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The Scotland international put the Red Devils in control in their first Premier League meeting against the Whites in 16 years

Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay wrote his name in the history books by becoming the first player in Premier League history to score twice in the first three minutes of a match against Leeds United on Sunday.

The Scotland international put United in front with a low 20-yard strike after just 69 seconds, the Red Devils’ fastest top-flight goal against Leeds.

McTominay repeated the trick a minute later. Anthony Martial’s pass finding the onrushing midfielder, who took a neat first touch to get the ball out of his feet before firing past  Whites goalkeeper Illan Meslier.

They were the type of goals more befitting of an accomplished attacking midfielder, rather than someone more known for his defensive capabilities.

McTominay had scored just six goals in his previous 68 Premier League appearances for the Red Devils, with his last strike coming late on in the Manchester derby back in early March.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side went further ahead when a thunderous strike from Bruno Fernandes put the home side 3-0 up after just 20 minutes. That was the earliest Manchester United have scored three goals in a Premier League game since August 2006 against Fulham.

It also continued Fernandes’ wonderful form since joining the club from Sporting in January.

The Portugal international, who set up McTominay for the opener, has now been involved in 29 goals in just 27 Premier League appearances.

Things got even better for Manchester United when defender Victor Lindelof slammed home their fourth goal from close range after Martial had flicked on Luke Shaw’s near post corner, the first time Leeds have conceded four first-half goals in the Premier League.

Leeds hit back before the break through Liam Cooper’s header, though they still face a huge challenge to get anything out of the game.

A win at Old Trafford would be enough to lift Manchester United into the top four, with the club still having a game in hand on the rest of the top six.

That would go a long way towards answering the critics who have questioned Solskjaer’s position in recent weeks, particularly after the club were knocked out of the Champions League.

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December 20, 2020