Match Report: Manchester United Crush Leeds 5-1 With Wild Second Half and Bruno Hat-Trick
Manchester United begin their Premier League campaign with a 5-1 victory against Leeds. Goals from Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood and four assists from Paul Pogba saw Manchester United cruise past Leeds.
Raphael Varane was also unveiled to the fans setting up a joyous mood in Old Trafford that would continue through the early after in Manchester.
Strong First Half for Manchester United
Mason Greenwood almost got the scoring started when he deflected an attempted back pass to the Leeds goalkeeper Meslier. The ball almost looped over the Leeds keeper, but he did well to save.
United almost took the lead again when Paul Pogba was played in, but his left footed finish went wide after United won the ball in the middle of the field to create the chance.
Leeds still posed a threat and had some decent crosses defended well by United’s defense. Mateusz Klich found some space in the 16th minute, his curling effort was well saved by David de Gea.
The atmosphere was amazing during the first 30 minutes and it was the half hour mark when Bruno found the breakthrough. Pogba delivered a beautiful pass into the feet of Bruno and he finished with his left foot.
A solid first half for Manchester United, they continued to create chances despite going up and looked solid defensively when Leeds got forward, 1-0 going into the break.
Sensational Second Half Sinks Leeds
Leeds leveled early in the second half when Luke Ayling struck a sensational strike from outside the box that found the top corner. David de Gea could not do anything but pick the ball out the back of the net.
Manchester United took only three minutes to respond. Mason Greenwood got in behind the Leeds defense after Pogba played in a beautiful pass. Greenwood’s first touch placed him perfectly on his left foot and he found the bottom corner low and hard to put United back on top.
Again, after only a short break, it was Pogba again with the assist. Bruno was played in and held the ball up well, his left footed shot could not be cleared off the line by Luke Ayling and the second half got even wilder.
Bruno got his hat-trick before the hour mark after Victor Lindelof played a beautiful over the top pass to the Portuguese. Bruno took it off the volley emphatically beating Meslier.
Pogba again, four assists for the French maestro, this time finding Fred of all people. Greenwood found Pogba down the left and he slotted a low cross inside to Fred who easily beat Meslier, 5-1. Pogba became the first ever United player to have four assists in a Premier League match.
Jadon Sancho made his Manchester United debut to break up the goals. The new signing got a standing ovation by just warming up. Sancho replaced James in the 75th minute.
Manchester United’s lead was comfortable and the Red Devils saw the game out, subs got some minutes and United stayed injury free to close out the game.
Manchester United will travel to Southampton next Sunday for another early afternoon kick-off.