Manchester United carried on where they had left off as they eased past Leeds with a 4-0 win in their second pre-season fixture on Wednesday night.
Mason Greenwood netted his first goal for the club early on, while Marcus Rashford stole the show with a sensational solo goal which doubled the lead.
Phil Jones added the third from a corner on what a comfortable night for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his side before Anthony Martial wrapped things up with a coolly taken penalty.
United will now fly to Singapore as they continue their pre-season tour with a fixture against Inter Milan and the United manager has been given plenty of food for thought ahead of the match.
Manchester United 4-0 Leeds: Reaction
United have strengthened their strongest tactic
Even as the team-sheet dropped it was clear to see the abundance of pace which is in the current United side. Solskjaer managed to get the side playing their best football on the counter-attack last season, and with Daniel James and Mason Greenwood integrated into the squad the attacking line has got even more exciting.
Fans will be hoping the squad can dominate matches more often next season, but against the big sides United have an incredible amount of pace on the break which will be difficult for many defences to deal with. When you consider the addition of Aaron Wan-Bissaka at the back as well then United should surely have a faster style of play next season.
The eagerness which Greenwood, James and Wan-Bissaka have rejuvenated the squad with has been infectious and they have all managed to make a positive impact on the style of play under Solskjaer.
Greenwood gets his goal
Ahead of the game Solskjaer reiterated his belief in Greenwood, and he duly responded within the opening minutes. It might not be the hardest goal of his career, but surely it will be the first of many in the first-team squad.
There was a fear that starting the game out wide would reduce his opportunity in front of goal, but it is credit to him that he managed to read the game and drift inside when required.
Solskjaer spoke of playing with a fluid front line next season, and it looks like Greenwood is certainly up to the challenge of doing just that.
Rashford can be United’s new No.9
The future of Marcus Rashford at United is likely to be heavily affected with the developments regarding Romelu Lukaku, but he has certainly made a case for himself to be the starting centre forward even if the Belgian stays.
Solskjaer has long backed the England international to become the main man at Old Trafford and Rashford is certainly backing up the belief with his current confidence in front of goal.
His strike versus Leeds reminded everyone of the raw excitement he possesses as humiliated Gaetano Berardi before casually slotting the ball past Kiko Casilla in goal.
The real test comes when the season starts against Chelsea, but there are certainly signs of genuine promise from the English forward if he can maintain this current standard of play.
Chong might have found his new role
Although supporters will be glad to see Tahith Chong involved off the bench again, his progress on tour has presented a dilemma.
The Dutch youngster was composed on the ball and played with a level of confidence which has rarely been seen since his integration into the first-team set-up.
However, his two best performances have come when playing on the left wing and it seems like the 19-year-old is best suited playing as a traditional wide man rather than an inverted winger.
It wouldn’t be a problem if United did not already have a left winger, the issue is it is the one position in which they already have an abundance of talent.
Chong will get a chance in the Europa League next season, but a loan move in January could be an option to consider, particularly if he decides he does want to pursue with playing on the left.
A rivalry resumed
United’s victory was a welcome difference from the exhibition against Perth Glory at the weekend, helped a lot by the strong support which was backing Leeds.
The Premier League has been robbed of this rivalry for far too long and it is a real shame they will not be gracing the top-flight next season. On the pitch both sides adopted a physical approach to the game and it was a real good run out for Solskjaer’s side.
Playing in such a game will also do the world of good to the youngsters in the United squad, all of whom managed to impress.