Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba were the star acts of what was a scintillating team display as Manchester United turned on the style in their rout of Leeds who ended shell-shocked and desperate for the referee, Paul Tierney, to blow the final whistle.
Last season’s corresponding fixture had Leeds trounced 6-2 but this was a far finer display from United who were a study of effervescent and powerhouse football. Fernandes ended with a hat-trick and Pogba as the chief conductor, his clutch of assists illustrating precisely why Ole Gunnar Solskjær values him so preciously.
For the neutral, too, this was a rousing return to a sold-out Old Trafford that featured United and Leeds going at each other like cruiserweights before a crowd whose volume level pushed the needle into the red throughout.
Seconds later there was more. In this mood Pogba is the world beater he can be billed as, able to dictate when the goal is breached. So it was that his next contribution was a disguised ball that hit Fernandes. The No 10 performed a shoe-shuffle that left defenders flailing and him able to register with his left, goal-line technology confirming United’s third.
If this was supremely enjoyable for the United congregation, they next entered dreamland courtesy, in part, from the unlikely figure of Victor Lindelöf. The Swede is seriously under threat from Varane’s arrival so the best riposte is to up quality. The ball into Fernandes was akin to a seasoned schemer’s as it took his teammate clear and from this junction the talisman’s bullet burst the net for only United’s second Premier League hat-trick since Robin van Persie’s clinched the 2012-13 title here.
On what was an opening day to remember the goals just kept coming. The latest United slick move featured Greenwood’s around-the-corner pass into Pogba and he – yet again – was provider, rolling the ball to Fred, who can be maligned and whose finish made it 5-1 and equalled his total of last term.
By the close this was the perfect start for United, a total nightmare for Leeds.