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Leeds: Graham Smyth hails Whites trio

Leeds: Graham Smyth hails Whites trio - Leeds United

Leeds defenders Pascal Struijk and Diego Llorente received praise for their performances against Manchester United, as well as the ‘outstanding’ Kalvin Phillips.

The Whites picked up another good result against a top side on Sunday, drawing 0-0 at home to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. In truth, it wasn’t a game which will live long in the memory, but Marcelo Bielsa’s men more than held their own, as was the case against Manchester City and Liverpool recently.

A number of individuals stood out on the day, with Phillips arguably the star turn following a monstrous performance in the middle of the park.

Leeds trio praised by journalist

Taking to Twitter after the game, journalist Graham Smyth hailed the 25-year-old, but pointed out that Struijk and Llorente also excelled:

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These glowing reviews are fully merited, with Phillips not giving Bruno Fernandes a second to breathe at Elland Road, man-marking him and producing a total of four successful tackles and 12 recoveries.

Meanwhile, Struijk and Llorente were a rock-solid centre-back pairing, rarely allowing a dangerous Red Devils attack to click. Struijk won six of his eight duels overall, outlining his dominance, while Llorente enjoyed a pass completion rate of 90%, also winning both of his tackles.

With so many Leeds players on top of their game, it’s little wonder that the in-form visitors couldn’t find a breakthrough on Sunday.

In other news, an ex-Leeds player has been discussing the importance of one individual. Find out who it is here.


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