By Saikat Mandal

29th Dec, 2022 | 9:30am

Andrea Radrizzani likes tweet to enrage Leeds United fans after defeat v Manchester City in Premier League

Leeds United lost 3-1 against Manchester City in the Premier League at Elland Road in their first game after the World Cup on Wednesday (28 December).

Andrea Radrizzani has liked a tweet from Alexi Lalas, a former US international, and the Whites fans should go berserk over it as it reflects a very negative mindset from the Whites owner.

Lalas suggested that the Whites aren’t “supposed” to beat Manchester City, and therefore the “result doesn’t really matter”. By liking the tweet, the Whites’ majority shareholder has given credence to the opinion.

“Leeds aren’t supposed to beat Manchester City. So this result doesn’t really matter. That’s the reality of the EPL hierarchy. Moving on,” wrote Lallas on Twitter (28 December).

There are two angles to consider here. First, the notion that the Whites “aren’t supposed to beat Manchester City”, and the second one is that it is the “reality of the EPL hierarchy”.

The first one is pure nonsense. Why Leeds aren’t supposed to beat the Premier League champions?

In a game of football, anything can happen, and every club should approach a game to win. That should be the mindset irrespective of league position.

City are a strong side with loads of world-class players but they are not unbeatable. The Premier League has shown that lower clubs have the capability to cause an upset on their day, and the same applies to Leeds as well.

So this very notion that the Whites aren’t supposed to beat a side only suggests that they are only capable of beating mediocre teams. If that’s the mentality of the club, then serious introspection is needed about their long-term vision.

The second point is partially true. Clubs like Liverpool and Manchester City have dominated the Premier League in the past few seasons, but that doesn’t mean defeats against them should be taken for granted.

Leeds did put up a strong fight in the first half, and it’s the players who are to blame for making silly errors, especially at the back.

Radrizzani appears to be a very positive owner, but fans have every right to get aggrieved about his latest Twitter activity.

In other Leeds United news, we have some exclusive team news on a player starting against Man City.