Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa gets too much credit according to talkSPORT pundit Jason Cundy.
It is not the first time the former Chelsea player has been critical of Leeds, and he took aim at the defence on this occasion.
Leeds even kept a clean sheet against Crystal Palace on Monday but that did not deter Cundy’s comments.
On talkSPORT Daily, he said (05:20), “Bielsa actually isn’t far away, but if they continue to play like that they’ll only ever be mid-table. But they can be as good as they want to be.
“They’re happy (the fans) because they were in the Championship last 16 years.
“This is a Leeds side that is not very far away from being a very very good team.
“Bielsa gets way too much credit, they conceded six at Old Trafford, I’ve never heard a manager get lauded over conceding six.
“Going forward he is a brilliant manager, defensively he is Championship at best.”
Get some perspective
We are getting a bit fed up at the criticisms aimed at Leeds as we are one of the best teams promoted to the Premier League in recent years.
We play entertaining football, possess English talent and have a manager who is not afraid of trying new things.
Yet that is not enough to satisfy Cundy and other talkSPORT pundits, most notably Gabby Agbonlahor.
We do not care, though, as we know how good we are and how brilliant Bielsa is.
Yes we have made mistakes at the back but even the best teams do – just look at Alisson’s performance for Liverpool against Man City last weekend.
The difference is our backline on Monday, including the keeper, cost peanuts by comparison.
Plus, we’ve got two full internationals out in Robin Koch and Diego Llorente.
We have still kept seven clean sheets this term, the joint-seventh highest in the league, and Illan Meslier has the same number of clean sheets as Hugo Lloris and Lukasz Fabianski in fewer games.
Cundy has his priorities wrong.
Why not talk about the improvement of Jack Harrison and Patrick Bamford or the emergence of Pascal Struijk? It is lazy for him to focus on the one game against Man United.
In other Leeds United news, Wilfried Zaha claims Leeds player is the worst he’s ever trained with.