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Premier League: 3 Things We Learned as Man Utd Smash Leeds United 5-1

Mudeet Arora
Fans react as Manchester United beat Leeds 5-1 on opening day
Fans react as Manchester United beat Leeds 5-1 on opening day / Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Bruno Fernandes scored his first Premier League hat-trick as Manchester United ran riot with a 5-1 scoreline against Leeds United at Old Trafford in their first match of the season.

The Red Devils were accompanied by their fans in the stadium and that definitely added extra motivation for the team to come up with such a strong performance.

Another astonishing fact from this match apart from Fernandes' hat-trick is that Paul Pogba came up with four assists in the five goals that United scored on the day.

Here are three things we learnt from this clash:

1. Bruno-Pogba partnership

Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba
Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba shone for United opening day in the Premier League / Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba formed an incredible partnership in midfield for Manchester United.

Pogba kept things moving for the Red Devils throughout the time he featured in the game and came with assists for four of United's 5 goals.

On the other hand, Bruno stole the show with his smart finishing to get himself a hat-trick on opening day in front of fans.

2. Mason Greenwood's time to reach the next level has come

Mason Greenwood, Manchester United
Greenwood once again delivered for Manchester United against Leeds / ADRIAN DENNIS/Getty Images

Greenwood was one of the best performers on the pitch for United.

After being started as a number nine by Ole, Greenwood repaid back his manager's faith with continuous involvement in the game, making smart runs and bagging himself a goal to show for it.

The English youngster is becoming better and better with every season and this campaign could prove to be absolutely crucial for him to be a hero for United for years to come.

3. Tough road ahead for Leeds

Marcelo Bielsa, Leeds United
Marcelo Bielsa has to set things right after opening day thrashing / ADRIAN DENNIS/Getty Images

Leeds United have always been one of the surprise packages under Marcelo Bielsa.

After the Red Devils took the lead, Leeds did make a comeback in the game to equalise before once again showing frailties at the back which led to a thrashing at Old Trafford.

Bielsa has to set his defensive lines well for the upcoming challenges or they could be in real danger this season, seeing the fact that Watford, Brentford and Norwich look in pretty good shape to survive relegation.