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Leeds 0-0 Manchester United: Red Devils settle for a point against old foes

But on a day when United fans flew a banner over Elland Road calling for the Glazer family to go, Leeds supporters pinned an open letter to the gates of the stadium calling for the FA to punish the Greedy Six, as they put it.

Two rival factions, united in the hatred of the European Super League and the people behind it.

One of the great shames of behind-closed-doors football is that this of all fixtures did not have fans present to provide the atmosphere it deserves.

United enjoyed marginally more possession and the better chances but were not at their sharpest as they stretched their club record number of games unbeaten away in the league to 24.

For their part, Leeds went six consecutive Premier League matches unbeaten for the first time since 2002. That run was ended by a 4-3 defeat to United here which included two goals from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Norwegian made just one change to his line-up, starting Dan James – who was strongly linked with a move to Leeds before he joined United from Swansea – and leaving Paul Pogba on the bench for 76 minutes ahead of Thursday’s Europa League semi-final against Roma.

Harry Maguire bundled the first attempt over the bar in the 12th minute from Bruno Fernandes’ delivery before the Portuguese star curled another effort over the bar.

When Ayling, who was involved in a fascinating duel with Marcus Rashford, cleared out United’s No.10 before half-time, Fernandes whipped in another free kick that Bamford headed over his own bar.

And when Roberts was booked for going through Marcus Greenwood shortly afterwards, Luke Shaw floated over a set-piece from the right but Scott McTominay failed to make contact with the ball in front of goal.

It was Rashford’s turn on the stroke of half-time and he caught it sweetly enough, but his 25-yard free kick was brilliantly tipped over by Illan Meslier as he stuck out an arm to turn the ball over.

Fernandes steered the ball wide of the far post in an equally tight second half, but Leeds had their moments too.

It could have been a very different game if the VAR officials had taken a different view of an incident in the 19th minute when Shaw cut out Jack Harrison’s pass into the box and the ball hit the United defender high on his arm.

Stuart Dallas then aimed a shot straight at Dean Henderson from a promising position, and Helder Costa’s effort looped over Henderson and onto the top of the net when it was blocked by Wan-Bissaka.

So honours even. It wasn’t what we have come to expect from this fixture, but then again this has been anything but a normal week.

John NM
John is a web developer, Internet marketer and Editorial staff at NOUN Portal and Sportstribunal .

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