July 17, 2019
Manchester United beat Leeds United 4-0 in the second pre-season friendly at the Optus Stadium in Perth, Australia on Wednesday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be happy with the victory over a rival team at this stage of the summer which will do the squad well ahead of the upcoming matches against Inter Milan, Tottenham Hotspur, Kristiansund and AC Milan ahead of the Premier League opener against Chelsea.
17-year-old Mason Greenwood opened the scoring in the seventh minute of the match after Paul Pogba played a through ball into Aaron Wan-Bissaka with the right-back making the run up the right-wing. He crossed the ball into Greenwood who tapped in his first goal of pre-season, something he will be pleased with, as will his manager.
Twenty minutes later, United doubled their lead through Marcus Rashford. United had pressured Leeds for several minutes in the run
Six minutes into the second half, United had won a corner. Andreas Pereira took it, lofted the ball into the box and the rising head of Phil Jones slotted the ball into the back of the net to make it 3-0 to United. It seems that the Leeds supporters in Australia were a little too optimistic in thinking that their team would beat United today. Oops.
United won a penalty in the 69th minute after Tahith Chong was taken out inside the box by Liam Cooper. Anthony Martial stepped up to take the spot-kick, putting it into the back of the net as cool as you like. United was 4-0 up against the Yorkshire club, something they will want to forget. But it is only pre-season, which would not be the case if they had not been on the receiving end of this battering.
Man of the Match: Paul Pogba
The Frenchman played well in the first half of the match and played a part in the opening goal, playing the ball to Wan-Bissaka. Pogba can be a great player for this club and hopefully, he can sort his future out and decide whether he wants to remain at the club or not. When he came back to United, he said he had unfinished business here. That business has not been taken care of, so if he wants to take care of it, he will need to stay. It will be a season that could create something for the club.
Goals: Mason Greenwood 7′, Marcus Rashford 27′, Phil Jones 51′, Anthony Martial (penalty) 69′
Assists: Aaron Wan-Bissaka 7′, Scott McTominay 27′, Andreas Pereira 51′
Manchester United: Romero (J. Pereira 46′); Wan-Bissaka (Young 46′), Lindelof (Jones 46′), Bailly (Smalling 46′), Rojo (Dalot 46′); McTominay (A. Pereira 46′), Pogba (Matic 46′ (Garner 78′); Greenwood (Chong 46′), Mata (Gomes 46′), James (Lingard 46′); Rashford (Martial 46′)
Substitutes Not Used: Tuanzebe