Manchester United’s first league game at Elland Road in 16 years ended in a 0-0 draw.

Here’s a look at five things we learned from the game …

Protests dominate the discussion

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Even before a ball was kicked, the topic of the day was United fans’ frustration with owners The Glazers.

United fans kept this high on the agenda with a banner that flew across Elland Road before kick-off.

Fans demonstrated outside Old Trafford yesterday and another is expected next weekend before the game in Liverpool.

The message on the banner was important. This is not about the Super League, that was the tip of the iceberg. This is about United going into debt and getting into debt every year.

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Dan James doesn’t take a chance

James was superb in a 6-2 home win over Leeds and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer repeated the trick again on Elland Road. It didn’t work out either.

The Welshman was caught in a mix-up with Bruno Fernandes when he scored the goal in the second half, which summed up his afternoon.

He then lost possession in the penalty area when Marcus Rashford scored the goal after an hour. United needed it to be a lot sharper.


Wait a long time for changes

It took until the 76th minute for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to come on. Paul Pogba replaced Dan James.

With United struggling to collapse Leeds, there was no point waiting that long.

United may have a big week ahead of them, but the players have also had a rare week off. Solskjaer should have forced the issue much earlier.

Edinson Cavani was missing and only came in five minutes. Mason Greenwood has played well lately but didn’t have much success this afternoon.

Substitute on 89th minute Donny van de Beek summed up his season and felt a little unfair after his impressive performance and support from the bench last week.

Quality was lacking, but efforts were made

United will be disappointed not to have won the game but honestly we haven’t done enough.

This was not due to a lack of effort. The players competed, physically faced Leeds and won individual fights.

The difference was just a failure to take the risk we created and some questionable substitutions.

The players did the job and while the game took a while to get started it said a lot about the way United played and competed that Leeds never looked like a goal.

However, this was a missed opportunity to gain some momentum ahead of the Europa League first leg against Roma.

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The title seems to be over

United’s aspirations for the title were already hanging by a thread. One point won here wasn’t enough to keep those faint dreams alive.

These are now eight years without a title, which underlines once again why fans are protesting against the glasses and their leadership of the club.

When it comes to spots in the Champions League, United looks safe and is now 12 points ahead of fifth.

A home win against Liverpool next weekend could end the top four hopes and that is an opportunity this team should enjoy.

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