Manchester United's three best players against Leeds
Manchester United’s unbeaten away record continued with a 0-0 draw at Leeds.
That’s the positive spin on Sunday’s 0-0 draw at Elland Road.
The glass half-empty view is that this was two points dropped and United’s already slim chances of winning the title are now pretty much rock-bottom.
We’ll let you decide which viewpoint you decide to take on the game, in which United were competitive but lacked composure in the final third.
It wasn’t the most entertaining watch on a sunny Sunday afternoon, and avoiding defeat was pretty much the minimum requirement.
Here is a look at United’s three best players in the 0-0 draw, and don’t be surprised that two of them were defenders.
Right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka helped United limit Leeds’ attacking threat, preventing Jack Harrison from having much impact and limiting supply into Patrick Bamford.
Wan-Bissaka led United from a statistical perspective, making five interceptions, more than any player on the pitch.
He also made four clearances, more than any United player.
Wan-Bissaka also won one tackle, blocked one shot, and in attack, created one goalscoring opportunity.
England boss Gareth Southgate was in attendance at Elland Road, hopefully he came away with a newfound appreciation of what it could be like to have a top defensive right-back at his disposal.
Southgate will also have liked what he saw from current England left-back Luke Shaw.
Shaw managed to create five chances, more than any player on the pitch.
The United defender looks composed whenever he is on the ball, defensively and offensively, and managed to completed 89 per cent of his passes.
Shaw has been so consistent for United this season and it is no surprise to see him as a standout performer on a weekly basis.
Leeds will feel relieved they managed to shut Bruno Fernandes down. At least that’s what the scoreline suggests.
Fernandes actually had the measure of Leeds, attempting five shots at goal.
He got into good positions, and it was just his execution and final shot which let him down, all five of his shots missed the target. On another day he would be celebrating.
Fernandes also deserves credit for the way he dropped deep and mixed into the midfield battle.
He created two chances, and had 73 touches, more than any midfielder or attacker on the pitch.
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