This was the big one for Leeds. In many senses, it was their cup final after being promoted to the Premier League.
When the fixture list was revealed in pre-season, this was the game every Whites supporter looked for – a trip to Old Trafford.
There is a fierce rivalry between these two sides and it was sad that nobody was inside the ground to witness it. However, Leeds fans can probably count themselves fortunate that they were watching from home instead.
This was a reality check for Marcelo Bielsa’s side as they were absolutely battered at Old Trafford, being defeated 6-2.
There was a barrage on Illan Meslier’s goal as he was forced to make eight saves from a total of 25 attempts towards his goal. The Leeds defence was utterly abysmal and it wasn’t helped by Pascal Struijk’s introduction at half-time.
The young Dutchman looked out of his depth and gave away a penalty for a clumsy challenge on Anthony Martial. However, there was a Leeds attacker that was arguably even worse – Raphinha.
The summer signing has been impressive since signing for the Whites – scoring against Everton and amassing 2.6 shots per game – but on this occasion he was woeful.
Raphinha epitomised their abject performance going forward, losing the ball a colossal 36 times – more than anyone on the pitch. He did supply a late goal-scoring opportunity for Jack Harrison but that was as good as it got for the Brazilian who endured a horrible evening in Manchester.
To make matters worse, the forward failed to win any of the nine duels he attempted, while he was unsuccessful with every single dribble he attempted. Furthermore, Raphinha completed only 74% of his passes and provided three accurate crosses from 13 balls into the box.
With Pablo Hernandez waiting in the wings this is a performance that should have the Spaniard standing to attention. After assisting two goals in an eight-minute cameo against Newcastle, his wait for a start could soon be over.
On the big stage, Raphinha’s performance wasn’t good enough and it should have left Bielsa fuming.