Leeds 0-2 Man Utd: Marcus Rashford scores again as Red Devils leave it late to net twice

Marcus Rashford netted again as Manchester United scored twice in the last ten minutes to beat Leeds United 2-0 in a fierce match at Elland Road.

Jadon Sancho made his first start in 16 weeks and captain Harry Maguire came into the XI for the match.

Erik ten Hag’s surprising selection also saw Tyrell Malacia drafted in, with Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez and Alejandro Garnacho dropping to the bench.

Leeds caretaker boss Michael Skubala has made two changes for his side’s second Premier League game against the Red Devils in the space of five days.

Pascal Struijk misses out after withdrawing from Wednesday’s 2-2 draw at Old Trafford with concussion, with Junior Firpo slotting in at left-back, while Crysencio Summerville returns to the starting line-up in place of Luis Sinisterra (muscle strain).

Play got off to an edgy start at Elland Road, where Leeds looked the brighter.

Crysencio Summerville struck over under pressure after David De Gea dealt with a near-post Patrick Bamford flick in the opening minutes.

Bruno Fernandes frustrated team-mates by dragging across the face of goal as Manchester United had their first shot in the 20th minute.

A tense first half ended goalless in West Yorkshire, where some of the fans traded grim chants about the Munich air disaster and the death of two Leeds fans in Istanbul.

Referee Paul Tierney did not have much control on matters on the field, where both teams had late chances.

Summerville was denied just before the break and Manchester United’s best chance came in stoppage time, when an error allowed Fernandes through to get away a low shot saved by Illan Meslier.

Poor Manchester United play meant De Gea had to deny Summerville and Jack Harrison having a chance within three minutes of the second period getting under way.

Leeds were swarming the visitors and Luke Ayling saw a volley from a clear free-kick deflect narrowly wide.

Both sides made alterations in search of an opener and visiting right-back Diogo Dalot came close in the 63rd minute with a thumping 20-yard strike that rattled the crossbar.

Manchester United broke the deadlock in the 80th minute.

Luke Shaw swung in a cross from the left and Rashford directed a header past Meslier. VAR checked for possible offside in the build-up and gave it the green light.

Five minutes from time Manchester United substitute Alejandro Garnacho raced through to fire home off the inside of the near post, to the delight of the travelling hordes.

Rashford thought he had scored his second of the afternoon in the 90th minute but the offside flag prevented him making it 3-0.

And Weghorst also thought he had made it 3-0, but his tap-in was ruled out.

More to follow…

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