United additionally has a sport in hand on its bitter rival after being allowed to overlook the primary sport week of the season on account of final season’s Europa League semifinal run.
This victory over Leeds and its present run of type begs the query: Is that this lastly the season Manchester United mounts a Premier League title problem for the primary time since Alex Ferguson left in 2013 … or is it simply yet one more false daybreak below Solskjaer?
United’s inconsistent type below its Norwegian coach is as baffling as it’s weird.
Really spectacular victories within the Champions League over Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig had been adopted by probably the most inept defensive performances you’re prone to see within the defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir.
Nonetheless, whereas that inconsistency in Europe resulted in United exiting the Champions League on the group phases, Solskjaer seems to have discovered a successful components within the Premier League.
Maybe what’s going to please Solskjaer and United’s followers probably the most is the differing method of the performances throughout this run. Whereas as we speak’s victory over Leeds showcased the group’s swashbuckling attacking prowess, comeback wins over West Ham and Southampton confirmed a sure grit and willpower that has been sorely lacking in current seasons.
There will likely be many who, maybe appropriately, will level to United’s nonetheless evident defensive deficiencies as purpose sufficient to rule this group out of the title race, however in an unprecedented season during which accidents, a packed schedule and Covid-19 may nonetheless play a vital half, nothing must be dominated out.
United’s early targets towards Leeds got here from an unlikely supply, with midfielder Scott McTominay producing two pleasant finishes contained in the opening 4 minutes to place his group within the ascendancy.
From then, United ran away with the match and by no means seemed like being caught, as Bruno Fernandes and Victor Lindelof made it 4-0 after simply 37 minutes.
Leeds did pull one again earlier than half time by defender Liam Cooper, however second half targets from Daniel James and Bruno Fernandes added gloss to an already spectacular scoreline.
It is a testomony to the way in which Marcelo Bielsa has applied his attacking philosophy throughout his time at Leeds that the facet by no means seemed like giving up, and Stuart Dallas curled house a surprising effort to make the scoreline barely extra respectable.
“We discovered a approach of getting them going. Simply think about if that had 75,000 individuals right here it could have gone down in historical past as one of many higher Man Utd performances towards Leeds right here at house.”