By Mark Smith

22nd Dec, 2020 | 7:15pm

'Embarrassing' - Chris Sutton destroys Leeds for their 'extreme' naivety v Man United

Chris Sutton has labelled Leeds United “embarrassing” in their 6-2 defeat against Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.

The Whites missed plenty of chances at Old Trafford, with Patrick Bamford, Raphinha and Jack Harrison guilty, whereas the home side were clinical, especially in the first half.

Sutton admitted that Marcelo Bielsa and the Whites are showing extreme levels of naivety as the game went on and they continued to ship chances.

Speaking on BBC 5 Live Sport, Sutton destroyed Leeds claiming that the Red Devils could have reached double figures at Old Trafford.

“It really did become embarrassing,” he said.

“I’d be thinking let’s not get done eight or nine here. That’s what I’d be thinking, and then you’re suggesting the players are thinking ‘we can still get back and get something out of this’ – I mean that’s naivety in the extreme, isn’t it?

“How many chances did they give up though? That’s my point, that while they showed as an attacking team they are very, very good, they were giving so many chances up, it could have been double figures.”

Leeds have a whole host of problems at this moment in time.

Liam Cooper added to those by going off injured, and this was another example of their makeshift defence being exposed in the Premier League.

Bielsa brought on three academy products at Old Trafford, but yet they still managed to somewhat compete against a side that had players worth more than our entire squad.

One problem consistently coming up is the heart of midfield and how open it is.

Looking at this average position graph, Mateusz Klich is playing far too forward against dangerous opposition and is leaving Kalvin Phillips stranded when defending.

Both of Scott McTominay’s goals came from Klich losing his man far too easily, and replays showed him cantering behind the Scotsman as he put Leeds to the sword in three minutes.

This needs to change.

Should our midfield become more compact, and more similar to what it was at the start of this season – these “embarrassing” levels of naivety that Sutton speaks of should disappear.

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