By George Overhill

16th Jan, 2022 | 5:40pm

Raphinha performance in Leeds United clash with West Ham delights Alan Smith

Raphinha’s role in the disallowed fourth goal for Leeds United at West Ham on Sunday was “pure class” according to Alan Smith.

The Brazilian beat West Ham defender Issa Diop down the right flank before delivering a ball into the box that saw Mateusz Klich apparently put the Whites 4-2 up with a quarter-hour remaining, before a VAR intervention ruled it out for offside against Rodrigo on the line.

The Sky Sports pundit was in awe of the Leeds attacker’s role in the sequence, saying live on the match broadcast: “It’s pure class from Raphinha, it really is, once the ball comes to him.

“Finds himself with a one on one v Diop. He’s got him on toast here, it’s really good play.

“You can count on him to pick the right ball. He’s had a fine game, Raphinha.”

Top class showing

The United attacker was one of a number of players who performed exceptionally at the London Stadium as the club secured a huge victory, taking them nine points clear of the Premier League relegation zone.

Jack Harrison scored all three of the goals that stood in registering his first ever hat-trick and securing back-to-back wins for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

The performance was especially impressive considering it was a repeat of the fixture that saw the team surrender relatively meekly in the FA Cup last weekend in a 2-0 defeat, although the decision to allow the Hammers opener in that game was controversial.

But in the league match up this weekend, despite still missing a number of key players through injury, Leeds went straight at the home side, catching them unawares.

It looked like the tables had turned when Adam Forshaw and Junior Firpo both had to come off through injury in the first half and Jarrod Bowen equalised soon after.

But United kept up the performance throughout, refusing to let go of the three points even when they were twice pegged back, and had the fourth ruled out via a contentious VAR decision for the second weekend in a row at this stadium.

It was a shining example of Marcelo Bielsa getting it right in the type of game that makes his management so popular.

In other Leeds United news, a perfect 10/10 was awarded in the MOTLeedsNews player ratings from the match.