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Brakes from Scott McTominay and Bruno Fernandes helped Manchester United to a landslide 6-2 win over old rivals Leeds at Old Trafford.
Things got off to an incredible start when McTominay became the first player to score twice in the first three minutes of a Premier League game.
The Scotsman’s first was an arrow strike in the lower left corner, while the second was a neat finish after he burst into the area brilliantly.
With less than 20 minutes left, United had a third when Bruno Fernandes lunged from inside the area. The host scored a fourth goal with Victor Lindelof heading off the back post after Anthony Martial’s shot just before the break. However, before the halftime whistle could blow, Leeds cut through Liam Cooper, who passed David de Gea from a corner.
In the second half, normal service resumed with Dan James adding a fifth goal and Fernandes later adding a sixth from the penalty spot. Stuart Dallas then threw one back, making a big effort into the top corner.
Here are his player ratings for United and Leeds from Old Trafford …
David de Gea (POR) – 10/7 – He made an impressive save from Raphinha in the second half.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB) – 6/10 – Once again he looked uncomfortable defending crosses to the back post.
Harry Maguire (CB) – 7/10 – Solid enough and kept Bamford pretty calm at all times.
Victor Lindelof (CB) – 8/10 – Scored his goal in the first half after dodging Dallas at the back post. Defended well overall as Leeds advanced.
Luke Shaw (LB) – 8/10 – He overlapped very well in one of his most impressive shows of the season.
Scott McTominay (CM) – 9/10 – Two goals in the first three minutes. What more can be said? Sorry not to get a triplet.
Fred (CM) – 10/8 – United’s less flashy midfield but did his job efficiently.
Bruno Fernandes (AM) – 10/9 – Excellent once again. He scored twice, helped another and took some great positions.
Daniel James (RW) – 10/8 – His pace was always a threat as there was so much space. Something lucky to score, but it should do wonders for your confidence.
Anthony Martial (ST) – 8/10 – Excellent performance in the first half that included two assists, four successful matchups and a great opportunity created.
Marcus Rashford (LW) – 8/10 – He showed great confidence and always wanted to face the Leeds bottom line. He will be gutted for not scoring.
Alex Telles – 7/10 – He went about his business efficiently after entering.
Edinson Cavani – 6/10 – Nothing really broke for him.
Donny van de Beek – 6/10 – Clean and neat in possession.
Illan Meslier (GK) – 3/10 – Could have done better with some of the goals. I could have done much better for James’ goal.
Stuart Dallas (RB) – 6/10 – His curling effort was the choice of goals. One of the only Leeds players to leave with pride.
Luke Ayling (CB) – 5/10 – Struggled to contain the United front. I got stuck with four tackles.
Liam Cooper (CB) – 5/10 – He buried his header on De Gea very well, but once again found himself failing defensively.
Ezgjan Alioski (LB) – 4/10 – James’ pace caused him problems and he was unable to register a single inning.
Calvin Phillips (DM) – April 10 – He made some decent passes, but spent the better part of his 45 minutes watching United midfielders pass him.
Raphinha (RM) – 6/10 – Somehow denied by De Gea right after the break. Some dangerous moments.
Rodrigo (CM) – 4/10 – Worked hard but largely ineffective.
Mateusz Klich (CM) – 4/10 – Shattered in United’s midfield before being retired at half-time.
Jack Harrison (LM) – 4/10 – He needed to offer more to his team. He didn’t really threaten Wan-Bissaka, and he missed a glorious late opportunity.
Patrick Bamford (ST) – 5/10 – I missed some good chances early on and it was pretty ineffective in a game that was as open as it sounds.
Jamie Shackleton – 5/10 – A lot of industry but little quality.
Pascal Struijk – 4/10 – His main contribution was to give away the penalty.
Leif Davis – 6/10 – Very little note.