Bruno Fernandes scored a hat-trick at a raucous Old Trafford as Manchester United made a stunning start to the new Premier League season with a 5-1 rout of old rivals Leeds.
Fernandes familiarly starred in a pulsating clash in front of almost 75,000 fans, opening the scoring (30) before settling an epic contest after a frantic second-half spell during which Luke Ayling’s spectacular strike had fleetingly pulled Leeds level.
Mason Greenwood (52) drilled Manchester United back ahead before Fernandes sent them clear in ruthless fashion (53, 60) to thrillingly kickstart a campaign Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has deemed “vitally important” as he bids to finally deliver silverware.
Paul Pogba recorded the fourth assist of his own imperious display when he teed up Fred for a fifth (68) and, in a further show of Manchester United might, made way late on for £73m arrival Jadon Sancho.
Solskjaer has declared “nothing is beyond” his players this term and with more recruits to unleash, as well as absent high-profile players to return, this irresistible attacking display sent an ominous early message of intent.
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Sancho had been named on the bench with Solskjaer admitting a disrupted pre-season made it “too soon” for a start, but the feverish mood inside Old Trafford was further heightened when Raphael Varane was introduced to the crowd ahead of kick-off