United edge towards top four; Burnley thrash Wolves

Marcus Rashford of Manchester United in action with Ian Poveda of Leeds United during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Manchester United at Elland Road on April 25, 2021 in Leeds, England.

Second-placed Manchester United edged closer towards qualification for the Champions League, the tournament their owners tried to break away from on last week, with a goalless draw at Leeds United in the Premier League on Sunday.

The point left Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side 12 points clear of fifth-placed West Ham United with five games of the season remaining. Manchester City are top of the table on 77 points, 10 ahead of United.

Manchester United were one of 12 top European clubs who last week announced they were setting up a breakaway Super League before the plan rapidly fell apart. United, like the other founder members would have featured in the competition every year without the need for qualification.

There were few chances at Elland Road in what was a physical clash, the visitors going closest to scoring through a dipping free kick from Marcus Rashford just before halftime which was tipped over by Leeds keeper Illan Meslier.

As always, Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds were energetic and determined but they too struggled to create openings with their best effort a deflected Helder Costa shot which flew just over the bar.

Manchester United won the reverse fixture 6-2 earlier this season.

A plane carrying a slogan against United's owners, the American Glazer family, flew over the stadium before kickoff.

Striker Chris Wood scored a first-half hat-trick as Burnley cruised to a 4-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday and eased their Premier League relegation fears.

Sean Dyche's visiting side exposed a listless Wolves defence as they snapped a three-game losing run to climb to 14th in the league table and nine points clear of the relegation zone.

"Obviously, results haven't gone our way in the last three but we've still been playing very well," New Zealand international Wood told the BBC.

The visitors added a fourth in the second half through Ashley Westwood, who netted with a thumping shot from the edge of the box after being set up by Wood. 


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