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Fernandes hits treble and Pogba equals record for Man Utd

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Bruno Fernandes scored a hat-trick and Paul Pogba equalled the Premier League record of four assists in a match as Manchester United started their season with a 5-1 home win over Leeds United.

The hosts had already gone close twice when Fernandes put them ahead on the half-hour mark, running on to Pogba’s through-ball and forcing the ball past Illan Meslier.

Leeds equalised early in the second half through Luke Ayling’s scorching 25-yard strike – his first Premier League goal. But Man Utd responded with three goals in the next 12 minutes.

Pogba freed Mason Greenwood in behind Leeds’ defence to make it 2-1, before setting up Fernandes, whose shot on the turn just crossed the line before being cleared by Ayling.

Fernandes ran on to Victor Lindelof’s fine through-ball to complete his hat-trick, before Pogba registered his fourth assist by escaping down the left and teeing up Fred.

Jadon Sancho came off the bench for his Man Utd debut on a day when new signing Raphael Varane was paraded him in front of the returning home fans.

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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