Don’t wait around for updates – sign up for our daily football email newsletter today!
Manchester United took another step closer to securing second spot the Premier League, despite being held to goalless draw by Leeds United.
The Red Devils and their fierce rivals played out an underwhelming affair at Elland Road, with very few talking points to take from Sunday's clash.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opted to hand Mason Greenwood a start as United's central striker, with one eye on Thursday's Europa League semi-final first-leg with Roma, while Marcus Rashford was fit enough to also start.
But the pair were unable to find a way past Leeds, although the draw moves them eight points clear of third-place Leicester with just five games of the season remaining.
Daily Star Sport has identified two things Solskjaer got right and one he got wrong at Elland Road….
1. Rashford gets the nod
Solskjaer opted to give Rashford a start against Leeds, despite the striker struggling with a foot injury.
And if the manager's pre-match comments are anything to go by, it seems even he was unsure whether playing Rashford would be worth the risk.
Speaking before the game, he said: "We’re managing [Rashford], he’s working, he’s getting his CV (cardiovascular) work, he's doing loads of work in the gym.
"But he’s not been on the pitch training with his boots on, that’s the hard bit on his toe so we give him as much recovery as possible. He trained yesterday (Friday) and felt no reaction so he’s ready."
And the boss will no doubt have been encouraged by what he saw from Rashford in this clash, with the striker arguably United's most dangerous attacker for large periods against Leeds.
The striker was unfortunate not to see his long-range free-kick open the scoring in the first half, and he continued to knock on the door in the second period – but to no avail.
2. United shut up shop
While it was a largely uneventful encounter, United's defence deserves praise for keeping Leeds quiet at Elland Road.
Much has been made of United's need to strengthen their backline in the summer but Solskjaer may not entirely agree.
And he will be delighted with what he saw from his defence, with Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof solid at the back, while Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw offered plenty going forward in the full-back roles.
The absence of Paul Pogba certainly hindered them going forwards but in terms of defending, United did little wrong on Sunday.
Every cloud, Ole…
3. Greenwood dilemma
Top trending sport stories right now
There's no denying Greenwood's ability, but Solskjaer is still yet to find his best position.
The 19-year-old has made no secret of his desire to play in the central striker role – and he was given his chance to shine on Sunday.
But Greenwood failed to impress while leading the line, with the striker barely getting a sniff at goal against a well-drilled Leeds defence.
Perhaps he is better suited in the right-wing role, where he has often been deployed, and his opportunity to stake a claim as United's main striker may have well disappeared after this underwhelming display.
It also strengthens the belief that United need a big-money striker in the summer, with Erling Haaland and Harry Kane among the No.9s being touted with a switch to Old Trafford.
- Premier League
- Manchester United FC
- Leeds United FC
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Source: Read Full Article