Manchester United fires six objectives previous Leeds to proceed spectacular Premier League run



Because the insipid defeat to Arsenal at the beginning of November — following which many followers had known as for supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be sacked — United is unbeaten within the league, profitable six of its final seven matches to maneuver to inside 5 factors of Liverpool in first place.

United additionally has a recreation in hand on its bitter rival after being allowed to overlook the primary recreation week of the season as a consequence of final season’s Europa League semifinal run.

This victory over Leeds and its present run of kind begs the query: Is that this lastly the season Manchester United mounts a Premier League title problem for the primary time since Alex Ferguson left in 2013 … or is it simply yet one more false daybreak underneath Solskjaer?

United’s inconsistent kind underneath its Norwegian coach is as baffling as it’s weird.

Actually spectacular victories within the Champions League over Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig have been adopted by probably the most inept defensive performances you might be prone to see within the defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir.

Victor Lindelof celebrates after scoring United's fourth goal.

Nevertheless, whereas that inconsistency in Europe resulted in United exiting the Champions League on the group phases, Solskjaer seems to have discovered a profitable system within the Premier League.

Maybe what is going to please Solskjaer and United’s followers essentially the most is the differing method of the performances throughout this run. Whereas at the moment’s victory over Leeds showcased the crew’s swashbuckling attacking prowess, comeback wins over West Ham and Southampton confirmed a sure grit and dedication that has been sorely lacking in current seasons.

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There might be many who, maybe accurately, will level to United’s nonetheless evident defensive deficiencies as cause sufficient to rule this crew out of the title race, however in an unprecedented season wherein accidents, a packed schedule and Covid-19 may nonetheless play an important half, nothing must be dominated out.

United’s early objectives in opposition to Leeds got here from an unlikely supply, with midfielder Scott McTominay producing two pleasant finishes contained in the opening 4 minutes to place his crew within the ascendancy.

From then, United ran away with the match and by no means appeared like being caught, as Bruno Fernandes and Victor Lindelof made it 4-0 after simply 37 minutes.

Leeds did pull one again earlier than half time by defender Liam Cooper, however second half objectives from Daniel James and Bruno Fernandes added gloss to an already spectacular scoreline.

Scott McTominay was an unlikely double goalscorer early on.

It is a testomony to the way in which Marcelo Bielsa has carried out his attacking philosophy throughout his time at Leeds that the facet by no means appeared like giving up, and Stuart Dallas curled house a surprising effort to make the scoreline barely extra respectable.

“That was incredible. From the primary minute we had a plan to get after them, go ahead once we obtained the ball and naturally Scott will get two objectives within the first three minutes which is a good begin to the sport,” Solskjaer informed Sky Sports activities after the match.

“We discovered a method of getting them going. Simply think about if that had 75,000 individuals right here it will have gone down in historical past as one of many higher Man Utd performances in opposition to Leeds right here at house.”

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