In United’s previous League game I offered the view that United manage to transform no-contest into a contest. The same can be said in reverse. United today managed to convert in what was expected to be a close contest into a no-contest. Statistics show that 43 shots were registered in this match between the sides. Was I however the only one with my heart in my mouth even with United leading six – two. This was the first league meeting between the sides since a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in February 2004. United were unbeaten in their previous 15 home league games against Leeds (Won 9, Drew 6), since a 0-1 loss in February 1981.
The man of the match was undoubtedly Scott McTominay. He started United off with barely a minute on the clock with a brilliant, low, long-range effort, and the midfielder got his second within three minutes with a neat finish inside the box, after a surging forward run which saw him control and finish smoothly. The rest of the game saw him win the ball back so many times and when he had it, he used it very well. A brilliant display. Shame he pulled up with a groin injury late on. In the words of Gary Neville, he ‘turned into Paul Scholes and Roy Keane’ .
United move up to third, five points off leaders Liverpool with a game in hand. United now go to Everton in the Carabao Cup quarter-final on Wednesday night.
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