Manchester United hammer neighbours Leeds United 6-2 at Old Trafford

An early brace from Scott McTominay coupled with first half strikes from Bruno Fernandes and Victor Lindelof ensured a dominant three points for Solskjaer.

Leeds have established a reputation as fast starters this season, but the tables were turned in Manchester as McTominay smashed home twice inside the first five minutes.

With Leeds still settling into the surroundings they cheaply lost the ball in midfield, Fernandes slipped in McTominay and he arrowed one past Illan Meslier.

And with the confidence soaring through him, McTominay repeated the trick two minutes later as he latched onto Anthony Martial’s pass to make it 2-0.

United then simply laid siege to Leeds’ goal before the break as Fernandes swept home a loose ball and Lindelof sharply fired home from a corner.

Leeds skipper Liam Cooper did nod home a glimmer of hope for Marcelo Bielsa before the break, but it was a mountain to climb in the second half.

But any team built by Bielsa will always fight back against the odds and David De Gea was forced to make a point blank stop from Raphinha on 56 minutes.

And any slim chance of a dramatic turnaround was ended by the hosts with 25 to play as Dan James netted his first of the season.

McTominay turned provider this time round, with a driving run and ball into the Welshman, who confidently tucked away past Meslier.

But the rampant hosts were not finished there as Fernandes tucked home from the spot for six before Stuart Dallas smacked home another consolation.

United did almost match Liverpool’s seven goals from yesterday, as Meslier denied Edinson Cavani late on, but in the end Solskjaer was forced to settle for a sexy six.

Full Time at Old Trafford it’s Manchester United 6 Leeds United 2

Premier League: Southampton vs Manchester United

Saints are unbeaten in their last six, winning four of those games, and are fifth in the table going into the weekend, as whispers of a finish in the European places begin to grow on the South coast.

Ralph Hassenhuttl will be hoping his side can continue to manage without top scorer Danny Ings, with Theo Walcott netting his first goal for Southampton in almost 15 years against Wolves last week in his absence.

Walcott is set to continue his partnership with Che Adams when United come to town, as Southampton have no new injury worries from that game at Molineux.

Will Smallbone may come back into contention after missing the draw with a hamstring problem, but Nathan Redmond won’t make it due to a hamstring injury. Defender Mohamed Salisu is back training with the team but not expected to be part of the squad.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be without Paul Pogba, who is struggling with a swollen ankle. The injury kept him out of the win over Istanbul Basaksehir in the week and he is rated at 50/50 for the visit to St Mary’s. Donny Van De Beek should continue in midfield alongside Bruno Fernandes.

Jesse Lingard continues to self-isolate after coming into contact with a COVID positive person, while defensive trio Phil Jones, Luke Shaw and Eric Bailly are both longer-term absentees.

Solskjaer is hoping Victor Lindelof and Aaron Wan-Bissaka shake off back and ankle injuries in time for selection, after both were withdrawn early the Champions League win on Tuesday night.

A fourth straight win would further ease the pressure on the Norwegian manager, after rumours of his sacking intensified earlier this month, and move his side closer to the pack chasing Liverpool and Tottenham at the top of the league.

Southampton could leapfrog Chelsea with a win ahead of their game with Spurs later on Sunday afternoon, and continue their dream start into the congested Christmas period.

Southampton take on Manchester United on Sunday, November 29th. Kick-off is at 2pm.

Manchester United sweating on fitness of Victor Lindelof

The defender was forced off in the 67th minute whilst playing for Sweden against France in a Nations League game on Tuesday.

The Swedes eventually lost 4-2 to the World Cup winners at the Stade de France, with United’s Paul Pogba playing the full 90 minutes and fellow teammate Anthony Martial on the bench.

It has been revealed that Lindelof’s substitution was due to a back issue, something the centre-half is said to have been suffering with for a while.

Manchester United face relegation-threatened West Brom in the Premier League at the weekend and boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping the defender comes back from international duty in good enough shape to feature against the Baggies.

United have not enjoyed their start to the Premier League season and are currently 14th in the table having endured their worst beginning to a league campaign for a number of years.

To make matters worse for Solskjaer, there is still confusion over the availability of Brazil full-back Alex Telles, who tested positive for coronavirus for a second time whilst away with his country.

The new Old Trafford signing had already missed two weeks of action before the international break due to self-isolation and it is currently uncertain as to whether he’ll be available against West Bromwich Albion.

Telles did feature on the bench for the Selecao in their recent game against Uruguay but never came on – despite allegedly contracting Covid-19 for a second time.

Crystal Palace seal shock 3-1 Premier League win at Manchester United

Palace rode their luck after the break, but a below par United can have few complaints about losing their first game of the new season.

The visitors looked to stay compact and hit United on the counterattack in the early stages, and that paid off perfectly after just seven minutes.

Mamadou Sakho’s pass fed Jeff Schlupp in behind the United defence and his low cross flew across the box with Townsend arriving on cue to tuck home at the far post.

That early setback rocked United, with Paul Pogba’s long range effort their only chance inside the first 45 minutes.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer threw on Mason Greenwood after the break, but the teenager wasted a brilliant chance to equalise on the hour mark.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah’s cross was perfect for the England international, but his free header flashes wide of the post.

That miss was to prove crucial for United, as Palace were handed an early season present by VAR with twenty minutes to go.

Referee Martin Atkinson chose to go with the technology and award the softest of soft penalties against Victor Lindelof.

United were initially handed a reprieve as David De Gea saved Jordan Ayew penalty, but Atkinson firmly removed himself from Solskjaer’s Christmas card list by ordering a retake.

Zaha pulled rank on Ayew for the second spot kick as the former United man fired past De Gea.

The hosts did look to rally in the closing stages, as debutant Donny van der Beek slotted home, but
Palace’s pace and power on the counter proved the difference once again.

With United pushing high up in the Palace half, a long ball out of defence released Zaha yet again and he held off Lindelof to seal all three points.


Manchester United face Sevilla in Europa League semi final clash

The Norwegian has laid down the challenge to his players in midweek, by claiming that a semi final place is not enough for a club like United.

However, despite a rallying call from their boss, the United players will need to improve following their limp quarter final win over FC Copenhagen.

Bruno Fernandes’ extra time penalty saw them through, but United struggled against the Danes.

Eric Bailly is the only new fitness issue for Solskjaer, and Victor Lindelof could step in alongside Harry Maguire.

For Sevilla, despite the famous comments of John Aldridge and Ray Wilkins, are no push over in Europe.

In fact, Julen Lopetegui’s side are the Europa League most successful club, with three title wins in the last five seasons.

Lopetegui is expected to name an unchanged side from their win over Wolves.

Tomas Vaclik’s injury means that Bono, no not that one, this is the Moroccan international, will start, alongside former Manchester City star Jesus Navas.