Leeds 0-0 Manchester United: A scrappy, finish-free affair between old rivals, Leeds’ scoreless draw with Manchester United on Sunday at Elland Road wouldn’t have moved the needle much for neutrals.
The rematch of a 6-2 Manchester United win at Old Trafford delivered just seven combined shots on target, the visitors’ Premier League unbeaten run hitting 13 matches.
The visitors’ slim title hopes are now a sliver, 10 points back of neighbors Manchester City with five matches left for both sides. Man United has a nine-point lead on third-place Leicester City, who has a match-In-hand. The Red Devils meet Liverpool next and will hosts the Foxes on May 11.
Leeds pulls ahead of 10th place Arsenal, unbeaten in six including a win over Man City and draws with Chelsea, Liverpool, and now Manchester United.
There were 32 fouls and five yellow cards in the match — 21 and 4 for Leeds — as the sides fought hard for their point.
Three things we learned from Leeds – Manchester United
1. The promise of entertainment was broken: Yeah there was pace and industry — it was a veritable relay race up-and-down the pitch — but gilt-edged chances were few and far between as a tired Man United could hardly find openings in resolute Leeds. The match was a story of the visitors’ strong defense and some big moments from Kalvin Phillips and Illan Meslier for the hosts.
2. No cutting edge: Man United had 55 percent of the ball and a 15-6 edge in shot attempts but only troubled Meslier four times, once more than Leeds got the ball on Dean Henderson.
3. Title race almost official won: Man City now needs a combination of five points lost by Man United or gained by the PL leaders to seal a third title in four years. The silver lining is United will finish second time for the first time since Jose Mourinho led the Red Devils to a runner-up finish to Man City in 2017-18.
Man of the Match: Kalvin Phillips
Three key passes, eight tackles, and a difficult-to-count amount of dished-out bruises.