'He allowed this to happen' – Match of the Day pundit blames one Leeds man for massive 6-2 loss
Dion Dublin said that Marcelo Bielsa was to blame for the huge defeat Leeds United took at the hands of the only enemy at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Dublin and fellow Match of the Day presenter Micah Richards said that the man-marking system was exploited ruthlessly by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Dublin said that any other manager would have changed things up as the game went on.
Talking on Match of the Day 2 on Sunday night, Richards started off the analysis, focusing on Kalvin Phillips in the middle of the pitch.
“Phillips, who I’m a big admirer of, but he got left alone today,” Richards said. “He didn’t have no help.
“It kept happening and happening, the same mistakes.
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“It’s like they didn’t learn. Against anyone having a good day, they’ll get exposed.”
Dublin took up the thread saying, “They went man for man. Ole knew this was going to happen, and he knew where to put Bruno [Fernandes]… In areas where he wasn’t going to hurt Leeds but in areas where other players behind him would.
“If you’re going to get hurt two, three, four times, surely you change your game plan? Not Bielsa.
“He allowed this to happen. Man United said fair enough, we’ve worked on that in the training ground.”
In Bielsa we trust
Not everyone destroyed how Leeds played and will play again next time out.
Roy Keane, who you’d expect to be scathing of the Leeds defence, said that he loved the way Bielsa’s men play and that they’d avoid relegation this season.
— Matt (@mattlittleLUFC) December 20, 2020
BBC journalist Dan Walker sent out a tweet after the game saying, “Leeds must change the way they play – discuss”.
Leeds journalist Joe Urquhart said what every Leeds fan should be thinking when he replied saying, “No they shouldn’t. End of discussion.”
No they shouldn’t. End of discussion. https://t.co/r73EUQQpjr
— Joe Urquhart (@JoeUrquhart_) December 20, 2020
The reality is that with the system Leeds play, they will get caught out every now and again.
That it happened against Man United was heartbreaking and left plenty of Leeds fans angry, but we need to remember the Liverpool game and the Man City game.
We need to remember the Newcastle game and the Everton game.
Let’s look forward to the return game against Mna United at Elland Road and hope that the Leeds fans are back in.
The noise they’ll make will be worth an extra man and we’re sure the result will be different.
In the meantime, in Bielsa we trust.
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