By Craig Scott

29th Dec, 2022 | 3:10pm

Aaron McLean was unimpressed by Manchester City’s defending when Leeds United grabbed a late consolation goal against them at Elland Road on Wednesday night.

Pascal Struijk headed home his second goal of the season in the 73rd minute of Leeds’ 3-1 loss to Pep Guardiola’s side.

Man City’s marking for Sam Greenwood’s corner was poor and ex-Peterborough striker McLean believes goalkeeper Ederson will be furious with his teammates for allowing his clean sheet to be ruined.

As shown in a clip on the Sky Sports Premier League Twitter account on 28 December, McLean told Sky Sports News: “It’s a really good corner, actually. He puts it into the danger area. But it’s really poor defending from Manchester City, they just totally switch off.

“Pascal Struijk makes a run from around the penalty spot, right in the middle of the goal. He heads it about eight yards out, totally unopposed and gives Leeds a lifeline.

“Ederson will be absolutely livid [with] the fact they didn’t defend that better because it was totally unnecessary and now his clean sheet’s disappeared.”

Switched off

Man City were three goals up and cruising.

If there was a time for them to switch off, it was then.

Guardiola had started making his substitutions and the game was starting to fizzle out when Struijk popped up with that header in the final 20 minutes of the game.

It did spark a bit of life into Leeds as Joe Gelhardt and Wilfried Gnonto both threatened late on for the Whites.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be and a 3-1 defeat at home against Man City isn’t a blot on Jesse Marsch’s record at all.

While the result was expected, it’s still a bit annoying that their goals came from such poor defending.

Illan Meslier did so well to keep Erling Haaland at bay throughout the game but will be disappointed with himself for one of the goals he conceded and furious with Liam Cooper and Robin Koch for the other.

Rodri’s goal could have been avoided too but Leeds’ defence is a mess and needs to be fixed up as soon as possible because not one player in that back-four is currently doing well enough.

In other Leeds United news, Ally McCoist slammed this exit-bound Leeds player for a “silly” incident against Man City.