PL Collection: United's best games v Leeds
Manchester United enjoyed two lively encounters with Leeds United last term and the Yorkshiremen's survival on the final day of the season means we can look forward to two more big dates with our rivals from across the Pennines when the fixtures are released next Thursday.
The Premier League started in 1992 with Leeds as champions, after Howard Wilkson's side agonisingly pipped Alex Ferguson's team to the post in the last instalment of the old Division One.
There may have been a 16-year gap between our league meetings following the Elland Road outfit's relegation in 2004 but the intense rivalry has been renewed since 2020 and the goals have flowed, except for a 0-0 draw behind closed doors at their home last year.
So we had a look through our Premier League Collection on the United App and ManUtd.com and selected these four memorable contests between the red and white roses...
UNITED 5 LEEDS 1 (2021/22)
Beating fierce rivals comprehensively on the opening weekend of the season is always going to be an enjoyable occasion. Bruno Fernandes helped himself to a hat-trick, his first for the club, and Paul Pogba posted a joint-record four assists in a devastating display. Pogba set up midfield partner Bruno for the opener on the half-hour mark but Leeds levelled with a cracker from full-back Luke Ayling. It merely provoked an incredible response from the Reds, with Mason Greenwood regaining the lead and Fernandes's effort crossing the line before Ayling could clear to make it 3-1. Fernandes sprung the offside trap to crash home for his treble and Fred got in on act, following more good work by Pogba. Raphael Varane was introduced to the fans as our latest signing before kick-off and it was a day to remember.
LEEDS 0 UNITED 4 (1996/97)
A crushing defeat for the west Yorkshire side brought the curtain down on Wilkinson's reign as manager, with Eric Cantona returning to Elland Road to rub salt in his former club's wounds. There was the rare instance of a missed Cantona penalty but he atoned for his aberration when scoring the fourth goal at the death and celebrating in front of the fans who once adored him. Nigel Martyn put through his own net after only three minutes before Eric's spot-kick, after Jordi Cruyff was fouled, went wide. Karel Poborsky enjoyed one of his best games for the club and he set up Nicky Butt for the second after the interval. Cantona set up a blaster from Poborsky, his first United goal, and added the coup de grace at the end by stabbing in an Ole Gunnar Solskjaer cross.
UNITED 6 LEEDS 2 (2020/21)
Our last two home games with the Yorkshiremen have yielded an extraordinary 11 goals and this Old Trafford rout owed much to a lightning start by Scott McTominay. The Scotland international smashed home after only 67 seconds and converted an Anthony Martial pass to make it a quickfire double before three minutes were up. Fernandes fired past Illan Meslier for a third and Victor Lindelof got on the scoresheet from a corner. Liam Cooper replied, with half-time still to arrive, but United simply stepped things up again. Daniel James, now with Leeds, finished off a rapid counter-attack and Fernandes converted a penalty, when Pascal Struijk fouled Martial. Stuart Dallas pulled another one back but it could have been any score on a day when the two sides registered 43 shots between them.
LEEDS 3 UNITED 4 (2001/02)
It's impossible to ignore this seven-goal thriller at Elland Road, an early kick-off that sparked the weekend into life in remarkable fashion. Leeds made life more difficult than it should have been but everything looked plain sailing when Paul Scholes netted from Mikael Silvestre's cross. Mark Viduka equalised but the Reds showed our class with two goals in two minutes before the break. Solskjaer bagged both of them, pouncing on the rebound after Martyn thwarted Scholes and then firing home with the aid of a deflection, from another Silvestre centre. When David Beckham raced down the right to tee up Ryan Giggs for 4-1, a hammering looked on the cards. Instead, David O'Leary's side rallied, through Ian Harte's free-kick and a Lee Bowyer header that looked well offside, but United did enough to secure the three points on the road.
UNITED v LEEDS: PL RECORD
Games played: 30
United wins: 28
Leeds wins: 4
United goals: 50
Leeds goals: 22
Top scorer: Bruno Fernandes (6)