Mason Mount made his Manchester United debut as Erik ten Hag’s team defeated Leeds 2-0 to kick off their preseason programme.
The 24-year-old, who joined for £55 million from Chelsea last month, played the opening 45 minutes and showed promise briefly.
The starting lineup for Ten Hag had a mix of young and seasoned players, including Kobbie Mainoo, Omari Forson, Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez, and Jadon Sancho.
Before the game began, tributes were given to Gordon McQueen, a former defender for Scotland, Manchester United, and Leeds who passed away last month at 70 after a battle with dementia.
The Leeds custodian Kristoffer Klaesson made a fine stop to deny Hannibal Mejbri a good opportunity in the 10th minute after Mount passed in behind for Amad Diallo to set him up.
After recovering possession of the ball, the England midfielder attempted a clever chip over Klaesson from 25 yards that hit the top of the net moments later.
Ten Hag told MUTV prior to kickoff, “I am confident he will contribute to the success of Manchester United because he is a terrific player.
In the midfield, you must both attack and defend. He will give our game some dynamism. In that area in the middle, we need to be more dynamic.
After being relegated last season, Leeds is gearing up for life back in the Championship under new manager Daniel Farke.
In the 67th minute, Norwegian player Isak Hansen-Aaroen, 18, played in Frenchman Noam Emeran, who slipped it in.
Ten minutes before the end, Emeran switched to become a provider for Joe Hugill to secure the victory.
The Red Devils’ preseason schedule continues next Wednesday with a match against Lyon in Edinburgh before they go to the United States for matches against Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, Arsenal, and Wrexham.