Leeds claim the bragging rights over Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United as Patrick Bamford’s late header secured a 1-0 win for the Whites at Bramall Lane.
However, this match will be remembered for the fine performances of Blades stopper Aaron Ramsdale and Leeds star Illan Meslier.
If you had to pick who made the better saves, it was Meslier. The Frenchman made two excellent stops in the first half to deny John Lundstram’s point blank effort before turning George Baldock’s powerful strike over.
In between those saves, Ramsdale showed incredible athleticism to turn Stuart Dallas’ scooped shot away from the top corner.
Ramsdale and Meslier also kept Leeds and Sheffield United at bay but they weren’t impenetrable. Dallas successfully rounded the Englishman but the scuffed effort was easily cleared off the line while Jack Robinson missed the target from just six yards out.
And just when it looked like both sides were going to share a point, Bamford headed home Jack Harrison’s pinpoint cross from the left to steal a win for Marcelo Bielsa’s men.
Leeds scored seven goals in their opening two matches of the season, while Chris Wilder’s side have yet to find the net this term. The opening exchanges therefore went against the form book as the visitors struggled for creativity and Sheffield United looked very threatening going forward.
Sheffield United looked certain to break the deadlock when a cross from the left fell to an unmarked Lundstram but his effort was somehow kept out by Meslier. It’s only matchweek three but it’s certainly a contender for save of the season.
However, Ramsdale pulled off a top save of his own moments later. Dallas’ chipped effort was heading for the top corner but the former Bournemouth man to expertly clawed the ball away.
It looked like neither side would get past the respective keepers, however, in the second half Dallas managed to get round Ramsdale but the former Northern Ireland international failed to get anything behind his shot and Chris Basham cleared the ball away from danger.
It’s unlikely Meslier would have been unable to do anything about a late chance for the hosts but defender Robinson failed to connect with a corner from the right properly and missed from six yards out.
Sheffield United were made to pay for this moments later as Bamford scored his third Premier League goal of the season – the striker admitting after the game that the ball hit his nose as Harrison brilliantly picked him out.