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Marcelo Bielsa: ‘Leeds won’t change our style’ against Manchester United

Marcelo Bielsa hit the headlines in 2018-19 for sending a member of his Leeds staff to Derby's Moor Farm training ground to report on their training routine.

Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa says they’ll attack Manchester United in today’s clash.

Ahead of this much-anticipated fixture between the two great northern rivals – the first in the Premier League since 2004 – Bielsa will not take a backward step.

“When the two teams both want to sit back and play on the counter-attack, there is no game,” argues the Argentine.

“To play on the counter-attack, two things are essential – the team you are facing plays high up the pitch, and loses the ball when they are trying to make the play. But if the two sides do the same thing, they cancel each other out.

“We’re going to try and use our resources and hope they are enough to deal with United’s counter-attacks and threat from set-pieces, without changing our style.

“There’s a safe way of doing this, with us playing in our own half so there is no chance for them to counter-attack. But we’re not prepared to do that.

“We’re prepared to avoid their counter-attacks, using a much riskier approach while we try to play our own game.

“For me, it’s about the way you win. Perhaps others will tell me that the result is the most important thing and it doesn’t matter how. But that is just another point of view.”

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