Second-placed Manchester United edged nearer in direction of qualification for the Champions League, the event their house owners tried to interrupt away from final week, with a goalless draw at Leeds United within the Premier League on Sunday.
The purpose left Ole Gunnar Solskjaer`s facet 12 factors away from fifth-placed West Ham United with 5 video games remaining they usually stay unbeaten away from residence within the league all season.
Manchester United have been one among 12 prime European golf equipment who final week introduced they have been establishing a breakaway Tremendous League earlier than the plan quickly fell aside. United, like the opposite founder members, would have featured within the competitors yearly with out the necessity for qualification.
The message “Earn it on the Pitch. Soccer is for the Followers” was prominently displayed on a banner positioned by Leeds on the seats behind the purpose however whereas the purpose remained related there was no scarcity of aggressive spirit on the sector.
Leeds, promoted final season to the highest flight after a 16-year absence, have actually proven no respect for the so-called “Large Six” — Marcelo Bielsa`s facet have drawn all 5 residence video games they’ve performed towards members of that elite group.
There have been few possibilities at Elland Street in what was a bodily conflict, the guests going closest to scoring by means of a dipping free kick from Marcus Rashford simply earlier than halftime which was tipped over by Leeds keeper Illan Meslier.
As at all times, Leeds have been energetic and decided however they too struggled to create openings with their finest effort a deflected Helder Costa shot which flew simply over the bar.
Manchester United received the reverse fixture 6-2 earlier this season however Solskjaer was not dispirited by the outcome.
“There`s no ensures in soccer that`s for positive. I believed we performed effectively, dominated the second half, simply didn`t have the ball to fall appropriately for us within the moments we had,” mentioned the Norwegian.
Leeds, who’re in ninth place on 47 factors, didn`t permit their opponents the time or the area to open them up and midfielder Kalvin Phillips was key.
“That is what we’re about, making it laborious for groups to return right here. I loved the sport having a battle in midfield.
“We man mark each sport. I attempted to maintain Bruno quiet. Fortunately he didn`t pop up with a purpose so my job is completed,” he mentioned.
A airplane carrying a slogan towards United`s house owners, the American Glazer household, flew over the stadium earlier than kickoff however they weren’t current on the match and neither was government vice-chairman Ed Woodward who resigned on Tuesday in the course of the Tremendous League fall-out.