Manchester United’s 0-0 draw against Leeds lacked the goalmouth action you would expect from such a fixture.
Perhaps we were all just spoiled by the freeflowing excitement of United’s 6-2 win over Leeds back in December.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wisely chose to focus on the positives from the game, after the final whistle.
This meant praising those involved with keeping yet another a clean sheet.
Goalkeeper Dean Henderson along with defenders Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka were subject of Solskjaer’s applause.
Solskjaer told the United website: “It is hard to concede when the ball is in their half.
“We did well today, I thought we were assured with the ball as well – Victor, Harry, Dean, Luke and Aaron.
“When it is one against one, the times when they win the ball and break forward, it is exciting. I am disappointed we didn’t get three points, but I am very pleased with the performance.”
Fitness pleases Solskjaer
The United boss went onto praise the team’s fitness levels, adding: “Normally you see Leeds in the second half running over teams, steamrollering teams, with their fitness and how strong they are.
“I thought my boys, or our boys, looked really strong, like athletes with desire and confidence. We just couldn’t get the goal, unfortunately.”
The draw was not ideal but it continues United’s unbeaten away run, now extending to 24 Premier League games, just three short of the league record.
The attack did not quite click, in a game where Leeds did not allow United much space.
When United did get into good positions in the final third, the execution was poor and decision making of the players let the team down.
United had 16 shots at goal in total but only four were on target. Leeds had just three shots on target.
It means United remain second in the table, losing another two points on City. We remain 12 clear of fifth place.
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