Bruno Fernandes scored a hat-trick and Paul Pogba supplied 4 assists as Manchester United thrashed Leeds 5-1 at a packed Old Trafford on Saturday to get their Premier League season off to a flying begin.
In entrance of 73,000, the largest soccer crowd within the United Kingdom since March 2020, United ran riot with their two midfield maestros sparking hope of a problem for a primary league title since Alex Ferguson retired as supervisor in 2013.
Fernandes gave the house facet a deserved half-time lead, however Leeds levelled early within the second-half via Luke Ayling’s beautiful strike.
However, with Pogba in scintillating kind, United had been to not be denied because the Frenchman teed up Mason Greenwood, Fernandes and Fred, whereas Fernandes accomplished his first United hat-trick in thumping trend.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s males completed a distant second to Manchester City within the Premier League final season with any hope of a title problem undone by their poor document in entrance of an empty Old Trafford.
The Theatre of Dreams was reworked right into a cacophony of noise by a full home, which resulted in an analogous transformation on the sphere from United.
The residence followers had been on their toes even earlier than a ball was kicked to welcome Raphael Varane because the French centre-back was paraded on the pitch following his arrival from Real Madrid for a reported £40 million ($55 million).
Varane was not registered in time to make his debut, whereas United’s different massive cash signing of the summer time Jadon Sancho began on the bench.
United had been additionally with out Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani, however that allowed Pogba to star in his favoured position on the left of a entrance three.
The 28-year-old has once more been the supply of hypothesis in latest weeks after starring for France in an in any other case disappointing Euro 2020 for the world champions.
But Pogba lastly produced his worldwide kind for United as he surpassed his tally of assists for the whole 2020/21 league season inside 90 minutes.
The solely blot on the previous Juventus midfielder’s day was his ending as he slotted vast with simply Illan Meslier to beat halfway via the first-half.
Fernandes confirmed Pogba methods to do it as United lower Leeds aside for the opening aim.
Pogba’s dinked ball excessive completely picked out the Portuguese and Meslier couldn’t hold out his highly effective effort regardless of getting his foot to it.
Leeds had been fortunate to go in at half-time just one aim behind and regarded to have regrouped on the break after they levelled in beautiful trend three minutes into the second-half.
Ayling strode ahead from right-back to unleash an unstoppable effort from 25 yards into the highest nook for his first ever Premier League aim.
However, the jubilation of the travelling Leeds help was short-lived due to Pogba’s imaginative and prescient 4 minutes later.
Greenwood was the recipient of the defence-splitting go this time as he sprinted away from Pascal Struijk and fired precisely in off the far submit.
Fernandes then slotted residence his second of the afternoon from one other Pogba go earlier than finishing his first United hat-trick in model with a thumping end into the roof of the online from Victor Lindelof’s lengthy ball.
Leeds had been thrashed 6-2 on their first league go to to Old Trafford for 16 years final season and Marcelo Bielsa’s males headed again to Yorkshire with their tails between their legs as soon as extra as United ran riot.
Pogba’s fourth help of the afternoon teed up Fred to fit residence a uncommon aim from the sting of the field.
Solskjaer may then afford the luxurious of handing Sancho his debut with the sport gained because the £73 million winger and Anthony Martial had been launched for the ultimate quarter-hour.
They couldn’t add to the rating, however United’s work was already accomplished as they despatched out an early warning to their title rivals.