Leeds United’s pressing approach away from home stunned Manchester United, who had to come back from two goals down to salvage a point on Wednesday night.
Raphael Varane’s hesitancy with the ball put Bruno Fernandes in a tricky spot, allowing Leeds to win back possession higher up the pitch.
Following Pascal Struijk’s challenge on Fernandes, the ball fell to Wilfried Gnonto, who combined with Patrick Bamford before firing a low shot past David de Gea.
Another early mix-up after the break allowed Leeds to double their lead.
Inspired substitutions from Ten Hag in the last 30 minutes of the game helped United find their attacking edge and level things through Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho. The side’s spirited fightback gave the Dutch coach something to cheer from a match that yet again highlighted their midfield issues, especially in the absence of Casemiro and Christian Eriksen.
The Red Devils lacked control in the middle of the park all night, and Ten Hag was seemingly not pleased with how his players dealt with Leeds’ aggressive approach. The United gaffer was spotted being furious on the touchline with Fred.
Erik ten Hag furious at Fred. Throws his chewing gum on the ground, then demands more noise from the Stretford End.
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) February 8, 2023
If Casemiro and Eriksen play tonight, Manchester United win that game. No ifs, buts or maybes
— Jonas Hen Shrag (@JonathanShrager) February 8, 2023
The pivot of the Brazilian and newly signed Marcel Sabitzer struggled to retain possession and neither of the two showed any real desire to sit deep to protect the backline.