Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes will grab the headlines after Manchester United’s thumping 5-1 win over Leeds.

Fernandes got his first ever Premier League hat-trick as United started their season with a stunning victory.

Meanwhile, Pogba was the first United player in Premier League history to lay on four assists in the same game.

But speaking on BT Sport 1 at 2.40pm after the game, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was keen to pick out two players whose performances might have gone under the radar.

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“I’ve got two very good centre backs here today,” said Solskjaer of Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire.

When BT pundit Rio Ferdinand said that Lindelof was ‘outstanding’, Solskjaer agreed: “Victor has had so much criticism but for us he’s so important.”


There was also praise for Scott McTominay as Solskjaer said: “Scott running on was a big thing. He’s not played more than 20 minutes in pre-season, and he’s played them at centre-back.

“It was one of those where you kept him under wraps because you knew this was a game for him. Scott times his arrival great, like Scholesy did. Scott is a beast, physically, he can run all day. He was excellent, a proper man out there.”

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Solskjaer backs Lindelof

Everyone expects that when Raphael Varane is ready to start for United that Lindelof will be the man to make way.

That can’t be easy for the Sweden international and it could easily have impacted his confidence.

But all he can do in the meantime is remind Solskjaer of his quality and he did that against Leeds.

As for McTominay, he did fantastically well to match an energetic Leeds side with just 20 minutes of football behind him because he’s been carrying a niggle in pre-season.

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