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Chloe Digby·8 February 2023

🦁 Manchester United fight back to earn 2-2 draw with Leeds

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Manchester United survived an early scare to earn a 2-2 draw with Leeds on Wednesday night.

Scorers: Gnonto 1′, Varane (OG) 48′; Rashford 62′, Sancho 70′

Erik ten Hag’s men had a mountain to climb after managerless Leeds raced to a 2-0 lead at Old Trafford.

Having sacked manager Jesse Marsch in midweek, Wilfried Gnonto opened the scoring for the Yorkshiremen almost immediately.

Manchester United gave Gnonto too much space and – after a brilliant one-two with Patrick Bamford – he hammered home the finish.

The home side rallied and came close when Alejandro Garnacho hit a shot on the turn just wide from a Bruno Fernandes cross.

It was Garnacho in the thick of the action again, when the 18-year-old rounded goalkeeper Illan Meslier, but his shot was cleared off the line by Max Wöber.

New signing Marcel Sabitzer then had his shot tipped over the bar as Man Utd kept pushing hard for the equaliser in a match that was being played at a frenetic pace.

Failure to convert any of those chances was punished by Leeds, as they started the second half exactly as they’d begun the first – with a goal.

Garnacho took too long when he tried to dribble away from danger and a Crysencio Summerville cut-back was deflected off Raphaël Varane and into his own net.

Erik ten Hag’s changes paid off when a superb cross was met by an even better header from man of the moment Marcus Rashford as he pulled one back for the Reds.

Yet Leeds weren’t about to lie down and almost had a third when Brenden Aaronson cracked his shot onto the post, after Fred had given the ball away in midfield.

The game continued at a hetic pace, and Jadon Sancho scored the leveller following a one-two with Luke Shaw in his first goal back after a period out of the side.

Varane, Rashford and Fernandes all had chances to bag the winner, but the home side had ultimately given themselves too much to do to earn all three points.