Manchester United survived a stirring Leeds United comeback at an emotional Elland Road to reclaim a very important win and maintain their grip on a top-four place in the Premier League. It was their first game in front of fans between the two old rivals at Elland Road since October 2003. United took the lead in the first 34 minutes of the game from Harry Maguire’s header before Bruno doubled the lead in the added minute of the first half.
Fred Help Manchester United Register an Important Win
The host Leeds, however, mounted a superb revival and were level with two goals inside a minute as Rodrigo’s 53rd-minute cross drifted in behind keeper David de Gea, then substitute Raphinha scored from Daniel James cross to the level the scores. Manchester United gathered themselves, manager Ralf Rangnick made changes, and one of his substitutes produced the rewards as Fred drove in at Illan Meslier’s near post following more good work by Sancho with 20 minutes left – although Anthony Elanga was struck by objects thrown from the crowd amid the celebrations.
Another substitute Elanga complete the scoring from Bruno Fernandes’ pass to maker the scores 4-2. Manchester United’s victory came in three phases the control of the first half, the shock of Leeds United’s quick one-two, then the recovery to finally close out the victory they deserved.
They will now shift attention to Uefa Champions League which comes up on Wednesday against Spanish La Liga defending champions Atletico Madrid.