'Abysmal', 'Gutted' - Leeds fans react as Bielsa drops 'immense' player vs Sheffield United

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has made one change to his starting XI ahead of Saturday’s Yorkshire derby against struggling Sheffield United – and fans have been quick to react on social media.

Saturday, 3rd April 2021, 2:10 pm
Marcelo Bielsa, Manager of Leeds United. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

The Whites go into this afternoon’s clash knowing that a win would take them into the top half of the table, as well as extending their current unbeaten run to three matches.

By contrast, the Blades have lost four of their last five in the Premier League, and are rooted to the foot of the division, 14 points adrift of safety.

Leeds edged the last meeting between these two sides, with Patrick Bamford scoring an 88th minute winner in a tense 1-0 victory at Bramall Lane.

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Taking all of that into account, the only alteration that Bielsa has made from the side that beat Fulham a fortnight ago sees Liam Cooper return to heart of defence in place of Pascal Struijk – much to he annoyance of some fans.

We’ve gathered some of the best reactions from supporters on Twitter below:

@OllieTour tweeted: “Why is Cooper playing? Struijk has been immense recently”

@LPP2014 tweeted: “That’s extremely harsh on Struijk to say the very least”

@ElliottCJC_ tweeted: “Sad for Struijk but Liam has been brilliant this season and is the captain. Can't complain about the team and let's hope Alioski has a better game in LB… Very good bench as well.”

@Stewwy_10 tweeted: “Why Cooper and Roberts? Abysmal selection.”

@WAFLL1919_ tweeted: “Gutted for Struijk, been immense. His composure on the ball makes us better playing out from the back and is one that can actually win headers”

@Varneyshairline tweeted: “Bench is better than the starting 11. Sorry but Cooper should have to fight to get in. I get loyalty, but we are stronger without him”.

@JoshLUFC17 tweeted: “Justice for Pascal”.

@ginna10 tweeted: “All the armchair managers saying cooper shouldn't be in. You know more than Marcelo do you? You seen the team working day in and day out so you can make an informed decision? Bielsa is a God but you doubt him when he makes his decisions.”