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Manchester United

Premier League
Game 26: Saturday 21 February 2004

Manchester United 1 - 1 Leeds United
(Half-time: 0 - 0)
Crowd: 67744
Referee: M Halsey (Welwyn Garden City)
Leeds United
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Match Facts
Manchester United Team Leeds United
Tim Howard   Scott Carson
Subbed - 24 minutes Mikaël Silvestre   Gary Kelly
Booked - 67 minutes Gary Neville   Didier Domi
Subbed - 71 minutes Phil Neville   Steve Caldwell
John O'Shea   Dominic Matteo
Subbed - 58 minutes Jose Kleberson   Seth Johnson
Nicky Butt   James Milner Subbed - 73 minutes
Quinton Fortune   Jermaine Pennant Booked - 90 minutes
Ryan Giggs   Eirik Bakke
Goal - 64 minutes Paul Scholes   Stephen McPhail Booked - 13 minutes
Ruud van Nistelrooy   Alan Smith Goal - 67 minutes
Roy Carroll   Shaun Allaway
Sub - 24 minutes Wes Brown   Ian Harte
Cristiano Ronaldo   Lucas Radebe
Sub - 58 minutes Roy Keane   Salomon Olembe
Sub - 71 minutes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer   Lamine Sakho Sub - 73 minutes
Match Reports
BBC Man Utd 1 - 1 Leeds
The Guardian United flaws are laid bare by Leeds spirit
The Independent Smith exposes the title flaws
The Observer Smith makes Reds suffer United held by defiant Leeds
The Sporting Life Manchester United 1 - 1 Leeds
The Sunday Times Smith punishes slack United
The Electronic Telegraph Smith dents United title hopes
The Times Smith leaves Ferguson with little defence
Yorkshire Evening Post An Al-mighty survival boost

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United flaws are laid bare by Leeds spirit - Daniel Taylor

Copy from Football Unlimited of 23/02/2004.

Manchester United's title aspirations have been bludgeoned by opponents brandishing only a wooden spoon. If, as looks increasingly likely, Arsenal are to reclaim the championship trophy, Sir Alex Ferguson should focus his inquest on how his side have surrendered five points against the Premiership's bottom clubs in Leeds and Wolves.

Between them the setback at Molineux and the solitary point against Leeds are acts that should be regarded as reckless by everyone at Old Trafford, particularly with a home defeat by Middlesbrough sandwiched in the middle.

United may be skilled escapologists but, given the seven-point gap behind Arsenal, and the differing form of England's best two sides, retaining the title might need an even more impressive feat of durability than that of last season when they were eight points adrift at one stage but with a game in hand.

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Smith makes Reds suffer - Ian Whittell

Copy from Football Unlimited of 22/02/2004.

Sir Alex Ferguson questioning Arsenal's ability to handle the pressure, Roy Keane issuing his annual state of the nation address to criticise and belittle his team-mates - it must be that time of year again when Manchester United get down to the serious business of winning the title.

The timing of those two pronouncements last week owed nothing to coincidence and everything to the fact that there was a tacit acknowledgement within Old Trafford, and even their most optimistic followers, that their north London rivals were firmly in the driving seat at the top of the table.

By early afternoon yesterday, and following the latest in a series of unconvincing displays, concerns among Manchester United supporters should have extended well beyond takeover bids from racehorse and American football club owners.

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