside and the goal was disallowed.
One minute later, Fernandes added to Leeds’ woes when United caught them on the break. Leeds cleared the ball but was delivered to Martial which was converted by Bruno Fernandes. With a near range strike, Lindelof added United’s fourth on 37 minutes. Liam Cooper headed home one back from a corner five minutes later.
On 66 minutes, Leeds were caught again on the counter-attack. With McTominay threading a long pass through to James who hit the ball through the legs of Meslier. Four minutes later, Pascal Struijk conceded a penalty, which Fernandes hit on the left of Meslier’s net. With a curling shot from the box’s edge on 73 minutes, Dallas scored Leeds’ second. But it was too late for a comeback.
The match also saw Leeds’ captain Liam Cooper get injured in the 72nd minutes. He was replaced by Leif Davis. The two sides have a historic rivalry but haven’t met since Leeds were relegated from the top flight. The match marked the first time United has scored six goals since they beat Arsenal 8-2 in 2011 during Alex Ferguson’s tenure. Manchester United sit 3rd with 26 points from 13 games and Leeds sit 14th with 17 points from 14 games.