Sunday, 25 April 2021 17:14

Staff Reporter.

Manchester United and Leeds United had all the potential of being a fiery affair with tensions high before the game but instead the two sides played out a drab 0-0 draw at Elland Road on Sunday.

The Leeds CEO called out United in the match programme, writing that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side were "playground bullies" for wanting to join the European Super League.

It was also a far cry from the last time the two sides met where United ran out 6-2 winners when they played against each other in the Premier League in December as both struggled to create any sort of credible goal opportunities.

Leeds had a penalty call turned down on 18 minutes after a VAR review. A ball was sent into the box and appeared to hit Luke Shaw's arm but it was declared not a handball incident.

In a game of few chances, Marcus Rashford came closest with a free-kick just before half-time.

The two sides enjoy one of the fiercest rivalries in English football and this was their first Premier League meeting at Elland Road since 2003 due to Leeds' absence from the top flight.

But memories of a forgettable encounter will remain around off-field issues.

A plane trailing a banner proclaiming '2bn stolen - Glazers out' flew over Elland Road just before kick-off.

That it was not set up by any of the organised Manchester United supporter groups just underlines the strength of feeling created by this week's European Super League controversy, fuelling an already negative view of the club's American owners.

As one of England's biggest clubs themselves, Leeds will be satisfied at extending their run of home draws against 'Big Six' opposition to five, with only Tottenham left to come.