Luke Ayling delivers honest verdict after Manchester United defeat

Luke Ayling claimed that “a really poor five minutes” cost Leeds United any chance of a result as they were well beaten by Manchester United.

The 29-year-old scored a fantastic goal for the Whites, but it turned out to be nothing more than a consolation as the Red Devils ran out 5-1 winners at Old Trafford.

It was a strike that commentator Darren Fletcher branded “an early contender for goal of the month” but one that Ayling won’t have fond memories of after what followed in the second half.

When speaking to BT Sport’s Des Kelly after the match, he made it clear that the team will be looking at what went wrong in order to put it right for the visit of Everton next week.

“We held tight in the first half after the first goal and we got back into it,” he claimed. “We scored the goal and were then 3-1 down before we could get our breath back. I’m not sure what happened and we’ll have to look at it and make sure we’re right for the next game.

“Some people might say we scored too early in the second-half but a really poor five minutes cost us the game and we shouldn’t do that against a good team like that.

“They’ve got the players and it was always going to be difficult.”

The Leeds right-back was quick to draw on the similar result that he and his team-mates were on the receiving end of at the same stadium last season.

The Whites went on to win 13 of their 24 remaining league fixtures following the infamous 6-2 defeat on their way to an impressive ninth-place finish.

“We were beaten here last year and we came back from that at the end of the season,” Ayling said. “We’ll look at it and get a few players back in the team and we’ll go again.”

Despite being on the losing side in front of over 70,000 Man United supporters, Ayling was keen to highlight how nice it was to be playing in front of a full house again.

He said: “I know it’s a bad result for us but it’s great to see the fans back. We can’t wait to get back to our place next weekend.”

Marcelo Bielsa’s side will now prepare for their first home match of the campaign as they host Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton next Saturday in front of a sold out Elland Road.

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