Leeds United 2-1 Sheffield United - as it happened: Marcelo Bielsa reaction and player ratings from Elland Road
Leeds United host Sheffield United in the Premier League at Elland Road on Saturday afternoon - our matchday blog will bring you all the latest.
Marcelo Bielsa's men return to top flight action following a brief hiatus amid the March international break.
The Whites welcome the Blades to LS11 for a Yorkshire derby which pits Paul Heckingbottom against his former side after the parting of ways with Chris Wilder last month.
United defeated Fulham last time out at Craven Cottage and are looking to build on a strong first season back in the Premier League with three points this afternoon.
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Leeds United vs Sheffield United - LIVE BLOG
Last updated: Saturday, 03 April, 2021, 14:44
- Leeds host Sheffield United in the Premier League
- Whites sit 11th, Blades are bottom
- Kick-off is set for 3pm at Elland Road
Welcome to today’s live matchday blog... it’s been a while!
Leeds United host Sheffield United in a Premier League Yorkshire derby with kick-off set for 3pm at Elland Road.
We’ll bring you all the pre-match build-up, in-game updates and post-match reaction right here.
Early Leeds United team news
Club captain Liam Cooper has overcome illness to be available for selection while Spanish duo Rodrigo and Pablo Hernandez are fit again.
Mateusz Klich was spotted in training on Friday after completing Covid-19 protocols and should be involved.
United’s international players were yet to be fully assessed upon their return to West Yorkshire during Bielsa’s pre-match media duties but no issues were anticipated by the Argentine head coach.
The clean bill of health means that - providing there are no late hiccups - only long-term absentee Adam Forshaw (hip) remains in the Elland Road treatment room.
Early Sheffield United team news
John Egan could be fit again after overcoming a dislocated toe which has kept him out for over six weeks.
Chris Basham has failed to recover while Enda Stevens is expected to be involved after cutting short his international exploits.
The Blades has a hosts of injury problems with Billy Sharp, Jack Robinson, Jack O’Connell and Sander Berge out.
Jack Rodwell has failed to feature for the majority of the season.
Leeds United predicted line-up
YEP XI: Meslier; Llorente, Cooper, Struijk; Ayling, Phillips, Dallas; Roberts; Raphinha, Bamford, Harrison.
What Marcelo Bielsa has said
“The people who remain at the club and worked under him, they have a very good concept of the work he did here,” Bielsa said of Paul Heckingbottom ahead of kick-off.
“I have only heard praise given for the time he was here.
“After the time it takes for players to mature and to be able to get the best of their abilities, they happen in different moments.
“What I value a lot is that a great portion of the players which are the base of the team, were here when he was around.
On whether Heckingbottom has had an impact so far: “They were two different games. Two games is not enough to observe major changes.
“It’s very difficult that a coach can generate big changes in such a short space of time. Clearly, the game against Chelsea was a game of a very good level.”
What Paul Heckingbottom has said
“People are going to talk about it, it’s always nice to be up against a former team,” Heckingbottom said.
“Sometimes it brings an edge and sometimes you want to see people but from our point of view, it’s not worth more points so our approach will be the same.
“We know they’re good opponents but we’re looking to build on the Chelsea performance and make that the minimum, if you like, for the rest of the season.
“It was a difficult time leaving Barnsley but it had to be done on principle and I don’t regret it. It gave me another experience to work with a really good group of players and another ownership, and it gives you an opportunity to learn and get better.
“I don’t regret it at all, I’ve enjoyed every role I’ve had in football.
“It is always nice to be up against a former team, for lots of reasons. I still speak to the ownership there. No ill feeling. Right club, wrong time for myself. That is how you have to look at it.”
Tributes to be paid this afternoon - 21 years on
Elland Road is all set
Klich in in the building
Team news incoming
We’re eagerly anticipating the team sheet at Elland Road this afternoon - we’ll have team news as soon as it appears at 2pm.
Leeds United arrive at Elland Road
LEEDS UNITED TEAM NEWS
Here’s the team news in full - a big call from Bielsa today
Some lovely words ahead of kick-off
Warm-ups well underway at Elland Road. Not long to go now. We’ll have live in-game updates right here throughout if you need them this afternoon.