Marcelo Bielsa’s previous trip to Old Trafford back in 2012 saw his Athletic Bilbao side stun Manchester United.

This time United were prepared for Bielsa’s Leeds and ripped them apart, scoring six goals.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United were clinical at times and wasteful as the game went on – the scoreline would have been closer to 10 if not for a series of late saves from Ilan Meslier.

Famed tactician Bielsa explained why Manchester United were better, and he put it down to the speed of the counter attack.

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 He told Leeds’ website: “Their attacks came from the fact we were losing the ball in attacking positions.

“They would transition from defence to attack. 

 

“Our return was slower than their transition and this was linked to the fact that we couldn’t finish our attacks and our return was not at the speed needed.”

Bielsa’s comments were no doubt aimed at frustration towards his own players, and a compliment towards United’s.

The reality was that Solskjaer’s United were simply better, all over the pitch, and Bielsa played right into our hands.

The decision to start Dan James came as a little of a surprise, but it turned out to be a masterstroke as the Welshman gave United the pace and aggression needed to inject a degree of intensity into the attack.

Leeds left too many spaces for James to run into, while Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford had a field day, making 13 dribbles combined.

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