Leeds United vs Manchester United, summary: Garnacho goal, goals, stats & highlights | Premier League 2022-23
Leeds United vs Manchester United: as it happened
I'll get on the Man Utd post-match quotes as they come in, but for now, why don't you check out the Super Bowl LVII live feed?
I said it was a battle!
10 fouls by Leeds (2 yellow cards)
13 by Manchester United (1 yellow card)
Erik ten Hag post-match coming up shortly...
"We played really well for 80 minutes, we gave it our all.
We had some big chances, in the second half especially. They are the moments that change games. We had them pinned in during the second half.
They had one chance and you can't give a player who's got that much confidence so much time in the box. But we have to take the positives.
We can be proud in a week that's been tricky for the club.
If we score, maybe we go on to win the game.
Our fans have always been with us, we know we have them behind us.
Skoobs and his staff have done brilliantly, let's see what next week brings.
"I'm really proud of the group. I thought we had more of the game and tried to win it. I thought we were on top for long periods and created chances. I'm deflated that we haven't got anything out of it.
It's helpful for everybody that we know which direction of travel we're going in. But the players are calm and the club need to make the right decision. It's a great group of players who'll leave nothing in the tank."
We thought Rutter could get in behind a little bit more but I thought we were comfortable still and would nick things."
There may be a light at the end of the tunnel
According to Mike McGrath of The Daily Telegraph, ex-Ten Hag assistant Alfred Schreuder was at Elland Road to watch the game and is a "serious contender" for the job. Watch this space...
The managers' comments will be coming up shortly...
A busy day for the record breaker!
400th game, 400 saves (probably) and a clean sheet! What more could he ask for?
And as for Man Utd:
Are we now saying they're title contenders?
Manchester City play later today but surely now Manchester United must be considered as one of the favourites to win the league, right? Especially if Arsenal's blip turns into a run and Marcus Rashford keeps scoring at such an amazing rate.
Here's how things look for Leeds:
They sit just one point above the drop and play Everton away in their next fixture, which is going to be a huge tie.
A six-pointer, if you'll allow the cliché. it remains to be seen if they will have a new manager by then or if it will be Skoobs in charge. I like Skoobs.
Leeds United release a statement at full-time
"Both clubs strongly condemn chanting from both sets of fans regarding historic tragedies at today’s game. Such behaviour is completely unacceptable and we will continue to work together with our respective fan groups and the Premier League, and other authorities on eradicating it from football."
This comes after the Manchester United fans were singing about the deaths of Leeds fans in Turkey; Leeds fans were also singing about the Munich Air Disaster, two wholly unacceptable things to do.
As for Leeds, they will rue all the missed chances and mistakes Manchester United made due to their excellent pressure throughout. Given the chances, Manchester United will feel very lucky to have managed the win today.
They are still without a manager, but perhaps two strong performances against a good side can convince the new coach that they have more to give in the season. Going off the two performances under Skoobs and the gang, that certainly looks to be the case.
And that's all!
Manchester United get the win in an incredibly feisty game.
Whether they deserved the win or not is up for debate, but what's certain is that they will be delighted to get out of Elland Road with all three points and all their limbs intact.
The corner came in and Weghorst got on the rebound, but he was in an offside position as he tapped the ball in the net.
The game is almost over, but the challenges have not stopped flying in; Wöber this time comes crashes in on Fred.
4 minutes added.
Rashford was just offside as Bruno Fernandes played the pass in behind.
Into the final minute...
Manchester United attack 2 vs 1 but Garnacho's shot is blocked!
AARONSON SHOOTS WIDE!
Leeds are having a late surge of energy...
WÖBER GOES CLOSE FOR LEEDS
He got on the end of a dangerous free kick from Greenwood, and almost poked the ball in.
A simple ball on the left reaches the winger, who races in behind and slides the ball past Meslier.
Leeds don't have any more to give.
Leeds are chasing the ball now instead of standing off, giving a little more space to the away team to progress.
Well, that's what happens when you don't take your chances: the better quality team only needs one to punish you.
A long ball landed at Shaw's feet and his cross was met by Rashford, who headed into the corner past Meslier.
HUGE SAVE FROM DE GEA!
Another mistake leads to Summerville breaking away and driving a low effort towards goal, which is well saved by the Spaniard.
Meslier comes out of his goal to head away a long ball from Manchester United. Huge cheers from the crowd.
Leeds have just come into the game again after a late surge of energy from Gnonto, who left his position to go over and help out on the right wing. When he does that, he leaves my 'close' side of the pitch, and looks absolutely tiny.
Fred shoves Aaronson off the ball after a ludicrous back-heel touch from Gnonto kept the ball in play. What a player Leeds have got on their hands.
Leeds are not letting Manchester United play out from the back at all. Harry Maguire is the only player not under constant pressure. Make of that what you will.
Maguire holds onto the ball for at least 15 seconds before kicking it, under no pressure, to Leeds' Summerville.
Safe to say the defender has not had his best game today.
AYLING OVERHEAD KICK!!
INTO DE GEA'S HANDS!
It came from a high ball after a corner was poorly defended. Another chance for Leeds after a Manchester United mistake.
Firpo goes on a frankly incredible run all the way from left-back to right wing and slips in Summerville, whose cross is blocked.
The game is slowly losing its structure... I can feel it in the air.
Ayling goes to ground well to stop Garnacho from reaching a dangerous pass behind the defence.
Rutter does excellently to spin away and play wide to Gnonto, who whips in a dangerous cross.
The Italian then finds the ball on the edge of the box after a clearance and hits a shot into De Gea's hands.
Koch shepherds Rashford well as the Englishman looked to get in behind with the ball down Leeds' left.
Manchester United are growing into the game.
DALOT FIRES OFF THE CROSSBAR!!!
The ball fell to the right back and he rifled a ferocious shot off the bar from the edge of the box.
8 shots for Leeds; 3 for Manchester United
Malacia and Sancho OFF
Martínez and Garnacho ON
Rutter's first touch on the ball is cut out and Manchester United counter.
That man McKennie is there againto recover possession for the home team. What a performance.
Koch heads just over! It looks like it was deflected by Shaw.
A big hug from Skoobs for Bamford, who has run excellently today.
Patrick Bamford OFF
Georginio Rutter ON
Harrison wins a corner after a good run down the right.
Manchester United with some more possession into nothingness.
Bruno tackled again by McKennie. He goes down again.
Rashford goes down in the box after a challenge from Ayling but the referee says there is nothing in it from the defender.
Back underway. Bruno Fernandes was absolutely fine.
Bruno Fernandes is down, holding his face.
Fred flicks the ball out for a corner but the linesman gives a goal kick, a decision which does not go down well with the crowd, as you might imagine.
AYLING HITS A SHOT INCHES WIDE!
Manchester United can't cope!
A Leeds free-kick lands at Ayling's feet but his shot bobbles just wide of thr post. De Gea couldn't see it.
ANOTHER CHANCE FOR LEEDS!
Bamford gets the ball after another away side error in buildup but his touch is poor and Ten Hag's team recover.
Ayling broke down the right after another Manchester United mistake and his cross was met by Harrison, who shot just wide of goal.
HARRISON FIRES JUST WIDE!
Leeds are tearing Manchester United apart!
Another strong start from Leeds...
McKENNIE GOES CLOSE!
Gnonto's cross is headed over the bar by the American!
CHANCE FOR LEEDS!
SUMMERVILLE FIRES AT DE GEA!
Leeds had the chance to play around the Manchester United defence and Summerville shot from the edge of the box. Saved by De Gea.
Maguire leaves a long ball to De Gea, fired forward by Wöber, who was pressed instantly.
Leeds kick us off - no changes at the break.
The players are back out for the second half!
Bruno's been busy, too
Although jut one shot for Manchester United is not a great look. Might we see a change for the second half?
Summervile has been everywhere!
He's certainly been a protagonist in today's game - will he get on the scoresheet?
What a fiery game of football. It was everything we expected, to be honest, with huge tackles flying left, right and centre.
Leeds will be happy with that half, they battled well and matched Manchester United, keeping them mostly at bay despite a few late chances.
As for Ten Hag, he may be feeling that his side can do more in both attack and defence, with their biggest chance coming from a Leeds United error.
Let's see if we get any goals in the second half!
And there we go!
MANCHESTER UNITED GO CLOSE!
A corner is fired in and headed just wide; Leeds survive again.
3 added minutes.
MESLIER WITH A HUGE SAVE!!!
Wöber makes a huge mistake and leaves Bruno Fernandes free on his own with Meslier. The Portuguese fires a low shot to the corner but Meslier stops it incredibly!
WHAT A HUGE CHANCE FOR LEEDS!!
The winger burned past Malacia and his shot is saved onto Maguire, who stops the ball with his back - he knew nothing about it.
What a huge opportunity to open the scoring.
Wöber steps in to stop Rashford from finding space behind the Leeds defence and Summerville collects the loose ball.
Ayling wins the ball again as Manchester United break down the left. He's having a great game so far.
Rashford is down after a heavy tackle from McKennie, who is booked.
He looks OK to continue.
Bruno tries a chipped shot and it's easily saved by Meslier.
The player wants a handball... not given.
Harrison trips over his own feet and allows Manchester United in down the right. The cross comes in and Meslier deals with the ball.
Koch heads away a dangerous cross from Dalot. Manchester United have found some energy from somewhere.
A quick change of shirt and a drink of water and he's back.
Play is stopped as Tyler Adams gets blood cleared from his mouth and face. It's one of those games.
Harry Maguire makes a huge error and allows Harrison in behind on his own.
Luckily for the defender, he gets back and blocks the shot. That was a close call.
Rashford tries to chip the ball across the box from the left but Ayling gets in the way to stop the attempted pass to Weghorst.
Handbags now between Ayling and Malacia, who are fighting over a throw-in. Nice guy Marcus Rashford comes in and calms the situation. Everyone is friends now.
Again, Ayling gets on the cross and again his cross is poor.
Rashford breaks before switching play to Sancho, who is stopped by Gnonto.
Another free-kick to Leeds, this time for a tackle from Sancho on Gnonto. Practically in the same place as the same foul a minute ago.
Ayling gets on the end of the cross to put the ball back in the box but his effort is spooned high and wide.
Sabitzer brings down Gnonto is what is surprisingly not a booking, given what we've seen so far. Free-kick to Leeds on the left.
Harrison harries Harry Maguire and almost steals the ball from him inside the box. Luckily, De Gea is on hand to hoof it 50 yards forward.
Shaw heads away a clipped ball from Harrison that was heading for Bamford behind the defence.
The resulting ball ends with Bruno Fernandes, who crumbles to the ground after a tackle from Summerville.
We've had 9 fouls already so far (3 by Leeds and 6 by Manchester United) and they've all been strong challenges.
Bruno gets angry at the ref after bringing down Patrick Bamford.
Some sustained possession for Manchester United ends in a huge challenge from Firpo on Sancho (again): Quite the pair of battles brewing on either wing versus the Leeds full-backs.
Wöber slices a clearance and Manchester United recover the ball high up the pitch.
Leeds charge back to assume their positions in their defensive shape and plug the gaps, stopping any danger..
The free-kick is poor but a crazy touch from Rashford leaves the ball at Bamford's feet, but he can't get a good swing of his leg and the danger is cleared.
Fred goes into the naughty book for a late challenge on Summerville as the winger burned past him.
Bruno Fernandes receives the ball from the right and the Portuguese drags a weak shot wide of Meslier's goal. A half-chance that probably should have been put on target.
McKennie must have run 500 miles by now, he has been making tackles all over the pitch so far.
Firpo booked for a late tackle on Sancho. That looked sore.
Pressure from Bamford causes De Gea to loft the ball out for a throw, causing all the Manchester United players to complain.
Leeds are holding a 4-3-3 mid-block and while Manchester United are having more of the ball (64/36 possession), they haven't yet found a consistent way through.
Harrison tries the "Weghorst vs Argentina", trying to secretly slip in Bamford, but it's cut out by the opposition.
Free-kick for Leeds on the edge of the box after Harrison is tripped by Fred. This will be whipped towards goal.
Manchester United break down the left, but a sloppy pass from Weghorst whizzes past Rashford, who throws his arms in the air in despair.
Harrison fires in an early cross from the left towards Bamford, but the ball falls into David De Gea's grasp. Easy for Manchester United.
McKennie does well to fight off Fred as he bursts down the right. Leeds win a throw high up the pitch, which is sent into the box and cleared.
The Ayling vs Rashford battle is, once again, shaping up to be a ferocious one.
Manchester United attack and Leeds scramble back, missing challenges all over the pitch. Weghorst plays wide to Sancho who sees his cross blocked by Firpo.
Malacia is receiving treatment; the foul wasn't nasty, it was just heavy. He looks to be OK.
McKennie provokes groans from the fans after he plays a heavy pass that misses Summerville completely.
He immediately gets back on their good side after a big, big challenge on Malacia. Ouch.
A long free kick is misjudged by Dalot who allows Wöber to step in an play a cross across goal. Maguire doesn't deal with it and the ball falls to Summerville, who smashes over the bar from a few yards out.
HUGE CHANCE FOR LEEDS!!!
SUMMERVILLE JUST OVER THE BAR
Firpo crunches into Jadon Sancho, sending him flying. A stern start from Leeds.
So, no goal inside the first minute today...
A huge header won by Ayling in the first seconds gets an enormous roar from the crowd, who are booing every time Manchester United touch the ball.
And we're off!
Handshakes over, and it's the away side who will kick us off from to right to left.
Captains Luke Ayling and Harry Maguire lead out their teams onto the pitch - here we go!
The famous Marching On Together anthem rings around Elland Road...
The players are inn the tunnel...
Skoobs versus Erik ten Hag: will the rookie manager get another positive result or will the experience of the Dutchman be too much for Leeds?
Here are the starting lineups:
Ayling - Koch - Wöber - Firpo
McKennie - Adams
Summerville - Harrison - Gnonto
Dalot - Maguire - Shaw - Malacia
Sabitzer - Fred
Rashford - Fernandes - Sancho
Fifteen minutes to go!
The players are finishing up their warmups now on the Elland Road pitch as the fans pour in from all sides - it's hotting up inside the ground!
A surprise at Leeds' training during the week
Here's a video of some lovely lads making a child's dream come true. Tearfully delightful content: this is what football is all about.
It's a special day for the Spanish shot stopper...
It is David De Gea's 400th appearance today for a single club, and he becomes the first goalkeeper and the first non-British player ever to achieve this!
"It's rare to play twice against the same team in the same week, it's a second battle.
We want to beat them. We analysed and talked about the first game, I think we're ready.
We want a positive start, we will be ready to be aggressive from the start.
We want the fans to make a lot of noise, it's important for us. The noise can change the type of the game."
And here's some Manchester United news: they are reportedly keen on Barcelona superstar, Ansu Fati, who has fallen out of favour in Cataluña.
Weston McKennie, Leeds' newest signing, sounds like a lovely boy. And he's USMNT captain Tyler Adams' best friend.
Here's what he had to say about moving from Juventus to Leeds.
And now for the bottom:
Leeds, on the other hand, need a lifeboat. Maybe it's Skoobs and the gang, maybe somebody else. They've tried for Andoni Iraola at Rayo, but it is proving a difficult operation.
Sitting just one point above the drop zone, it becomes interesting to dissect exactly why Jesse Marsch claimed that they were not in a relegation battle, because it looks like one to me.
How things look at the top...
A win would see Manchester United temporarily jump past Manchester City, who have been as slippery as Arsenal in recent weeks.
It's incredibly tight at the top, with Newcastle circling just below like a stripy shark. The point gained yesterday against Bournemouth will have come as a huge relief for Ten Hag.
Manchester United starting XI:
Dalot - Maguire - Shaw - Malacia
Sabitzer - Fred
Rashford - Bruno Fernandes - Sancho
Leeds United starting XI:
Ayling - Koch - Wöber - Firpo
McKennie - Adams
Summerville - Harrison - Gnonto
Pascal Struijk will miss out after suffering concussion in the last game. Junior Firpo is expected to replace him.
Marc Roca, Liam Cooper and Luis Sinisterra all have a chance of making the game today and will be assessed in the buildup.
Antony misses out due to injury, as do Martial and McTominay. Added to that list are Christian Eriksen and Donny van de Beek.
Ten Hag will not be able to call on Casemiro due to him serving a suspension.
Pre-game numbers to whet the appetite:
Since we've got about 15 minutes or so before the teams come out, let's have a look at some stats that will surely get us going...
- Leeds have won just two of their last 18 league matches (D6, L10).
- All five of Manchester United's away wins this campaign have been by a single-goal.
- Leeds could equal their club record nine Premier League games without a win in the same season. Ouch.
- Rashford has already scored 22 goals, which is the same as his best ever season total (2019-20)
- The last time Leeds beat their northern rivals was in 2010, when a Jermaine Beckford goal put Leeds, then in League One, England's third division, through to the next round of the FA Cup.
- Man Utd have scored over 2.5 goals in six of their last seven matches against Leeds in all competitions
Leeds' Super Bowl links
A slightly less important sporting event than Leeds United vs Manchester United is happening later, called the Super Bowl. Heard of it?
Well, believe it or not, Leeds United has some NFL links, and they're not that Tyler Adams might have played it when he was a lad.
The San Francisco 49ers Investment Group (49ers Enterprises) actually own a stake in the club! And rumour has it that a full-scale buyout is on the horizon. Let's see if the US influence in the Premier League continues!
"Behind enemy lines"
Manchester United are certainly not on Leeds' Christmas card list - and vice-versa!
What happened to Marsch at Leeds?
Well, it never went right for the American at Leeds. He was brought in as a replacement for Marcelo Bielsa, who had achieved deity status at the club after securing promotion to the Premier League for the first time in 16 years.
His style was seen by the Leeds board as a nice transition from the high-octane Bielsa-ball, but it never took off. His ultra-narrow side was routinely chopped apart by other teams, who sliced Leeds open every week on the counter-attack, or a simple ball to the back post.
The club sat perilously over the relegation zone, despite the coach saying they were not in a relegation battle, results failed to come by. A few decent games against Bournemouth and Liverpool were enough to sustain his tenure over the World Cup break but since the restart, Leeds had looked frail and lacking confidence, with players increasingly becoming more frustrated as the matches trickled by.
And so, the board decided to relieve Marsch of his duties after a predictable loss to Nottingham Forest, in which Leeds looked decent without looking dangerous.
Michael Skubala, or Skoobs, as Jesse once called him, is in charge of a head coach triumvirate with Chris Armas and Paco Gallardo.
So, what happened last time?
Well, it was a thriller. Manager-less Leeds got off to a flying start, scoring in the opening minute as Willy Gnonto fired them ahead. Manchester United huffed and puffed but couldn't get past the revitalised Leeds setup under caretaker manager Michael Skubala, who set them up to defend in a more organised way than Jesse Marsch had managed.
Things went from bad to worse for Erik ten Hag's side as Varane tapped the ball into his own goal from close range to make it 0-2, but Rashford soon got one back, putting the away side on the ropes for the final stages of the game.
Jadon Sancho - remember him? - came on to give a new life to Manchester United and he grabbed the equaliser a few minutes from time, saving what would have been a bit of an embarrassment and a first home defeat for Manchester United at Old Trafford against Leeds since the 1970s.
We've seen this game before, right?
Yes. Last Wednesday.
Leeds play Manchester United twice in a week due to a quirk in the calendar: Queen Elizabeth II's funeral meant that the fixture had to be moved due to policing numbers (this game always requires a lot of them) and that's why the two sides are playing each other twice in a week. I wonder if they even got out of their kits.
Welcome along to the AS live coverage of the Premier League, and what a juicy football treat we've got today!
Leeds United vs Manchester United!
Well, they don't come any more raging and angry and fiery as this, one of England's great rivalries.
It's (a very excited) Joe here today to guide you through it all.
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