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Rashford and Garnero Goals Secure Man United Win Over Leeds

12 February 2023, Sunday
Manchester United secured a 2-0 victory over Leeds United at Elland Road on Sunday, thanks to two goals from Marcus Rashford. The forward broke the deadlock in the 80th minute, guiding a cross from Luke Shaw into the back of the net past Illan Meslier in the Leeds goal. The result sees United move up to second in the table.

For David de Gea, it was a special moment as he made his 400th Premier League appearance for Manchester United; equalling Peter Schmeichel’s record. The goalkeeper was key in ensuring a clean sheet as United beat Southampton 2-0.

The breakthrough came in the 65th minute when Anthony Martial found the net with a powerful strike. Five minutes later, Alejandro Garnacho doubled United’s lead with a neat finish, after receiving a pass from Wout Weghorst.

Although forwards Crysencio Summerville and new signing Weston McKennie both impressed in the match, they were unfortunately unable to score.

At the end of the match, it was evident how much the win meant to both the players and the supporters at Old Trafford. Goalkeeper David de Gea reckoned that their well-deserved victory was down to their ability to keep a clean sheet throughout the game. Following the win, Manchester United move up to second in the table, one point ahead of Manchester City who take on Aston Villa later today. However, Leeds remain in the seventeenth spot.

Manchester United boss Eric ten Hag commented to the BBC that it was a hectic matchup, as expected. Initially, they lacked composure and were making bad choices with the ball, playing too hastily. After the substitutions, they became calmer and demonstrated a greater ability to dictate the gameplay.

Ten Hag also had praise for United striker Marcus Rashford, noting his impressive proficiency at scoring with either foot or his head, as well as his focus throughout the game.

Summerville's chances were scarce in the initial 45 minutes, with Leeds seeing a double of close attempts before Bruno Fernandes missed an excellent opportunity for the visitors. Ten Hag's squad had difficulty finding a way past their obstinate opponents until the in-form Rashford opened scoring with his 21st goal in all competitions. The barrier broken, chasms started to appear and sub Garnacho capitalized by putting the game to bed five minutes before the end with a smartly-executed solo effort.

The two sides were well acquainted, with a thrilling 2-2 draw occuring just four days previously at Old Trafford. The game was full of intensity from the off, yet Ten Hag's team failed to convert any openings of note as Leeds began strongly. Summerville was presented a great chance in the penalty area early on, but was thwarted by a great block from De Gea in the United goal.

Moments after Summerville was turned away, Fernandes was through on goal due to an error from Max Wober, yet Meslier managed to block him.

The second half was still close. Leeds had a series of near misses shortly after the interval, while Diogo Dalot had a shot that hit the crossbar from the guests.
However, it was once again down to one individual to save his squad from a difficult situation.

Shaw provided a precise cross which was met with an emphatic header from Rashford, sealing the game for England.
Garnacho's swiftness allowed him to capitalize, ending the match with a composed finish.
For Leeds, this entails their longest winless streak in the Premier League since 1997, with nine matches without a victory.

Michael Skubala, caretaker coach of Leeds, expressed his pride in the group's performance, despite coming away with nothing from the game. He noted that it only takes one moment of brilliance from a top-level player to turn a game around, and in this case that player was Marcus Rashford.

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