The away side took control from the first whistle and after just two minutes came close to taking the lead. Greenwood connected with a dangerous free kick but his header was well saved by Meslier in the Leeds goal. It already looked like being a long afternoon for the home side. United were dominating the game and Bielsa’s men were becoming increasingly frustrated. Jack Harrison and Luke Ayling were proof of that after the pair had made a series of early fouls to halt United’s progress.
Leeds had barely been in the game but half way through the first half they gave United a real scare. Shaw looked to of handled from a Harrison cross but after a VAR check play continued. It would of been very harsh had a penalty been awarded. Leeds weren’t happy and they’d let Craig Pawson know!
Down the other end Fernandes had a great chance to test Meslier from a set piece but he could only find the Leeds stand. As we approached half time United won another free kick in a dangerous area and this time Meslier was tested. Rashford’s well hit strike was superbly saved by the Leeds keeper and United had to settle for a corner. Maguire rose highest but he couldn’t keep his header down. The game was goalless at the break….
United started the second half the same as the first and looked dangerous every time they came forward. First Fernandes saw his right foot shot blocked before firing another one just wide. United were getting closer! Next it was Greenwoods turn to worry the Leeds defence but Meslier made a comfortable save to deny him.
Just like the first half Leeds had barely been in the game but with just over 25 minutes remaining Helder Costa’s volley went narrowly over. Bielsa looked a frustrated figure on the touchline. He’d clearly expected more from his team. Leeds looked torn between going for a winner and protecting the point that they currently had. They knew how devastating Untied could be on the counter attack and that was clearly playing on their minds.
The final 15 minutes saw Pogba, Cavani and Van de Beek all enter the action. Solskjaer would of been hoping one of them could find a winning goal. United pressed and pushed hard for a winner but Leeds stood firm. The home side had frustrated there rivals and made it hard for them to create any clear cut chances. After a 6-2 mauling earlier in the season I’m sure Bielsa would of been delighted with the point and a clean sheet.