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Leeds 0-0 Manchester United: Three Things We Learned

Harry Kettle in Editorial, English Premier League 26 Apr 2021

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Leeds United and Manchester United have been two of English football’s biggest juggernauts for many years now and after their eight-goal thriller earlier on this season, many were hoping and somewhat expecting to see something similar yesterday. Alas, that didn’t wind up being the case, with both sides playing out a goalless draw at Elland Road.

The growth of Leeds

In games like this earlier on in the season, Leeds would’ve been shipping goals for fun whilst simultaneously turning the whole afternoon into a shootout. Now, though, there’s a maturity within the squad that even Marcelo Bielsa is recognising. It’s the sort of change that is bound to bode well for them heading into next season and after avoiding defeat against Leicester, City, Chelsea, Liverpool and now United, nobody can question their credentials and nobody can underestimate what they’re able to produce.

City crowning imminent

As a result of Manchester United dropping points, it is now possible for Manchester City to win the league title next weekend. Some think it’s unlikely with United still being able to put up a good fight against rivals Liverpool but regardless of who you may support or the bias you may have, it’s safe to say the title is heading to the blue half of Manchester. City have earned the right to have their name back on the trophy and at this stage, it almost feels like an entirely foregone conclusion – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

What’s next for Manchester United?

Manchester United have to regroup this summer and, while they do need to focus on trying to win the Europa League, they also have to think about their options in the summer transfer window. They have the money and resources necessary to bring in a whole host of new stars and we’re really interested to see what kind of deals they attempt to make. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already proven himself to be the right man for the job on several occasions and the next test comes in the transfer market. If they can hold their own, we’ll be really excited for the next chapter of their journey.

Match Report

Leeds: Meslier (7.5), Alioski (6.5), Struijk (7.5), Llorente (7), Ayling (7.5), Phillips (8), Harrison (6.5), Roberts (6.5), Dallas (6.5), Costa (6), Bamford (6), Poveda-Ocampo (6), Klich (6), Koch (6)

Manchester United: Henderson (7), Wan-Bissaka (8), Lindelof (7), Maguire (7), Shaw (7.5), McTominay (7), Fred (7), James (7), Fernandes (7), Rashford (6.5), Greenwood (7), Cavani (6), van de Beek (6.5), Pogba (6.5)

Referee: Craig Pawson

Goals: N/A

Yellow Cards: Alioski, Ayling, Roberts, Bamford, Maguire

Red Cards: N/A

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Harry Kettle


Harry is a University of Worcester graduate who has been writing professionally for the last two years. He specialises in several sports such as MMA, pro wrestling and athletics, with football being his primary love. He continues to dream of a life in the Premier League as a Wolves fan.

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