Man Utd v Leeds Utd: Match in pictures
Patrick Bamford and his Leeds team-mates are fully committed to Marcelo Bielsa’s tactics despite them shipping six at Manchester United.
The visitor’s intense style has earned plenty of plaudits, but since their promotion it has seen them ship goals on a regular basis.
Clean sheets have been a rarity in the top flight with Leeds having the league’s worst defence.
Bamford acknowledges the demands placed on them by their Argentine coach, but the squad believe in his methods.
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The Whites have won five of their 14 games, but their frontman is adamant they would win every game if they executed their tactics appropriately.
He said: “We’re fully behind the manager, we know what he demands and the high levels that he demands. Ultimately if we play exactly the way he wants to we’d win the game – we’d win every match.
“But we’re human and we make errors and sometimes we’re not quite at it. It’s fine margins. If we win the ball, outside their 18 yard box and it’s a great chance to score, but if we’re a little bit late on the press we’re caught out.”
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He added: “Everyone is frustrated and disappointed but we’ve got to stick together. That’s one of the things that the captains of the groups have said ‘we can’t play like that, but we stick together and we don’t blame anyone or single anyone out, it’s a team game.
“And we as a team haven’t performed to the level that we should have today and we’ve got to take that on the chin’. It’s frustrating and difficult to go back in there and look at everyone, after we’ve not performed to the level that we should.
“They penned us in, they’ve obviously watched us a lot and saw where to try and push us down an alleyway.
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“We started softly, and that’s the most disappointing thing – in a big game like this, a derby, where it means so much to the club and the fans and I’m almost glad the fans weren’t allowed in to watch that because it would have felt even worse sending them home after watching that.
“It’s tough because 6-2 – it could have 6-6 if you’re an optimistic Leeds fan or it could have been 10-2. We couldn’t do ourselves justice.
“I can imagine for the neutral that watching Leeds is great all the time, but to be honest today I’d have much preferred a 1-0 boring win but it is our style of play.
“It is fine margins, sometimes it works but if you’re one yard out of place you get picked off against the best players.”
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