Honours even with Barnsley...
UNITED 3 (Becchio 23, Gradel 37, 70), BARNSLEY 3 (Shackell 2, Hill 48, Trippier 81)
United: Schmeichel, Lichaj, O'Brien, Bruce, McCartney, Johnson, Kilkenny, Snodgrass (Watt 66), Howson, Gradel, Becchio (Somma 66). Subs: Higgs, Paynter, Parker, Bromby, McCormack.
Barnsley: Steele, Shackell, McShane, Hassell (Butterfield 74), Trippier, Doyle, Hill, Mellis (Gray 90), Arismendi, Haynes, O'Connor. Subs: Lovre, Bennett, Preece, Nouble, O'Brien.
Referee: M Clattenburg
Booked: Johnson, Gradel (Leeds), O'Brien (Barnsley)
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United boss Simon Grayson had named an unchanged side for the third game in succession as his side took on Yorkshire rivals for the first time in 2011.
United had lost 5-2 at Barnsley back in September, and the visitors were at front at Elland Road inside 90 seconds. Keiran Trippier sent over a free-kick from deep, Danny Haynes got a decisive touch insisde the box, and Jason Shackell was able to apply the finishing touch from close range.
It was an early blow for Leeds, and Barnsley were denied a second opportunity when an offside flag pulled Haynes up as he ran through on goal.
United's first half-chance came when Max Gradel rattled the woodwork with a rare headed effort inside the opening 10 minutes.
The winger went even closer moments later when Luke Steele could count himself fortunate to keep Gradel's free-kick out. Steele touched the ball onto the bar and it bounced back and came off the back of his head before going wide.
Gradel was involved again, swinging in a ball which Robert Snodgrass touched on for Luciano Becchio, who steered a shot wide.
But United were level in the 23rd minute. Becchio was the scorer, rising well at the far post to head home a George McCartney cross.
It was the visitors who fashioned out the next chance when England under-21 international Trippier delivered a good cross from the by-line, but Garry O'Connor couldn't apply the finishing touch.
Back at the right end, Jonny Howson tried his luck from distance with an effort which was collected by Steele, and moments later, United were awarded a penalty when Gradel was brought down by Matt Hill. The winger stepped up and coolly converted the spot-kick to put Leeds in front.
And it was almost 3-1 with three minutes when Barnsley failed to clear a corner and Bradley Johnson smashed a shot against the upright.
United were putting Barnsley under some pressure as the game headed towards half-time, and you sensed that Mark Robins men would welcome the whistle.
The break certainly benefited the visitors and Barnsley were back on terms within minutes of the re-start when Trippier played in Hill and he tucked the ball home with a low drive.
Moments later, United were reduced to 10 men when Johnson was given a second yellow card for a foul on Mellis. The midfielder will now miss Saturday's game against Swansea City.
United's response came when Neil Kilkenny floated a corner over and Alex Bruce headed over the top.
Barnsley were still finding space, though, and Jim O'Brien tried his luck from distance with a shot which was deflected wide by one of his own team.
Davide Somma and Sanchez Watt were introduced with 25 minutes remaining, and the latter immediately found himself undergoing treatment after a clash with Jim O'Brien.
Watt swiftly recovered and he got a touch to release Gradel to fire United back in front with a great strike from distance. The winger picked up the ball, worked himself an opening, and bent the ball home to make it 3-2.
Gradel was also involved at the start of a move that ended with Somma seeing a shot deflected for a corner while Schmeichel tipped an Arismendi header over the bar at the other end.
As the visitors looked to return the ball forward, following a cleared corner, the referee awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box. Trippier stepped up to try his luck and converted.
And there was no sign that the game would tighten up as both sides looked to win the game during the closing stages.
Five minutes were added on, and it took some desperate defending from Andy O'Brien and Jonny Howson to deny Haynes in the first of those added minutes. The visitors continued to apply the pressure and Lichaj had to make a good clearance before Schmeichel came off his line to collect a cross from deep.
O'Connor did drag a shot wide for the visitors in the 95th minute before the final whistle on another high-scoring encounter between the two sides.