Match Report – Hightlights – Post Match Reactions
Manchester United 2 Leeds United 2
Marcus Rashford (62′) Jadon Sancho (70′) – Wilfried Gnonto (1′) Raphaël Varane (48′ OG)
Manchester gifted Leeds two goals at the start of both halves but still fought back for the draw. Had they started well this would’ve probably been a routine win.
It was after less than a minute of passing around the back that Varane found Fernandes with the first forward pass. Fernandes took a first touch but never got a second. Leeds broke, and Gnonto scored with his first shot. Fifty-five seconds had passed.
For the rest of the half, United showed how much they missed Casemiro. To say United aren’t the same without him is a huge understatement. United were a disorganised rabble and Fred, in particular, looked like someone who had won a prize to play. Sabitzer looked traumatised by having to play nearby him. It was hectic stuff and although United created chances, Leeds deserved to be ahead at half-time.
Given how the first half had started, United would surely not start the second as badly. They lasted three minutes. Varane turned a low cross ball into his own net. It was unlucky in truth but indicative that United had not learned their lesson. Leeds aren’t a good side, but they fought harder than United and took their chances. Meanwhile, United spurned theirs. And they had plenty in both halves.
After an hour, Ten Hag had seen enough. The ineffectual Weghorst and frustrated Garnacho were substituted for Sancho and Pellistri. Rashford moved into the middle. United, who had barely crossed all game, urgently began looking for crosses, and soon the goal came. Pellistri, out wide on the right, fed the ball back to Dalot. Dalot hit a right-foot cross first time and Rashford buried the header past Meslier.
It was all out attack from United but they looked as likely to concede a third as score their second. Leeds’ Aaronson hit the post from a freekick and United broke upfield. Shaw combined well with Sancho who curled a shot home from inside the box. United had snatched a draw from the jaws of defeat.
De Gea, Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Shaw, Fred, Sabitzer, Fernandes, Rashford, Weghorst, Garnacho.
Subs: Heaton, Lindelof, Maguire, Malacia, Mainoo, Pellistri, Iqbal, Elanga, Sancho.
Meslier, Ayling, Koch, Wöber, Struijk, Adams, McKennie, Sinisterra, Harrison, Gnonto, Bamford
Subs: Firpo, Aaronson, Summerville, Gyabi, Robles, Rutter, Kristensen, Greenwood, Fernández