Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink raises 'more important' issue over Leeds United penalty appeal against Manchester United

JIMMY Floyd Hasselbaink felt Leeds United could have had a penalty in Sunday's draw against Manchester United but raised a "more important" issue with the Whites attack.

By Lee Sobot
Sunday, 25th April 2021, 9:38 pm

Whites winger Jack Harrison was released down the left hand flank by a Gjanni Alioski clearance in the 19th minute of Sunday's Premier League clash at Elland Road.

Harrison took a few touches and made his way to the edge of the area before sending in a floated cross into the Red Devils box.

The delivery was slightly behind striker Patrick Bamford but would have still picked out Costa at the far post but for Shaw stopping the cross with the top of his arm.

CONTENTIOUS: Manchester United survive Leeds United's claims for a penalty despite a cross from Jack Harrison, far side, being cut out by Luke Shaw's arm, left. Photo by Tony Johnson.

The incident was checked by Mike Dean as the game's VAR but no further action was taken despite Whites captain Luke Ayling leading the debate.

"On a different day, as we all know, it could have been given," said Hasselbaink on Sky Sports.

"I think it would have been harsh as well but it does hit his arm.

"More importantly, Harrison has to find Costa at the second post. That was an easier ball."

Reflecting on his former side's display as a whole, Hasselbaink reasoned: "It was not a high tempo game but I must say that when you go to Elland Road now - for the top five, the top six, it's not an easy place to go.

"You don't get a result easily there and it was not that easy for Man United."

The goalless draw came four months after Leeds were blitzed 6-2 in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford.

"They definitely were more pragmatic today," said Hasselbaink

"They were more concerned with the opposition when they are normally not.

"I think you have to have that. Normally they are open, they are guns blazing, 'we are going to score more than you' and today it was the other way round.

"But they didn't have the quality going forward and missed it today.

"You fan still be solid and still be containing your opposition and not giving it away.

"But with the ball they didn't show the quality that they normally have."

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