One Leeds man achieved eight-year feat despite Manchester United defeat

Lane Dias December 21, 2020
One Leeds man achieved eight-year feat despite Manchester United defeat
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Summer signing Raphinha was one of the few bright sparks in Leeds United’s brutal 6-2 loss at arch rivals Manchester United, achieving a rare feat in the process.

The Brazilian became the first player to record two assists in the Premier League against United at Old Trafford for eight years.

His set-piece delivery from a corner found Liam Cooper to head home a goal back for the Whites before half-time.

Then, in the 73rd minute, Raphinha found Stuart Dallas who rifled home from outside the area to score Leeds’ second. In doing so, he became the first player to achieve the feat since Tony Hibbert for Everton.

The Toffees player contributed two assists in another eight-goal thriller. However, the Blues managed to earn a point in what was a 4-4 draw in April 2012.

Raphinha revelling

The Brazilian has impressed since arriving at Elland Road and has three attacking returns from his nine league appearances. As well as those two assists against United, Raphinha scored Leeds’ winning goal against Everton.

He came close to finding his name on the scoresheet in last night’s encounter too. With the score at 4-1, the Brazilian met Rodrigo’s cross on the volley but was denied by an instinctive save by David de Gea, who tipped the effort on to the woodwork.

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He also had the second-most touches among both sets of players and was only bettered by Ezgjan Alioski (87 touches), according to WhoScored.

Raphinha was central to everything positive Leeds managed to create against Manchester United. He was also one of three players across both sides to create four opportunities in the match.

Rodrigo achieved that number for Leeds as did Anthony Martial for the Red Devils.

Jack Harrison created three and together the Leeds trio managed to create 11 opportunities, with Marcelo Bielsa’s team managing 17 shots in total.

However, it ultimately wasn’t enough as Manchester United’s clinical finishing and Leeds’ lacklustre defending cost the Yorkshire club heavily.

It may be exciting, but what wouldn’t Leeds fans give for a good old nil-nil draw?

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