A number of altogether alarming takeaways from the meeting between Manchester United and Leeds United this afternoon have since been widely highlighted across social media.
Fernandes at the treble
One of English football’s fiercest rivalries was renewed at Old Trafford earlier today.
The clash in question came as part of the opening round of Premier League fixtures for the 2021/22 campaign, in the form of a showdown between Man United and Leeds.
It was the former who headed into proceedings as understandable favourites, having of course emerged on the right side of a 6-2 scoreline in the same fixture last season.
What few were likely expecting, though, was for the result to prove equally as one-sided this time around.
A wonderful attacking display, orchestrated by the unplayable Paul Pogba, eventually culminated in the hosts kicking off their 2021/22 term with a 5-1 victory.
Bruno Fernandes stole the headlines, bagging a superb hat-trick, whilst Mason Greenwood and Fred were also on target for United.
💫 The vision from Pogba
🎯 The clinical edge from Greenwood
The perfect response from Man Utd! 👏 pic.twitter.com/OIrcsKN4EQ
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) August 14, 2021
Leeds, on the other hand, saw Luke Ayling’s equaliser early in the 2nd-half ultimately prove to be little more than a consolation.
Fans face off
As outlined above, however, on a day which should have seen the hugely entertaining action on the pitch at Old Trafford take centre stage in the post-match chatter, unfortunately, a number of altogether more negative takeaways have since been widely highlighted in the media.
The first came in the form of scuffles on the streets of Manchester, which kicked off long before the action had even gotten underway at the Theatre of Dreams:
Fight between Leeds and Manchester United fanspic.twitter.com/yJIT5BsS0t
— Live News For All (@LiveNewsForAll_) August 14, 2021
Leeds’ supporters then debuted their newest chant, taking aim at United attackers Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford for their respective Euro 2020 final spot-kick shortcomings:
Leeds Utd fans singing “Sancho and Rashford, let the country down” before today’s game
📹 @igrattan pic.twitter.com/IMItpw5LCT
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) August 14, 2021
Sanchooo & Rashford let the country down, Sancho & Rashford let the country downnnnnn #LUFC pic.twitter.com/7pdKF2n5oA
— Joe Catling (@JoeCatling19) August 14, 2021
Such antics, in turn, were always likely to result in a tense atmosphere amongst those in attendance at Old Trafford, with things, on more than one occasion, having come close to boiling over between the two sets of supporters.
One Manchester United fan, for example, was spotted taunting those of a Leeds persuasion with a Turkish flag.
For those unaware of the situation, this came as a sick reference to the violence which surrounded the 2000 UEFA Cup semi-final clash between Leeds and Galatasaray, ultimately culminating in two fans of the former being stabbed to death in Turkey.
Manchester United fan with the Turkish flag during the match against Leeds.
* Two Leeds fans were stabbed to death by Galatasaray fans in Istanbul on 05.04.2000 pic.twitter.com/xv8O5EUUeD
— HooligansTV (@HooligansTV_eu) August 14, 2021
The same flag is then understood to have been dropped into the away crowd at Old Trafford, sparking further unsavoury scenes, as sections of the Leeds support resorted to belting out a long-deplored ‘Munich’ chant, an altogether distasteful reference to the 1958 Munich air disaster.
Leeds fans singing the ‘Munich’ song.
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) August 14, 2021
A wonderful afternoon on the pitch, but one filled with shameful behaviour away from it.
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