By Daniel Feliciano

21st Feb, 2022 | 9:00am

Jonathan Woodgate slaughters Leeds defence for what they did v Manchester United

Former Leeds man Jonathan Woodgate has slaughtered Diego Llorente for his defending against Manchester United, while appearing on BBC Match of the Day 2.

The Whites were beaten 4-2 at Elland Road against their fierce rivals, with Man United scoring their first goal of the season directly from a corner to break the deadlock.

While appearing on Match of the Day 2, Woodgate analysed the goal and blasted Llorente for what he described as ‘poor’ and ‘lazy’ defending

“If you look at Llorente’s body position here, he doesn’t look at the ball until the last second,” he said.

“For me, Harry Maguire bullies him. He’s not even looking at the ball, he’s fixated on the man. That’s not how you mark, you have to go ball and man, you have to be looking at both.

“Even Meslier, he comes and he’s in no man’s land. If he stays on his line as well, he just catches it.

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“Look at the back post too, Pogba’s shirt getting pulled. If Maguire doesn’t get it, then it’s a pen. It’s a pen all day long, especially if they go back on VAR and have a look at it.

“But that’s not how you mark in the box. It’s poor defending. In my view, it’s lazy defending.”


The opening goal from Maguire was the first time Man United scored direct from a corner this season, but it was the 12th time Leeds have conceded one.

It shows a clear pattern in the way that the club defend set-pieces, and it’s not a good sign if they’re giving up goals so freely from these situations.

Leeds have now conceded 50 goals in the Premier League this season, a tally only topped by the division’s bottom club Norwich with 53.

Woodgate noticed several problems with individuals, but the statement of it being ‘lazy’ and ‘poor’ is a sentiment that will be shared by fans across the country.

Leeds are desperate for survival and if they’re going to be playing Premier League football next season then they absolutely need to correct these types of issues.

That means calling out the ‘lazy’ defending that is costing them, starting with Llorente against Man United and continuing with every other instance that it occurs until they stamp it out completely.

In other Leeds news, Marcelo Bielsa & Raphinha held private talks this week before Leeds XI snub v Man Utd