'It shows' - Pascal Struijk happy with what Leeds United have proved in recent Premier League run

Pascal Struijk believes Leeds United's recent run of Premier League results shows Marcelo Bielsa's side can compete with the best.

Monday, 26th April 2021, 5:11 pm
Updated Monday, 26th April 2021, 5:12 pm
Leeds United defender Pascal Struijk in action against Manchester United. Pic: Getty

The Whites earned a 0-0 draw against arch rivals Manchester United on Sunday which saw the Elland Road outfit end April unbeaten in the Premier League

The month began with a win over Championship-bound Sheffield United but Leeds then faced a trip to Manchester City before the hosting of Liverpool and the Red Devils.

United claimed a stunning victory over the runaway league leaders at the Etihad after being reduced to 10 men following the dismissal of club captain Liam Cooper thanks to VAR intervention.

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Stuart Dallas' late winner sparked wild celebrations for the newly-promoted Whites - and ended a run of 26 wins in 27 outings for City across all competitions.

Leeds followed up with another dramatic finish just days later as Diego Llorente's leveller came five minutes from time against Jurgen Klopp's Reds in LS11 to earn a deserved point.

Bielsa's men once again battled to a draw against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side to finish the month and make amends for a 6-2 reverse at Old Trafford in December.

Leeds have moved up to ninth in the standings and are enjoying a strong campaign overall back in the top flight at the first time of asking.

Struijk - who has come back into defence in the absence of the suspended Cooper - says he and his teammates have been pleased by their recent performances.

"We're quite happy - it was a difficult game [against Manchester United]," he reflected post-match.

"I think the whole team is very happy with the points we're getting. I said it before but it shows we can compete with the best.

"Every game is still important. We're just trying to get out there and win. It was difficult for us to play out from the back with their high press but I think defensively we showed a good structure."

Asked if he needed to pinch himself after taking on the likes of Edison Cavani this term, he said: "Always. Every opponent is the same - I just try and face them and mark them out of the game.

"I'm always very critical of myself. I didn't think my first half was too good. But in the second half I did well defensively.

"I wanted to do better on the ball. They have some good players that have individual quality."