Bruno Fernandes scores maiden United hat-trick

Bruno Fernandes scored an opening-day hat-trick as Manchester United swept Leeds aside with a devastating second-half display.

The Portugal midfielder opened the scoring on the half-hour mark at a packed Old Trafford.

But Luke Ayling’s thunderous strike drew Leeds level early in the second half.

Mason Greenwood restored the hosts’ lead with a crisp finish less than two minutes later.

Then, Bruno Fernandes had low shot ruled to have crossed the line by referee Paul Tierney after a check of goalline technology.

The 26-year-old quickly completed his hat-trick with a thumping finish from Victor Lindelof’s pass.

Fred added United’s fourth goal in 14 minutes from Paul Pogba’s cross – the Frenchman’s fourth assist of the afternoon.

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Bruno Fernandes makes history

It was Bruno Fernandes first hat-trick since he moved to Old Trafford in January 2020.

It is only the second by a Red Devils player since Robin Van Persie’s title-winning effort against Aston Villa in 2013.

Fernandes’ last hat-trick was for Sporting Lisbon in an 8-1 hammering of Belenenses in front of just over 5,000 in May 2019.

But the game was also a personal triumph for Pogba.

The France midfielder’s future has been the subject of intense debate as he enters the final year of his contract.

But his four assists included a sublime pass for Greenwood’s goal.

He left the field to a standing ovation 15 minutes from time as £74m new-boy Jadon Sancho was introduced for his debut.

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