Fernandes hat-trick helps Man Utd thump Leeds

Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United celebrates after scoring their side's third goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Leeds United at Old Trafford on August 14, 2021 in Manchester, England.

Bruno Fernandes fired in a hat-trick as Manchester United thrashed Leeds United 5-1 to get their Premier League season off to a flying start on Saturday.

Paul Pogba also starred with four assists – one more than he managed in the whole of last season in the league – to help United run riot in front of their first full crowd in 17 months.

Fernandes got the goalscoring underway on the half-hour mark, before a Luke Ayling thunderbolt out of nowhere levelled things up three minutes into the second half. IMG-20210814-150716-552

It was only a short reprieve for Leeds, however, as Man United livewire Mason Greenwood fired the hosts back in front before Fernandes added a quickfire third to put Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side in command. IMG-20210814-150735-367

Fernandes completed his first United treble with another fine finish on the hour mark, before Brazilian midfielder Fred got in on the act to complete the rout and cap a memorable afternoon for the hosts, who laid down an early marker in the Premier League title race.

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