In the final ten minutes at Elland Road, Manchester United scored twice, sending managerless Leeds further into the relegation zone.
Marcus Rashford opened the scoring with his 21st goal of an outstanding season, rising to meet Luke Shaw’s curling cross and heading past Illan Meslier.
The home defense was subsequently bypassed by substitute Alejandro Garnacho, who then beat Meslier at his near post to the clear delight of manager Erik ten Hag on the sidelines.
The outcome was unfair to Leeds, who had a number of good chances but failed to outperform the opposing goalkeeper David de Gea.
Additionally, it puts football director Victor Orta in the spotlight because he is in charge of finding a replacement for Jesse Marsch, who was fired last week.
In his programme notes, chief executive Angus Kinnear, who sat in the directors’ box next to Orta, said that he recognizes the significance of finding a replacement for Marsch quickly, not least because chairman Andrea Radrizzani hinted at it last Tuesday.
If Everton wins the Merseyside derby on Monday at Anfield, Leeds will fall into the bottom three, therefore the work goes on.