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This was the most important for Leeds. In many ways it was his cup final after being promoted to the Premier League.
When the preseason match schedule was released, this was the match every white fan was looking for: a trip to Old Trafford.
There is a fierce rivalry between these two sides and it was sad that no one was inside the ground to witness it. However, Leeds fans can probably consider themselves lucky to be watching from home.
This was a reality check for Marcelo Bielsa’s team as they were absolutely mistreated at Old Trafford, being beaten 6-2.
There was a blitz on Illan Meslier’s goal when he was forced to make eight save a total of 25 attempts towards your goal. Leeds’ defense was absolutely abysmal and was not helped by the introduction of Pascal Struijk at halftime.
Should Raphinha be dropped?
The young Dutchman looked out of reach and awarded a penalty for an awkward challenge to Anthony Martial. However, there was one attacker from Leeds who was possibly even worse: Raphinha.
The summer signing has been impressive since he signed for the whites: he scored at Everton and amassed 2.6 shots per game, but this time I was sad.
Raphinha epitomized her abject performance in the future, turning the ball over a colossal 36 times, more than anyone in the field. It provided a late scoring opportunity for Jack Harrison, but that was the best for the Brazilian who endured a horrible night in Manchester.
To make matters worse, the forward failed to win any of the nine duels he tried, while not succeeding with every dribble he tried. Furthermore, Raphinha completed only 74% of his passes and provided three precise 13-ball crosses to the area.
With Pablo Hernández waiting behind the scenes, this is a performance that should have the Spaniard on his feet. After assisting two goals in an eight-minute cameo against Newcastle, his wait to start could soon be over.
On the big stage, Raphinha’s performance wasn’t good enough and it should have left Bielsa furious.
And in other news, Leeds could have their NEW Ben White if Orta’s penalties are released for “great talent” …