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Marcelo Bielsa believed that Leeds always had a chance to get back into the game despite losing 6-2 to Manchester United, and praised him for fighting the entire game.
Facing their rivals in the Premier League for the first time in 16 years, Leeds gave themselves a mountain to climb when they lost two goals in three minutes.
They had some of their own opportunities, but Man Utd punished the ones they didn’t take. It was 4-0 at 37 minutes.
Leeds didn’t throw in the towel, and Liam Cooper and Stuart Dallas scored on either side of a goal from opponent Daniel James. Although the four-goal margin remained full-time, Bielsa never lost faith.
He said BBC Sport: “We could have come back throughout the game, there were always opportunities to come back to it.
“We lacked efficiency, they scored their chances and we didn’t. In the second half we played with the throat level until minute 80. After that, they created easier chances than us.
“At half-time the changes were to give more energy in the midfield and recover more balls in the midfield. We were losing by a big margin and he wanted us to get stronger.
“We fought the whole game, that’s an obligation.”
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Solskjaer reacts to ‘frantic’ play
Meanwhile, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said the game was one of the history books.
“Imagine if there were 75,000 people, it would have gone down in history as one of the great performances against Leeds,” he said.
“We had to earn the right by running as much as they do, that’s a challenge. It could have been 12-4! It’s that kind of game.
“I enjoyed it, it was frantic, hectic. It doesn’t matter what the score is, they have a certain attitude or style, if they’re 5-0 up or down. “