‘Crazy!’ – Roy Hodgson slams Leeds United player for what he did before Manchester United goal



Former England manager Roy Hodgson has criticised the defending style of Junior Firpo following Leeds United’s 5-1 defeat at Manchester United on Saturday.

Firpo was handed his competitive debut for the Whites, replacing Leeds‘ record signing Rodrigo Moreno at half time.

But Hodgson was frustrated at what he saw from the former Barcelona left-back after his involvement in Bruno Fernandes’ second goal of the afternoon.

The 24-year-old stood with his arms behind his back as Fernandes twisted and turned inside the area as he cut in onto his left foot and steered beyond Illan Meslier despite the best efforts of Luke Ayling on the line.

Speaking to Premier League productions, Hodgson claimed that it is something that ‘drives him crazy’.

He said: “There was one of the goals that really highlights my pet hates. That’s the one that Fernandes scores, which is allowed on the goal-line technology rule.

“Seeing the defender, trying to defend it with his hands behind his back. I mean that really does drive me crazy.

“I don’t understand how you can expect defenders to defend and keep their balance if they are running with their hands behind their back.”

Despite the criticism and obvious limitations to this style of defending, Firpo and several defenders across the world often use this technique due to the inconsistency of the handball rule.

Firpo will be hoping to forget this game in a hurry, though, and look towards next week’s clash with Everton at Elland Road where he will be hoping to be handed his first start.





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