Leeds’ victory may have brought them into the top half, although Manchester United’s major win would have taken them to third place.
The early brace of Scott McTominay set Manchester United on their way on Sunday evening to a 6-2 victory over Leeds United.
Bruno Fernandes and then Victor Lindelof added two more before Liam Cooper gave a faint glimmer of hope to Marcelo Bielsa’s side before the end of the first half.
United gave themselves a brilliant start when in the first three minutes Leeds’ defence – far worse than United’s – shipped two McTominay goals.
Leeds put United under pressure in the second half, but it was Dan James – rumored to be a January target for his opponents – who ended the deadlock in the second half to make it five. Minutes later, Bruno Fernandes converted a penalty, and with a perfect shot curved in from a distance, Stuart Dallas took one back.
United finished the day in third position in the table as the team managed to pepper the goal in the dying minutes of the game. Leeds remain 14th.
Manchester United – Leeds United 6-2
Goals: McTominay (2,3), Fernandes (20,70(p)), Lindelöf (37), James (66), Cooper (42), Dallas (73)
Man Utd: de Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw (Telles 60), McTominay, Fred, James, Bruno Fernandes (van de Beek 71), Rashford (Cavani 71), Martial.
Leeds: Meslier, Dallas, Ayling, Cooper (Davis 72), Alioski, Phillips (Struijk 45), Dias Belloli, Rodrigo, Klich (Shackleton 45), Harrison, Bamford.