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Bielsa relishing ‘classic game’ against Manchester United

Marcelo Bielsa admits he is relishing a ‘classic game’ between Leeds and Manchester United this weekend as the two northern rivals meet at Elland Road.

Leeds host the Red Devils in the Premier League on Sunday, in the latest instalment of a fascinating rivalry between the two cross-Pennine rivals.

 

The clash will be the first time Leeds have faced Manchester United in front of a home crowd in the Premier League since 2003, with last season’s 1-1 draw coming in the absence of supporters.

Bielsa has hailed the unconditional supports of the Leeds fans and admits he is relishing the chance to take on the side’s fierce rivals in front of a capacity crowd.

“A classic game is always a challenge that is very motivating,” Bielsa said at his pre-match press conference.

“It’s not about what I would like but it’s what the fans give, always. They always support the team unconditionally.

“It’s difficult to imagine a support bigger than the one we’ve already received. The presence of a classic opponent increases the enthusiasm and it will be precious to be able to witness it.

“Of course, we think more about what we need to give to the public rather than what we need to receive from them.

“I think the players, in general, imagine the type of game they will come up against.”

Bielsa provided an update on the fitness issues in his squad and confirmed Stuart Dallas is in contention, whilst estimating that both Kalvin Phillips and Liam Cooper will return next month.

“Dallas is recovering, he’s not been discarded from Sunday’s game.

“[Kalvin] Phillips and [Liam] Cooper continue their normal processes, the objective is March.”

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