Manchester United were unable to break down a determined Leeds side in what was a less than inspiring 0-0 draw at Elland Road.
After what was a goal-fest when the two sides last met – Manchester United running out 6-2 winners – it was a much less frantic affair this time around, with Leeds far more well-drilled and pragmatic than they were back in December.
Both sides would have chances, though neither keeper would be tested on a regular basis, Illan Meslier’s best piece of work coming at the end of the first half to keep out a Marcus Rashford free-kick.
Manchester United looked by far the more adventurous of the two sides, but really lacked quality in the final third, with their promising build-up play regularly breaking down – Bruno Fernandes enduring an off day compared to the Portugal international’s usual standards.
Speaking after the game, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was pleased with how his side imposed themself on the game and demonstrated their fitness against Marcelo Bielsa’s famously fit side.
“A good game of football,” the Norwegian told BBC Sport. “You have to prepare well for Leeds to earn the right to play and dominate. I felt we did that.
“We won 6-2 last time but had 40% possession. Second half today we had 60%. Leeds can steamroller teams with their fitness but my team showed their fitness. We created two or three big moments and we could have scored.
“The way they play with man-marking, maybe they didn’t press as high as usual, and the way they defend you play outside their 18-yard box. There is not a lot of space. Little margins are the deciding factor.”
The result leaves United 10 points adrift of Man City with just five games to go, with Pep Guardiola’s side now needing just two wins to reclaim the title.
“We have to win every single game to put pressure on City. This is two points dropped that makes them very safe. But we push on. We have two semis coming up and Liverpool in the middle. It was a difficult week last week but it is the business end of the season. You work so that every game matters.”
Next up for Solskjaer’s side is the first leg of their Europa League semi-final against Roma.