Scott McTominay became the first player ever to score twice inside the first three minutes of a Premier League fixture as Manchester United thrashed rivals Leeds 6-2 in a breathless clash at Old Trafford.
There were more than 40 attempts on goal in total in the first top-flight meeting between these fierce old foes since 2004, but the hosts’ superior finishing was the difference as they improved their woeful home form and jumped up to third in the top-flight.
Man of the match McTominay arrowed a swerving shot into the bottom corner after only 67 seconds before swiftly popping up to beat Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier again after being teed up by Anthony Martial.
That was far from the only action in a goal-laden first half, with Bruno Fernandes also firing home a loose ball to make it 3-0 inside 20 minutes after Martial had seen it poked away by Luke Ayling.
Manchester United – who showed five changes from their latest away-day comeback at Sheffield United on Thursday, with Daniel James starting, David De Gea back and Paul Pogba dropped – made it four with 10 minutes still to play in the first half after Kalvin Phillips was caught napping at the back post as Victor Lindelof stole in to score from close range after Martial had flicked a corner across goal.
Despite staring at a daunting deficit, Leeds played their part in an entertaining first half and had several chances of their own before captain Liam Cooper did reduce the deficit shortly before the break after rising above Fred to provide a header from a corner that De Gea did get a hand to but could not keep out.
With Marcelo Bielsa making two half-time changes and engineering a tactical shift, Martial spurned a great opportunity to firmly put the game to bed just minutes into the second period, slotting wide of the far post after being played in by Fernandes.