Marcelo Bielsa to take tactical gamble as Leeds face Man Utd
Marcelo Bielsa won’t park the Leeds bus at Old Trafford to stop Manchester United’s rampaging strike force.
And although he admits it’s “risky”, Bielsa intends to fight fire with fire by adopting their usual strategy – and attacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s stars from the start in their eagerly awaited clash today.
The Argentinian coach recognises the danger the speed and creativity Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood pose to his stars or their set-piece threat.
But he insists sitting back to nullify United’s threat simply isn’t an option.
“Sometimes when a team is judged to be naïve, you have to think what would make you change your own way of playing,” said Bielsa.
“We don’t ignore the height of some of the United players or the quality of their set-pieces.
“Nor do we ignore their attackers and how they take advantage of wide open spaces and how they can be played in.
“You only have to watch their match at Sheffield United the other night and you would see this in half an hour.
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“But we’re going to try to use our resources and hope they are enough, without changing our style, to deal with their counter attacks and threat from set-pieces.
“There’s a very safe way of doing this by playing a neutral game, with us playing in our own half so there are no counter attacks.
“But we aren’t prepared to do that.
“We’re prepared to avoid their counter attack using a much riskier approach while we try to play our own game.”
Bielsa has no specific plan to man mark Fernandes out of the game, saying: “You could ask the same question about a number of United’s other players not just Fernandes.
“Of course, in each match, the managers of both teams know the strengths of their opponents and have plans to neutralise them. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.”
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