Old Trafford saw excellence above par as a long-awaited derby ended with a thumping victory. Manchester United orchestrated an easy 6-2 win over Leeds United.
Scott McTominay was the man of the day as the midfielder netted two rapid goals to start off the fixture. Bruno Fernandes got another brace to his name, one of them coming through a penalty, while Victor Lindelof and Daniel James were able to share the spoils too with a goal each to their name.
Marcelo Biesla’s men had consolation goals via Liam Cooper and Stuart Dallas to their credit but at the end of the day it was Ole Gunnar Solskjær who was beaming as the Red went marching on into the top three.
Fans were pleased with their entire outfield lineup and one man got special praise.
James bagged an excellent goal on the night and celebrated it well too. Incidentally, while the forward has been off form for much of his time at Old Trafford, save for a brilliant opening spell of games, the past few fixtures may indicate a change of fortune.
The 23-year-old has now netted goals against Finland, Istanbul Basaksehir, and now Leeds too in what has been a good resurgent form.
Dan James’ possession value (PV) was 16.4% which ranks him 3rd from our players. However, per 50 touches it was 41.1% — the highest of any player.
Basically: he wasn’t involved as much but when he was, he was more valuable than anyone else.
Spot on selection. pic.twitter.com/b8XtZMQNHb
— UtdArena (@utdarena) December 20, 2020
Proud of you Dan James. What fantastic effort, commitment and drive. A beautiful goal to cap it off too.
— ManUtdSense (@SensibleUtd) December 20, 2020
It’s a real Solskjaer masterstroke to rest Fred and McTominay midweek to match Leeds energy and bring James back in from the cold today. Deserves credit.
— Adam Crafton (@AdamCrafton_) December 20, 2020
You thought I didn’t know what I was doing with this tweet, didn’t you? 😎 https://t.co/NCltMr7TCl
— Scott Patterson (@R_o_M) December 20, 2020
Manchester United completed more dribbles today (20) than they ever had previously under Ole Gunnar Solskjær.
Exploited Leeds’ man-to-man system in style. 💨 pic.twitter.com/K0mpe9j6kR
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) December 20, 2020
Roy Keane on Dan James: “You look at his face when he scores and you can see how much it means to him. It was a big move for him and it’s not easy joining a club like United” [Sky]
— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) December 20, 2020
His pace was heralded as was his Premier League heroics after this long a period of drought, especially since Solskjær trusted him with the full ninety minutes.
Joy has been soaring high amongst the ranks of the Red Devils with hope for the Premier League already setting in, perhaps a bit too prematurely.
How the Norwegian is able to effectively use talent like the Welshman and efficiently deploy squad rotation is bound to be one of the key ways in which the busy period ahead can be traversed.