‘Couldn’t cope!’ Alan Shearer highlights Leeds United area of concern after loss at Man Utd



Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer has pinpointed an area of concern for Leeds United after their 5-1 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday afternoon.

Leeds were on the end of a second consecutive hammering at Old Trafford as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side swept aside the Whites with a comfortable victory.

Despite Luke Ayling’s stunner just four minutes into the second half that cancelled out Bruno Fernandes’ opener, the Red Devils strung together a clinical eight-minute spell that put the game beyond Leeds.

Goals from Mason Greenwood, Fred and another two from Fernandes to complete his hat-trick left Marcelo Bielsa’s side red-faced as their season got off to the worst possible start.

But it was the nature of the goals that will have frustrated Whites’ boss Bielsa the most, with four of the Red Devils’ five on the day coming from long balls in behind the defence.

Stand-in defensive midfielder Robin Koch was, perhaps, the main culprit for this as Fernandes ran off the back of the German on more than one occasion and it cost Leeds dearly.

Speaking on Saturday night’s Match of the Day show, Shearer claimed that this was a problem that Leeds failed to combat throughout the afternoon.

He told the BBC: “There’s the run off the ball, there’s the ball behind. The touch with the right foot, the finish with the left, and Leeds just couldn’t cope with it.”

Errors such as these are particularly heightened in Bielsa’s man-to-man marking system and showed what the Whites were missing without Kalvin Phillips, who nullified much of the threat posed by Fernandes in the two sides’ previous meeting at Elland Road.





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