'Leeds best player', 'Unreal' – Many Leeds & Man U fans rave about Whites ace despite 6-2 loss
Illan Meslier conceded six goals at Old Trafford but won plaudits from both sets of fans after a game to forget for Leeds United.
Meslier could have done much better for the goal from Dan James, letting a fairly weak shot through his legs, but performed heroics in the second half.
Without him, United would probably have scored double figures and that would have been catastrophic.
LUFCDATA posted the impressive figures for Meslier, and the 20-year-old made eight saves – six of them from inside the box.
Only West Brom’s Sam Johnstone has made more saves than him in the Premier League this season.
Illan Meslier vs. Man Utd:
8 saves 🔥
6 saves from inside the box
6 goals conceded
5/8 succ. long passes
Made EIGHT saves & kept the score to single digits. Only Sam Johnstone has made more saves than him in the Premier League this season. pic.twitter.com/nRSEAF7cx4
— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) December 20, 2020
It’s extra impressive when you consider what was going on around him.
The defending from Leeds was at best shambolic and at times completely non-existent.
Meslier must have felt like he had no protection from the Man United attackers and no one could have blamed the youngster for falling to pieces in such a high-pressure situation.
Meslier isn’t the finished article yet but Leeds as a Premier League outfit are a work in progress.
Next season is when we’ll want to see progress and we’re sure that Meslier will be a much more rounded keeper then.
In the meantime, he saved Leeds from a cricket score at Old Trafford and fans on both sides of the divide recognised this.
Here are the best reactions from Leeds and Man United fans…
Why is anyone moaning about Meslier? I wish our back 4 was as good as him. Real talent & I hope he’s our keeper for the next 15 years.
— Matthew Burch (@matthewrburch) December 20, 2020
Meslier is a quality Lad , we know how good he is . This loss is not down to him . Let`s just move on and get 3 points next game .
— LUFC YORKIE LAD (@Bobsmit63776941) December 20, 2020
without him we’d be in a much worse position. absolute diamond
— ellie may (@ellufc) December 20, 2020
From a United fan some of the saves he made were quality
— andrew (@andrewutd_ni) December 20, 2020
While #MUFC could’ve made it 7-2, or 8-2 but no more chances could pass Meslier.
Honestly, didn’t expect this big win, but it’s very well done at home for the first time in the league this season! 3 points to bounce up 3rd, 5 points behind the top with a game in hand!
— CPE の タナーノン (´w`) (@ThananonTH) December 20, 2020
— Ben Pearson (@LUFCpearson27) December 20, 2020
— Charles (@prince_chas_cca) December 20, 2020
What a performance that was 👏🏻 not perfect, but so good on the attack, looked dangerous every time we got the ball and only for Meslier it could have been double figures. How ever long it lasts, the title challenge is on! 🔴⚽ #MUFC
— Rob Gaffney (@robgaffer92) December 20, 2020
— Orake #Glazersout (@orakeFI) December 20, 2020
It ain't meslier, he's made some outstanding saves but how many shots has he faced? Its far from his fault. Its our style of play. No keeper would have kept all the shots he's faced out. Lay off him #lufc
— Darth Pigeon (@LUFC444) December 20, 2020
For those Leeds fans saying to put Kiko in net, please open your eyes, Meslier has kept us in most games this season with crucial saves and is only going to get better, Keepers get way too much hate in today’s game, We have a future France no1 in our hands #lufc
— Harry Merrell💙💛 (@HarryMerrell_) December 20, 2020
Mark my words someone's gonna smash 10 past us this season…
Without an exceptional Meslier we would have conceded 13 today…#Lufc
— Ayub Patel (@AyubPatel123) December 20, 2020
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