Leeds United’s Argentinian boss isn’t for changing his style even though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s stars – second in the Premier League behind Manchester City – have proved they can be devastating on the counter-attack.
Although his side were routed by United in December, Bielsa took positives from the game, insisting the score would have been much closer if Leeds had taken their chances.
But while recognising United’s break-away power with Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood all devastating in the transition phase, Bielsa insists he won’t adapt the way his own stars play as Leeds look for revenge at Elland Road today.
“We always try to play in the same manner. And when we play at our best, it is because we have managed to impose or put in play those resources that best suit us” says the South American coach.
“We always have the same objective and we always try to reach that objective in the same manner. And when we manage to impose them, this is when we play well.”
Bielsa admires United’s “simple football” and is tuned in to the rivalry that exists between the clubs.
“Simple football is the best football and that is how United play. When the players do what they should do and what they are best doing.
“Manchester Untied is an example of this. This has permitted them to do what they have done. The game is simple but to play simple is very difficult. When you manage to achieve it, it is very satisfying.
“I know perfectly what it means to play in a classic game like this. It’s something that’s built up for so many years, the name, what it means to the fans. I know the effect the result can have on the people.”
Bielsa refuses to analyse the season for his stars until the final game but he believes his team is maturing after conceding only six home goals this year.
“There’s been a growing maturity of the team in general, their development, their experience and their ability to play every game.
“That helps in choosing the correct decisions. When a team reaches that state of maturity they make less errors and that’s what we are seeing. It lifts your stability. We have to show that every week.
“You always learn when you come up against problems you need to solve. You have to make efforts to do that.
“The Premier League has a unique characteristic in that every game is important. But to evaluate the season with six games still left would not be smart on my part.”