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Premier League: Manchester United held to goalless draw at Leeds United

Both teams cancelled each other in a drab draw; Manchester City can now win the league title next weekend

Manchester United were involved in a goalless draw against Leeds United; Credit: Manchester United Twitter
By Karthik Raman | Apr 25, 2021 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

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Manchester United and Leeds United played out a goalless draw at Elland Road in the Premier League on Sunday. The result does neither team any good nor bad as they both continue to stay where they are. The Red Devils stay in second with 67 points from 33 matches, while Leeds continue to stay in the top half of the table in ninth place with 47 points from the same number of games.

The only team benefiting from this result is United’s neighbours Manchester City. If City can win at Crystal Palace next Saturday and Manchester United lose at home to Liverpool next Sunday, then Pep Guardiola’s team will be adjudged the Premier League winners. City currently top the league table with 77 points from 33 matches.

In a match that saw very few chances to both the teams, Marcus Rashford came closest to troubling Leeds goal as his free-kick was well saved by Illan Meslier. The first half also saw club captain Harry Maguire heading the ball over the crossbar when he was left unmarked in the penalty box during a corner.

Penalty shout

As for Leeds, they did well to keep United’s attackers at bay. However, with the ball, the home side did not do much to trouble Dean Henderson’s goal in the first half. They shouted for a penalty when Jack Harrison’s ball struck Luke Shaw’s arm on the side but referee Craig Pawson did not deem it worthy of a spot-kick.

The second half saw both the teams force the issue more in comparison to the first period. The home side’s best chance fell to Helder Costas, however his deflected shot fizzled over the bar. In the other end, Fernandes pulled Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s cut-back wide of the goal.

Mason Greenwood then latched on to Fred’s through ball but his low shot was comfortably saved by Meslier. Manchester United won the reverse fixture against Leeds at Old Trafford 6-2, but this game was different as both sides were more concerned about not conceding than scoring.

The match saw more action before the kick-off than during the 90 minutes. A plane banner reading “2bn stolen #GlazersOut” flew over Elland Road before the match. It was in protest against the Glazer family’s ownership.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s boys next host AS Roma in the Europa League semifinals first-leg before playing Liverpool in the Premier League at Old Trafford. On the other hand, Leeds travel to face Brighton in the league next weekend.



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