Bruno Fernandes lit up Old Trafford with a stunning hat-trick as Manchester United beat Leeds 5-1.

Mason Greenwood and a rare goal from Fred completed a very impressive opening day victory.

Before kick off, new signing Raphael Varane was paraded on the pitch and must have been impressed by what he watched thereafter.

After the game, United captain Harry Maguire sent a message to the Frenchman.

It looks for all the world that Maguire and Varane will be United’s central defensive partnership this season.

Victor Lindelof offered a reminder of his quality here and while he’s playing that well, it takes the pressure off Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to rush Varane in.

But Varane and Maguire should be a world-class combination, especially if the Englishman can maintain his Euro 2020 form.


Varane was not be ready in time for the start of the season but the early signs are that Maguire is.

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He produced a commanding performance at the heart of United’s defence this afternoon.

It’s not easy to keep this Leeds side quiet; they attack with numbers and they don’t stop until the final whistle.

But United limited them to few chances, and the visitor’s goal came through a stunner from Luke Ayling.

Perhaps Maguire and Varane will be paired together at Southampton next Sunday, as the former Real Madrid man gears up for his first week of United training.

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