By Sam Stone

29th Dec, 2022 | 11:40am

Ally McCoist blown away by what Sam Greenwood did in Leeds United loss v Manchester City

Ally McCoist was full of praise for Sam Greenwood after the 20-year-old registered an assist for Leeds United in their 3-1 defeat to Manchester City.

Two goals from Erling Haaland and one from Rodri saw Pep Guardiola’s side cruise to a comfortable victory and close the gap to Arsenal at the top of the table.

Jesse Marsch’s men did manage to register a consolation as Greenwood whipped in a corner to assist Pascal Struijk to make the score slightly more respectable. Talking on Amazon Prime McCoist was impressed with the delivery from the Leeds youngster.

“What a ball. What a cross. Great delivery. It’s all about the pace and the quality of the ball from Greenwood,” said McCoist (21:36, 28 December, quoted by BBC Sport).

“Stones probably covers his goalkeeper too much, not sure that he would have saved it anyway. Struijk gets Leeds back in the game. The quality of the set play was excellent.

Consolation

It was a good moment from Leeds, but realistically it was never going to change the course of the match too much. Manchester City were far too good on the night and probably should have come away with a slightly more emphatic victory.

Sadly, the gulf between the Premier League big guns and the rest of the league is growing far too large and it’s getting to a point where two leagues are almost being played out simultaneously.

For Marsch’s young side, the match against City would have been a good learning curve, and the American will be hoping that a number of his players will have learnt a thing or two after playing against one of the best teams on the planet.

Things don’t get any easier for Leeds as they make the trip to the North East to face Newcastle United. The Magpies are flying at the moment and it will be a tough ask for the Whites to avoid a third Premier League defeat on the spin.

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