Marcelo Bielsa brushes-off speculation over his future at Leeds ahead of Man United test

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Marcelo Bielsa brushes-off speculation over his future at Leeds ahead of Man United test as Argentine pledges to ‘take more responsibility’ in fight to move clear of relegation

  • Marcelo Bielsa is under pressure of his job with Leeds struggling in the top-flight
  • The Whites are struggling with poor form and injuries, sitting down in 15th
  • Bielsa is not worried about the sack and is focused on finding a solution 
  • He also insisted Leeds will be aiming to inspire the crowd against Man United 


Marcelo Bielsa has insisted his Leeds players have to be proactive and not rely on a partisan crowd if they are to beat Manchester United and ease their relegation fears.

The two famous rivals haven’t met at Elland Road in front of fans in the league since 2003 but Bielsa is adamant his team have to inspire the home support rather than the other way round.

‘We need to think more of what we can give to the public than what we receive from them,’ said the Argentinian. 

Marcelo Bielsa is calling on his players to ramp-up the Elland Road atmosphere on Sunday

Marcelo Bielsa is calling on his players to ramp-up the Elland Road atmosphere on Sunday 

Leeds face Man United amid a difficult run of form as they slide towards the bottom three

Leeds face Man United amid a difficult run of form as they slide towards the bottom three 

‘There are things you can control and things you can’t. What you need to do is focus on maximising what you can control.

‘It’s not difficult for the players or me as a manager to be motivated. Nobody can stay at this level if they can’t guarantee 100 per cent enthusiasm. The level of competition forces that.’

Bielsa, 66, is in his fourth season at Elland Road — the longest stint at one club in his whole career.

A 3-0 defeat at Everton last weekend meant the club’s Premier League status is still not assured and an injury crisis will again see them without key men Patrick Bamford and Kalvin Phillips today.

Bielsa is in his fourth season with Leeds United and will need to improve to keep his job

Bielsa is in his fourth season with Leeds United and will need to improve to keep his job  

‘The injuries don’t justify the season we’ve had,’ he said, refusing to use them as an easy excuse.

‘I am always subject to evaluation. It is necessary I take on more responsibility. My future is not a subject we should talk about at this moment.’

Illan Meslier, the youngest goalkeeper in the Premier League, had a rare off-day a week ago at Goodison Park but Bielsa believes the 21-year-old can reach the levels set by his opposite number David de Gea.

‘The two keepers are at a very high level but with differences in experience,’ he added.

‘Meslier has the potential and is on that path but he has to show that on a weekly basis.’ 

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