Chris Wilder praises Marcelo Bielsa's 'refreshing change' after Leeds United boss changed his assessment of victory over Sheffield United

Chris Wilder, the Sheffield United manager, has welcomed a "refreshing change" after Marcelo Bielsa, his counterpart at Leeds United, appeared to change his assessment of last weekend's game between the two Yorkshire rivals.

Friday, 2nd October 2020, 11:50 am
Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder and Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa gesture: Darren Staples/Sportimage

Bielsa, speaking after Patrick Bamford's 88th-minute header gave his side a 1-0 win at Bramall Lane, claimed that the result was a "just" one.

Wilder disagreed with that assessment in the immediate aftermath of the game, after watching Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier

deny John Lundstram and George Baldock with two superb saves.

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In his press conference ahead of his side's game against Manchester City, Bielsa admitted Wilder's "argument", that United created the best opportunities of the game, were "good".

And Wilder, speaking ahead of United's clash with Arsenal on Sunday, admitted: "It's fabulous and a refreshing change that, after watching the game back, he saw the game in the same light that I did.

"I've got an awful amount of respect for Marcelo, and they won a tight game. All games in the Premier League are going to be tight but we're here to pick up results as well as play well."

Bielsa, asked about any potential weaknesses he may have seen in Pep Guardiola's City ahead of their weekend clash, said: "I never find it very comfortable to talk about an opponent’s weaknesses. The season is very short and it’s very hard to make conclusions as to whether they are weaker than before. But to talk about an opponent’s weakness in public is never a comfortable thing.

"After the last game I thought that the victory would have been a fair one, but the opposition manager Chris Wilder thought that what I thought was a fair victory, was in fact not. I then listened to the arguments that he gave and I looked over what happened in the game and I understood, that justifiably, he could have the opinion that he did. Because they had very clear scoring opportunities.

"This makes me think the opinions that we have when the opponent is involved, we need to manage with caution. I would never have said victory was fair had I taken into consideration the arguments of the manager of Sheffield United. The arguments were good."