Elanga celebrates goal. Photo: BBC
Maguire, Fernandes, Fred, Elanga score for Manchester United
By Valentine Amanze
Manchester United on Sunday showed signs that they have rediscovered their scoring boots by hammering their neighbour, Leads United, 4-2 at Elland Road.
Manchester United’s dominance of the first half resulted in two goals scored by captain, Harry Harry Maguire; and Bruno Fernandes.
Maguire headed in Luke Shaw’s corner, while Fernandes did the same from Jadon Sancho’s cross right on half-time.
However, in the second half, Manchester United managed to survive a stirring Leeds United comeback at a highly-charged Elland Road to claim a crucial victory and maintain their grip on a top-four place in the Premier League.
In the first game in front of fans between the two old rivals at Elland Road since October 2003, they produced a fitting spectacle played out in a deluge and a predictably thunderous atmosphere.
Leeds, however, mounted a superb revival and were level with two goals inside a minute as Rodrigo’s 53rd-minute cross drifted in behind keeper, David de Gea, then substitute Raphinha sent Elland Road into raptures when he slid home a cross from Daniel James.
Manchester United gathered themselves, manager Ralf Rangnick made changes, and one of his substitutes produced the rewards as Fred drove in at Illan Meslier’s near post following more good work by Sancho with 20 minutes left – although Anthony Elanga was struck by objects thrown from the crowd amid the celebrations.
Elanga recovered to confirm Manchester United’s win with a composed finish two minutes from time from Fernandes’ pass.