Performed two, gained two. Marcelo Bielsa can’t ask for way more when taking a look at his report in opposition to Manchester United.
He has an opportunity to maintain up the nice run as one other instalment in one in all English soccer’s greatest rivalries resumes on Sunday when the Purple Devils entertain Leeds on Sunday.
Man United are the favourites to win the Previous Trafford conflict and regardless of having loads of setbacks this season, a win might take them into the highest 4.
Nevertheless, followers shall be cautious about how a lot they struggled final time Bielsa confronted the Purple Devils.
The Argentine was accountable for Athletic Membership and confronted Man United for the primary time in a Europa League last-16 tie again in 2012.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s males had surprisingly exited the Champions League on the group stage in 2011/12 however have been anticipated to get previous the Spanish outfit. It didn’t prove that manner, nevertheless.
The primary leg had an air of familiarity to it when Wayne Rooney gave the three-time European champions the lead. Fernando Llorente equalised on the stroke of half time, nevertheless.
A short lapse in focus within the first half, certainly Fergie’s males would kind issues out after the break? Nope.
Athletic Membership raced to a 3-1 lead because of strikes from Oscar de Marcos – assisted by future United star Ander Herrera – and Iker Muniain. Wayne Rooney’s stoppage-time strike prevented the tie from being taken away from the then-Premier League champions.
Not a superb evening on the workplace for Man United however no less than that they had a second leg to place that proper.
Once more, that they had no solutions for Bielsa’s aspect as they went all the way down to a 2-1 defeat on the San Mames Stadium.
The Purple Devils have been dominated from begin to end with Llorente and De Marcos placing them 2-Zero up. Rooney’s late purpose gave the mixture rating some respect at 5-3.
Man United’s conquerors continued to wow on the continent as they raced to the ultimate of the competitors. However as is commonly the theme with a Bielsa aspect, they fell simply brief on the essential second – Atletico Madrid operating out 3-Zero winners within the closing.
Leeds followers shall be cautious of a possible dip because the season progresses but when the Whites boss can do one other quantity on Man United, that gained’t matter one bit.