Rashford goal sets Man Utd on way to win at Leeds

Marcus Rashford of Manchester United scores the team's first goal past Illan Meslier of Leeds United during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Manchester United at Elland Road on February 12, 2023 in Leeds, England. 

Manchester United scored twice in the final 10 minutes at Elland Road to leave manager-less Leeds deep in relegation trouble.

Marcus Rashford broke the deadlock when he rose to meet Luke Shaw’s curling cross to head past Illan Meslier for his 21st goal of a superb season.

Substitute Alejandro Garnacho then outpaced the home defence before beating Meslier at his near post to the obvious joy of manager Erik ten Hag on the touchline.

The result was harsh on Leeds, who created a number of decent opportunities but could not beat visiting goalkeeper David de Gea.

It also turns the focus on football director Victor Orta, who is responsible for bringing in a replacement for Jesse Marsch, who was sacked last week.

Chief executive Angus Kinnear, who sat next to Orta in the directors’ box, pointed out in his programme notes that he understands the importance of a prompt replacement for Marsch, not least because chairman Andrea Radrizzani suggested last Tuesday it was imminent.

That work continues knowing if Everton win Monday’s Merseyside derby at Anfield, Leeds will drop into the bottom three.

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