Leeds United vs Manchester United Player Ratings

Manchester United left Elland Road with all three points with goals from Marcus Rashford and super-sub Alejandro Garnacho. It was a fierce derby with many aggressive challenges and bookings early on. Leeds had decent opportunities in the game to make the breakthrough, but United left it late with two goals in four minutes.

Leeds United vs Manchester United Match Summary:

Ten Hag put out a slightly rotated team with the likes of Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez rested ahead of a tricky fixture list. Just like the game at Old Trafford, Leeds began the game brightly and took the game to the visitors. United were sloppy in the early stages and found it difficult to get out of their own half.

Following a scramble in the United box, the ball fell to Summerville, however the attacker was put off by Tyrell Malacia and subsequently missed the target. Although, the Reds were poor in the first half, they had the best chance of the game to open the scoring. Bruno Fernandes found himself one on one with Meslier, but couldn’t find the back of the net.

The home side had chances in the second half to open the scoring with Ayling and Summerville both testing de Gea. Ten Hag introduced Garnacho and Martinez and this saw a drastic improvement from his side. Ten Hag’s men were now controlling the game and almost took the lead through Dalot’s long range effort, which crashed off the bar.

Luke Shaw, now operating at left-back, put in his trademark cross into the box. His cross was then met by the head of Marcus Rashford, who found the back of the net wise ease. Minutes later and the Red Devils were 2-0 up and this time it was Garnacho.

The Argentine got in behind the Leeds defence before curling it beyond the reach of the Leeds keeper. The full time whistle went at Leeds and United temporarily moved to second in the Premier League.

Leeds United vs Manchester United Player Ratings:

David de Gea 6/10

Made a few good saves to deny Leeds by using his feet. However, his distribution was poor and this led to a handful of these chances. His shot-stopping was impressive and the clean sheet will take the attention away from some of the weaknesses in his game.

Diogo Dalot 6/10

Slightly rusty since his return to the team. Nearly gifted Leeds their opener by carelessly letting a cross come into the box. Didn’t get forward enough and was passive in possession. Saw his long-range effort come back off the bar.

Harry Maguire 5/10

Won most of his aerial duels but a poor display from the skipper on his return to the side. His passing was shocking at times and this led to dangerous transition opportunities for the home side. Unlikely to get a look in during the next set of games.

Luke Shaw 8/10

One of United’s best performers in this encounter. Unfazed at centre back and was calm in possession. Had an impact in the final third when he was switched to left back. Grabbed an assist for the opener with a delightful cross. Impressive once again and will likely start at centre back in Spain on Thursday.

Tyrell Malacia 7/10

Like Shaw he was unfazed by atmosphere and the opposition. Did well against Summerville and was effective in the inverted full back role. Likely to start against Barcelona.

Sabitzer 6/10

Not had the easiest of starts at United but showed glimpses of his potential yet again. Slightly sloppy in possession in the first half and still learning his role in this make-shift team. Involved in the build up to the first goal with a great ball out to the flank.

Fred 7/10

Improved as the game went on. Received a yellow in the first half but stood his ground against tough opposition in the midfield department. No other player in the match won as many tackles as the Brazilian.

Jadon Sancho 6/10

Slow but steady progress in his first start since his return. Lively on the right flank and set up the Fernandes chance. Taken off around the hour mark and will be in contention to start in the Europa League game.

Bruno Fernandes 6/10

Missed two good opportunities and didn’t look like scoring either of them. Wasn’t effective on the right but was the best creator overall. Improved when the changes were made and showed more leadership than Maguire throughout.

Marcus Rashford 7/10

Was almost man-marked out of the game in the first half, forcing him to swap flanks with Sancho. Was the most dangerous player on the pitch and grabbed his goal when he was was moved to striker. Fractionally offside when he put the ball into the net for a second time.

Wout Weghorst 6/10

His first half was forgettable. Didn’t hold up the ball well enough and was unable to link play. The second half was similar until he was switched to the number ten position. Grabbed an important assist.

Subs

Lisandro Martinez 7/10

Added some much needed composure to the United defence at a crucial point in the game.

Alejandro Garnacho 7/10

Responded to his midweek critics with a well-taken goal.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka 6/10

Didn’t put a foot wrong.

Anthony Elanga N/A

Came on in the dying moments.

Manager 8/10

The performance was far from perfect, however a win away from home and a clean sheet will always go down well with the Old Trafford faithful. Managed to rest key players ahead of a busy schedule and made impactful subs that changed the course of the game.

Man of the Match: Luke Shaw

Author: Rajan Sangha

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