Neville refuses to change his mind over ‘annoying’ Man Utd vs Leeds commentary

Gary Neville insists he "hasn't got anything bad to say" about Leeds United despite them losing 6-2 at Old Trafford.

Some football fans – and Mirror Sport columnist Stan Collymore – have expressed surprise at the amount of praise Leeds have received from commentators and pundits following the defeat, which featured a total of 43 shots between the two sides.

But Neville insists Leeds are a breath of fresh air under Marcelo Bielsa this season, and says that he won't criticise them for playing in the manner that they are.

"I said yesterday on commentary, and it maybe annoyed some people we were talking about Leeds as much as Manchester United," said Neville on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football.

"Because when you watch this team live, and you're seeing them for the first time in the Premier League in this last few months, it is simply breathtaking.

"You cannot really say anything negative about it.

"There will be cynics out there who say it's ridiculous, that they concede that many goals, they do this wrong, they do that wrong, it's just the aura and presence of Bielsa…

"But I've watched four games live of Leeds United this season, and I want to see brilliant performances, I'm going to watch Burnley against Wolves tonight and we're going to admire a more rigid game, a methodical game.

"But how can we watch what we saw yesterday… the game against Manchester City [a 1-1 draw] was one of the best 45 minutes of football I've seen in the Premier League working at Sky. That yesterday was breathtaking, end-to-end.

"They're throwing out statistics in games which are just completely different that what Burnley, Fulham, West Brom would do.

"I haven't got anything bad to say about it, I really haven't.

"We criticise everybody, we analyse everybody to death, but they've just come up to the Premier League and they're an absolute breath of fresh air."

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