The first goal came in just 67 seconds when Scott McTominay scored from the edge of the box. Two minutes later, the Scot doubled the lead with a brilliant run and a finish with his left foot. Patrick Bamford missed one big chance and hit another from an offside position before Bruno Fernandes United scored United’s third goal – all within 20 minutes.
Bamford missed a few more chances when Leeds continued to threaten in spells but United were then able to counter in rooms at will. One such foray ended in a corner Victor Lindelof scored from before Liam Cooper scored just before the break.
Chances were always good after the break: David de Gea saved twice from Raphina, Dan James scored a fifth and Fernandes scored a penalty for six before Dallas scored a second Leeds goal in the top corner.
Here are the player ratings from Old Trafford.
David de Gea – 7. After half time and a decent stop or two more, Raphina saved tremendously.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 5. Fought Raphina and didn’t do too much for the future.
Victor Lindelof – 7. Neat finish to his goal. Did well behind when the away team pressed for the second half.
Harry Maguire – 6. Alternate between winning his battles and beating solidly. Not nearly in his best shape right now.
Luke Shaw – 6. Played an hour. Decent supportive role but not always involved in the counters.
Fred – 8. Win the ball quickly, let go of the ball quickly. Uncovered Leeds’ large gaps in the middle with easy, quick passes.
Scott McTominay – 9. Hit twice before most of the players touched the ball. Nice support for the fifth. Great all round ride and work. Basically a combination of Kevin de Bruyne and Steven Gerrard in these 90 minutes. Or maybe a top notch Paul Pogba.
Dan James – 6. Booked for diving. A lightning bolt during the break too often had no idea what to do in the end – until he just pounded one through the goalkeeper’s legs with his left foot.
Bruno Fernandes – 8. Broken on the third goal, he always found space between the lines. Could have gotten passes between Leeds’ defenses all day.
Marcus Rashford – 7. A big outlet all the time but didn’t have the finishing touches.
Anthony Martial – 8. Two assists and should have scored at least one of his own. Great exercise all day to open up opportunities.
Illan Meslier – 5. Couldn’t have done anything about the first four goals but should have done better with James. Made a few parades after the break.
Stuart Dallas – 5th beaten inside and outside by United’s swift attack. However, achieved a beauty.
Luke Ayling – 4. The man-to-man approach doesn’t work as well if you don’t follow the attacker’s progress or if you don’t cut out a pass.
Liam Cooper – 4. Good header for Leeds’ goal, but such a large space between him and his partner in the middle.
Ezgjan Alioski – 4. Like the rest of the defense, nowhere near enough tenacity or winning each battle.
Kalvin Phillips – 4. Everything bypassed him in the first half and couldn’t keep an eye on the runners. Lifted off at half time.
Raphina – 7th Leeds greatest threat of attack. Put about some good crosses and should have hit shortly after the break. Two templates.
Rodrigo – 4. Overrun in the middle and bad grade far too often.
Mateusz Klich – 5. Submerged during the break. Didn’t stop defensively but could have been one of them.
Jack Harrison – 4. Didn’t track as much as he could have against United’s broad counterattack and offered very little on attack delivery.
Patrick Bamford – 5. Led the line well but missed a big chance to get his team back into play at 2-0. Unpredictable with his shots.
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