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Pogba, Fernandes make history as Man Utd star new season in style

The Red Devils sent out a statement to the rest of their Premier League rivals following a comprehensive win over Marcelo Bielsa’s men

Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba were the stars as Manchester United thrashed Leeds United 5-1 at Old Trafford in their opening Premier League match of the season.

Fernandes became the first United to score a hat-trick on the opening day of a league season since Lou Macari vs Birmingham in 1977-78, while Pogba is the 7th different player to register four assists in a single Premier League match, and the first Man Utd player to do so.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men started on the front foot and they went ahead on the half-hour mark through Bruno Fernandes, who finished off a Pogba assist.

The goal ensured Man Utd went into the break with the lead, but Leeds drew level three minutes after resumption, courtesy of a pile driver from Luke Ayling.

However, the parity would only last for four minutes as Mason Greenwood put United again following another brilliant ball from Pogba.

Bruno Fernandes hat-trick as Manchester United outclass Leeds in dominant  performance

Fernandes made it three two minutes later off another assist from Pogba. The Portuguese star then completed his hat-trick on the hour mark, finishing off a delightful ball from Victor Lindelof.

Manchester United 5-1 Leeds - Bruno Fernandes hits three, Paul Pogba excels  as Red Devils crush Leeds - Eurosport

Fred then completed the thrashing with a strike in the 65th following another assist from Pogba. It was a dominant performance from United and it should send out a warning to the rest of their title rivals.

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