Comment on the last match between Man Utd vs Leeds United

10:48 - 09/02/2023 - Admin

MU was disappointed when letting Leeds United lead 2-0 right at Old Trafford, the Red Devils got up for the rest of the match and retained 1 point with a 2-2 draw.

Final: MU 2-2 Leeds United

Goals: MU: Rashford (62′), Sancho (70′), Leeds United (Gnonto, 1′), Varane own goal (48′)

After losing 2-3 to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, MU returned with a series of 4 consecutive victories on all fronts. Impressive results helped them rise to 3rd place in the Premier League table, meet Newcastle in the final of the English League Cup and reach the 5th round of the FA Cup. Next to Leeds United at home in the match for round 9 of the Premier League 2022/23, Red Man is determined to win all 3 points, thereby extending an impressive series of matches and shortening the gap between the two top teams, Man City. and Arsenal.

MU is much more appreciated than Leeds United, the team is ranked 17th in the rankings and is having a series of 7 games without winning in the Premier League. The home field also brings great advantages for MU. Accordingly, at Old Trafford, the Red Devils are on a 13-match winning streak in all competitions. The head-to-head results also show the superiority of the home team. Accordingly, in the last 6 confrontations, MU was unbeaten, of which won 5 and drawing 1. In the last 2 times against Leeds at home, Red Man won a big victory with the scores 5-1 and 6- 2.

In terms of lineups, coach Erik ten Hag continues to use a 4-2-3-1 formation. In attack, when Anthony Martial was injured, rookie Wout Weghorst continued to play from the start, playing in a key position. Supporting the Dutch player is the trio of Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, and Garnacho. Antony’s absence has given the opportunity to start the game young star Garnacho, who has made great progress this season.

Casemiro is suspended, while Eriksen and Scott McTominay are both injured, so Marcel Sabitzer started the game, playing alongside Fred in the center of midfield. The loan signing in January made his debut against Crystal Palace, more than 20 minutes at Old Trafford, Marcel Sabitzer played quite well. In defense, Lisandro Martinez paired the center back with Raphael Varane. Luke Shaw and Diogo Dalot are options on the flanks.

MU’s starting line-up against Leeds United

Fortunately, Diogo Dalot returned in time and started, thereby sharing the burden with Aaron Wan-Bissaka on the right wing. In the wooden frame, David de Gea is still guaranteed the main starting position. On the other side of the front line, interim coach Michael Skubala also used a 4-2-3-1 formation with Bamford kicking the highest in attack, supporting him with Sinisterra, Gnonto and Harrison. In central midfield, Adams plays alongside McKennie. In defense, Koch played a pair of central defenders with Wober, the two wings were Ayling and Struijk, in the wooden frame Illan Meslier was still trusted.

Right in the first minute, Leeds United opened the scoring. From the loss of the ball from Bruno Fernandes, the away team got on the ball very quickly. Patrick Bamford passed the ball to Wilfried Gnonto to go straight into the home team’s penalty area, without much pressure from MU’s defenders, No. 29 comfortably made a tight shot and a close angle that made David de Gea fly all the way but also unstoppable. An early goal definitely makes this match a lot more interesting.

Leeds opened the scoring in the first minute

There was a goal to open the score early, but Leeds had just received a loss in terms of force. Accordingly, Sinisterra was injured and had to give way to Crysencio Summerville. In the 11th minute, from a corner, the ball was messy in the MU penalty area. Struijk shot in from close range but David de Gea’s fingertips saved the Reds. Leeds is playing very good counter-attack defense at Old Trafford.

It took until the 14th minute for MU to have the first remarkable finish. From the free kick, the ball is hung in the Leeds penalty area. A white shirt player broke the ball to Sabitzer’s position, MU’s rookie made a kick from a distance but the ball went over the crossbar. After conceding a goal, the home team is creating great pressure on the away team’s goal, they are doing everything to find an equalizer. 3 minutes later Bruno Fernandes stole the ball from the opponent’s feet, before passing the ball very quickly to Garnacho. However, in a favorable position, he could not score. No. 49’s kick sent the ball wide of the post.

Leeds continued to suffer in terms of force when Pascal Struijk was injured and had to leave the field to make way for Junior Firpo. By the 27th minute, MU had one more opportunity but could not take advantage. Bruno Fernandes quickly passed the ball to Garnacho, the young Argentinian passed the away goalkeeper before making a shot, but Wober promptly cleared the ball right on the goal line.

MU rushed to find an equalizer after conceding a goal

MU is playing full attack. In the 31st minute, Sabitzer had another quality shot from a distance, but goalkeeper Meslier flew to save Leeds United. 10 minutes later Leeds also had a very remarkable ball. Bamford made the wall release for Gnonto to finish, but Martinez played to rescue MU. In the 3rd minute of injury time of the first half, from a corner, the ball was cleared by the Leeds defender and Fred crossed the ball, but the ball went over the crossbar.

It was also the last chance in the first half. Such a surprise happened at Old Trafford when Leeds led MU 1-0 after the first 45 minutes. Surely in the second half, the Red Devils will have to put all their efforts to find a goal, they will not accept defeat at home, especially against a team that is in the bottom group. Only 3 minutes after the second half started, MU had to receive the second goal. From the situation of losing the ball Garnacho, Crysencio Summerville made a cross from the edge to the center, the ball hit the center-back Varane changed direction, causing the ball to change direction. David de Gea could only watch. Now the difficulty will be much greater for the Old Trafford team.

In the 54th minute, Bruno Fernandes opened the ball very openly for Marcus Rashford to receive the ball near the opponent’s penalty area, he made a very tight shot but the ball went wide of Meslier’s goal. Coach Ten Hag decided to make changes in the attack, and Weghorst and Garnacho were withdrawn from the field to make room for Sancho and Facundo Pellistri. Surely the Red Man will continue to play offensively in the remaining minutes of the match.

MU’s efforts finally helped them get a goal. In the 62nd minute, substitute Facundo Pellistri gave the ball to Dalot to make an accurate cross for Marcus Rashford to head close to the wall to shorten the score to 1-2. The English player continued to show his charm to score at Old Trafford.

Rashford regained 1 goal for MU
Rashford regained 1 goal for MU

In the 69th minute, Rashford made a favorable pass for Bruno Fernandes to finish at close range, but the number 8 shot the ball to hit an away player. 1 minute later, MU equalized the score 2-2. Dalot provided an assist to substitute Jadon Sancho’s technical shot inside the box to beat Meslier, equalizing the score 2-2.

In the 78th minute, Bruno Fernandes crossed the ball for Varane to make a header from close range, but goalkeeper Meslier made an excellent save. 2 minutes later Bruno Fernandes made a very long shot, but the ball went over the goal of the away team. MU is still pressing the field completely, they want to win all 3 points at home.

In the 85th minute, Luke Shaw crossed the ball to Bruno Fernandes to head in close to the goal, but the ball went wide of the visitors’ goal. 2 minutes later, Bruno took a free kick to let Marcus Rashford cross the ball into the close range, but goalkeeper Meslier poured in to save. Red Man is still creating great pressure in the last minutes of the match.

Sancho helps MU regain 1 point against Leeds United
Sancho helps MU regain 1 point against Leeds United

The second half has 5 minutes of extra time. In the first minute of injury time, Fred made a technical shot from a distance but Meslier flew to hug the ball. That was also the last remarkable situation of this match. With only a 2-2 draw result, MU is in danger of being widened the gap by the two leading teams. The Red Man also ended a streak of 13 consecutive victories at home.


MU:  1 David de Gea, 19 R. Varane, 23 L. Shaw, 20 Diogo Dalot, 6 Lisandro Martinez, 15 M. Sabitzer, 17 Fred, 8 Bruno Fernandes, 27 W. Weghorst, 10 M. Rashford, 49 A. garnacho

Leeds United: 1 I. Meslier, 2 L. Ayling, 5 R. Koch, 39 M. Wober, 21 P. Struijk, 12 T. Adams, 11 J. Harrison, 28 W. McKennie, 9 P. Bamford, 23 L. Sinisterra, 29 W. Gnonto

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