Marcus Rashford and Alejandro Garnacho powered Manchester United to a late 2-0 victory against Leeds United at Elland Road.
Leeds dominated play at home after a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford four days earlier, with the tenacious Crysencio Summerville coming close on many occasions.
United’s attacking threat was limited to Diogo Dalot’s long-range shot that struck the crossbar after an hour.
Prior to Manchester City’s match against Aston Villa, United climbed to second place in the table courtesy to late, clinical performances from Rashford and Garnacho.
Despite Tyrell Malacia’s unease in his inverted full-back duty, the Dutch youngster was in a great position to press Summerville into firing over from close range in the fourth minute.
Summerville was denied by a combination of David de Gea and Harry Maguire in the 44th minute after Malacia botched Robin Koch’s long throw forward.
Max Wober’s mistake enabled Bruno Fernandes to get through on goal in first-half stoppage time, giving the impression that he would score. Illan Meslier, on the other hand, held his own and produced an incredible save.
Leeds came out of the halftime break with more verve and purpose than it has in the previous three halves of football between the rivals this week. Summerville, Jack Harrison, and Luke Ayling all received second chances.
Erik ten Hag replaced Lisandro Martinez and Garnacho just after the hour mark, but Dalot’s magnificent 30-yard shot struck the crossbar.
De Gea produced a trademark boot save in his 400th Premier League game to stop Summerville one more time before the final whistle. Rashford neatly headed home Luke Shaw’s wonderful cross after Garnacho benefitted from some great link play from Wout Weghorst.
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