McTominay and Fernandes inspire thrilling Man Utd win
Midfield duo score twice each in pulsating 6-2 victory against Leeds at Old Trafford.
Scott McTominay scored the earliest double in Premier League history as Manchester United earned a thrilling 6-2 victory over Leeds United at Old Trafford.
The Scot drilled in a superb opener from Bruno Fernandes’s pass before finishing Anthony Martial’s through-ball to put Man Utd two up inside three minutes.
Fernandes then started and finished a slick move to make it three, before Victor Lindelof made it 4-0 in the 37th minute after Martial flicked Luke Shaw’s corner into his path.
Liam Cooper pulled a goal back three minutes before the break and it took a splendid save by David De Gea in the home goal to push away Raphinha’s first-time volley on 50 minutes.
But any hopes of a fightback by Leeds were dashed on 66 minutes when McTominay turned provider for Daniel James to slot in a fifth.
Fernandes added a sixth goal from the penalty spot after Martial had been fouled, before Stuart Dallas scored a spectacular consolation for Leeds in a match featuring 43 shots.
Man Utd’s biggest win of 2020/21 moves them up to third, five points behind Liverpool with a match in hand. Leeds are 14th with 17 points.
Man Utd: 26 Dec v Leicester (A)
Leeds: 27 Dec v Burnley (H)
Referee: Anthony Taylor. Assistants: Gary Beswick, Adam Nunn. Fourth official: Chris Kavanagh. VAR: Kevin Friend. Assistant VAR: Simon Beck.