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Premier League matches don’t come much better than this.
Manchester United and Leeds United fans have been waiting for close to two decades to resume their fierce rivalry and the pair made up for lost time by producing a brilliant 90 minutes on Sunday.
The Red Devils would clinch dominance bragging rights, running out of winners 6-2 in a game that had it all.
Things got off to an explosive start when Scott McTominay became the first Premier League player to grab a double in the first three minutes of a game. Yes, don’t worry, you read that right.
Scott McSauce lived up to his nickname with his first goal, launching a shot beyond the reach of Illan Meslier with just 67 seconds played.
His second goal was also quite cheeky. Coming to the end of Anthony Martial’s pass, McTominay finished in stride and entered the record books in the process.
Unsurprisingly, his passionate and fun club was delighted and took to Twitter to celebrate.
Not to be overshadowed by his midfield compatriot, Bruno Fernandes made it 3-0 against United in 20 minutes, beating Meslier from inside the area.
It was his 28th direct goal of the season and the highlight of his excellent performance in the first half.
Just when United thought things couldn’t get better, Victor Lindelof got down to business. Holding on to Martial’s pitch from a corner, the Swede managed to shoot home at the back post ahead of Stuart Dallas.
However, that was not all he wrote. Just before halftime, Leeds received the slightest of lifesavers when Liam Cooper nodded from a corner.
The goal capped off a truly insane 45 minutes, and while the second half was not quite up to the mark, there were still plenty of talking points.
Shortly after David de Gea made an impressive save to deny Raphina, we were treated to the rarest sights: a goal from Daniel James.
It wasn’t pretty, Illan Meslier should have kept it from squeezing between his legs, but it will surely do wonders for his confidence.
Minutes later, the local team pocketed a sixth.
After all, it wouldn’t be a United win without a Fernandes penalty …
Leeds made it 6-2 before the final whistle, but it was too little too late. United had long secured the three points with a performance that sent a statement to the rest of the Premier League.
As for Leeds, they can’t keep leaving themselves so open, can they?