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Sunday, December 20, 2020

Leeds Boss Marcelo Bielsa Vows To Stick To His Attacking Principles Against Manchester United

Manchester United vs Leeds United
Man Utd vs Leeds
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has vowed to stick to his attacking principles despite Manchester United's counter-attacking prowess as old foes meet each other for the first time in the Premier League since 2004

The Red Devils' counter-attacking prowess was evident on Thursday night against Sheffield United as they won 3-2 at Sheffield United.
However, Marcelo Bielsa believes in his side after they thrashed Newcastle 5-2 as only Liverpool's league matches have had more goals than his team this season in the Premier League.

Marcelo Bielsa insists that he has no intention of going to Old Trafford this afternoon and pack the bus with his fearless Leeds United side.

Bielsa doesn't need reminding about the threat that Manchester United have on the counter-attack, but he refuses to sacrifice his footballing principles in order to make his players do something alien.

In his words;

"When the two teams both want to sit back and play on the counter-attack, there is no game.

"To play on the counter-attack, two things are essential – the team you are facing plays high up the pitch, and loses the ball when they are trying to make the play. But if the two sides do the same thing, they cancel each other out.

"We're going to try and use our resources and hope they are enough to deal with United's counter-attacks and threat from set-pieces, without changing our style.

"There's a safe way of doing this, with us playing in our own half so there is no chance for them to counter-attack. But we're not prepared to do that.

"We're prepared to avoid their counter-attacks, using a much riskier approach while we try to play our own game.

"For me, it's about the way you win. Perhaps others will tell me that the result is the most important thing and it doesn't matter how. But that is just another point of view."

The rivalry between Leeds and Manchester United better known as “The Roses Rivalry”, is incomparable such that whenever the two sides meet there have been instances where tempers have flared over the top.

Not only the fans, the players too have been involved in scuffles on and off the pitch. However, the rivalry in the Premier League came to an end when Leeds United were relegated to the Championship in 2004.

Now the feast for the fans is back with Leeds getting promoted to the top-flight.

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