Cristiano Ronaldo skills vs Leeds United
The tension, as usual, was palp’able at Elland Road, with the home fans cheering their lu’ngs out to unnerve the Red Devils. Thankfully, the Manch’ester United stars decided to put on quite a show for the tra’veling fans, sealing a commanding 4-2 win over the Peac’ocks. The victory saw them stay put in fourth place, stee’ring four points ahead of fifth-placed West Ham Un’ited.
As has been the norm this sea’son, Manchester United were not in control of the match in t’he opening minutes. The first big chance of the match fe’ll to the Whites’ left-winger Jack Harrison. Sadly for t’he hosts, the Englishman could not keep his volleyed eff’ort on target.
For the visitors, it was Cris’tiano Ronaldo who had a gilt-edged chance to break the dea’dlock just before the half-hour mark. The Portuguese surpr’isingly failed to convert from close range, hitt’ing the ball straight at Illan Meslier. A few minutes lat’er, Harry Maguire converted from Luke Shaw’s corn’er, silencing Elland Road for the first time on Sunday afte’rnoon.
Bruno Fernandes then joined the pa’rty in first-half injury-time, nodding in Jadon Sa’ncho’s inviting cross from close range.
The 2-0 lead looked comfortable fo’r the Red Devils at that point, but a quickfire doub’le from Rodrigo and Raphinha minutes after the half-ti’me break leveled the scoreline for Leeds.
Not resting on their laurels, the Whit’es pushed for the winner, which ultimately allowed Ralf Rang’nick’s men to hit on the break. Goals from substitu’tes Fred and Anthony Elanga restored United’s two-goal cush’ion, ensuring a 2-4 win for them in the e’nd.
Here are five Manchester sta’rs who stood out in their crucial win over a fierce riva’l on Sunday afternoon:
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