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What next for Leeds United after Manchester United thrashing?

What next for Leeds United after Manchester United thrashing?
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Leeds United lost 6-2 away to Manchester United on Sunday, but despite the hefty defeat, they still kept on attacking and creating chances.

Manchester United went 3-0 up very early on, but given Marcelo Bielsa's style of play, Leeds still pushed on and refused to go into damage limitation mode.

Bielsa has formed a Leeds side that plays in a way that is very brave and goes against the norm, which could have led to Bielsa' nomination for the FIFA coach of the year earlier this month.

However, there are serious doubts on whether this fluent and attacking play style is actually suited for the highest level.

This is already that fourth time this season that Leeds have conceded four or more goals, and whilst only four sides have scored more than them in the league, no other team has conceded more goals.

Against United, Leeds had no clear formational balance, as United thrived on counter-attacks that exploited their opponents' leaky defence, as they failed to pick up deeps runs from midfield from the likes of Scott McTominay, Fred and Bruno Fernandes.

This lack of formational balance was highlighted in half-time, as Bielsa made changes in midfield, taking off his usually reliable midfield pair of Kalvin Phillips and Mateusz Klich, bringing on Pascal Strujik and Jamie Shackleton in their place.

Whilst Leeds are a very entertaining side to watch, refusing to give up against United, pushing on to score even in the final minutes of the game as the score was 6-2, they desperately need to improve their form in order to secure a place in the Premier League for next season.

It is also important to note that this style of play requires lots of work-ethic, and in the long-run, as the season wears on, the players might show signs of tiredness and start to drop off in terms of quality, which could be very problematic to Bielsa.

United could have scored ten goals on Sunday, and Leeds could have scored much more as well, but United seemed like a much more stable side when it came to defending.

Due to this result, they have sunk down to 14th in the table, and with the Premier League still being very tight, they could either go on and challenge for Europe, or actually go back down to the Championship, with the Premier League being much more focused on results rather than being the entertainers of the league.

Leeds now face Burnley at home in the Premier League, and afterwards a trip to West Brom, as they look to find some sort of consistency in terms of results.


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