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Fernandes hat-trick as United crush Leeds

Bruno Fernandes scored an opening-day hat-trick as Manchester United hammered Leeds 5-1 in a devastating second-half display at Old Trafford.

The Portugal playmaker opened the scoring on the half-hour mark at a packed Old Trafford, but Luke Ayling’s thunderous strike drew Leeds level early in the second half.

England international Mason Greenwood restored the Red Devils’ lead with a crisp finish less than two minutes later, before Fernandes’ low shot was ruled to have crossed the line by referee Paul Tierney after a check of goalline technology.

The 26-year-old quickly completed his hat-trick with a thumping finish from Victor Lindelof’s pass, before Fred added United’s fourth goal in 14 minutes from Paul Pogba’s cross – the Frenchman’s fourth assist of the afternoon.

It was Fernandes’ first hat-trick since he moved to Old Trafford in January 2020 and only the second by a United player since Robin van Persie’s title-winning effort against Aston Villa in 2013.

Pogba, who has been in the news over his Old Trafford future, was arguably the standout player and his four assists included a sublime pass for Greenwood’s goal.

The Frenchman left the field to a standing ovation 15 minutes from time as £74m new-boy Jadon Sancho was introduced for his debut.

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