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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”