Every word Marcelo Bielsa said on Leeds United’s Old Trafford slaughter amid Phillips absence

Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United were once again beaten by a four-goal margin at Old Trafford, home to Manchester United.

Unlike last year, this season’s slaughter was witnessed by 75,000 supporters, with fans of both sides making quite a racket on their return to full capacity grounds.

It was not to be a pleasant afternoon for the travelling Leeds support however, as Bielsa’s side went in 1-0 down at the break.

There was some joy just after the half-time interval when Luke Ayling let fly to equalise, celebrating in front of the 3,000-strong Leeds contingent.

However, that was very short-lived as moments later, Mason Greenwood outstripped Pascal Struijk for pace, and slotted beyond Illan Meslier. Bruno Fernandes netted his second and then a third within a ten-minute spell before Fred added an all-too-easy fifth.

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Here is every word Marcelo Bielsa had to say after the game:

Why was it so hard to get any control from the game today?

“It was difficult for us to recover the ball and difficult for us to create danger. The succession of goals after we equalised we could not react. In general, they were superior to us clearly. To have lost the way we lost can’t be described as just a blip.”

Was Manchester United’s success to do with Paul Pogba today or was it their high press?

“It was for a number of reasons, one of them – more than them – was the individual performance of a certain player.”

How much of a miss was Kalvin Phillips today?

“Phillips is a player that always shines. I don’t think it’s a question of individuals as to why we couldn’t play a more balanced game.”

How close was Kalvin to starting and do you have any injury concerns from the game today?

“There’s no new injuries that I’m aware of at the moment and of course Kalvin is always in consideration to be a starter but his lack of preparation hindered him”

What was so different from the game where Leeds nullified Man United at Elland Road?

“Like I said at the start, it was difficult for us to take the ball off them. It was difficult for us to turn our possession into chances.”

Did you see any similarities to the 6-2 defeat from last time?

“No in this case I don’t think the differences were like in that game. In the previous game there was a big difference between the two teams. In this game there were fewer moments which made a big difference.”

Marcelo, what were your thoughts today on Robin Koch in the defensive midfield role?

I liked how he played. I thought he was a dynamic player, he was present. He was willing and committed and made lots of [defensive] efforts.

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