Leeds United assistant Pep Clotet admitted he wanted a home tie against Manchester United in round four of the League Cup after the club came through a tight tussle with Blackburn Rovers.
Chris Wood stepped off the bench to score the only goal of a close third-round tie at Elland Road last night and put Leeds in the draw for the last 16.
Wood’s sixth goal of the season, scored five minutes from the end, inflicted defeat on Blackburn for the second time in eight days after Rovers were beaten 2-1 at Elland Road in a Championship match last Tuesday.
United are into the fourth round for the first time in four years and Clotet admitted that he would favour a clash with Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United when the balls are drawn this evening.
“Maybe I would like to see here in Elland Road, a game of Leeds and Manchester United,” Clotet said. “But I think anyone we draw now is going to be difficult, like it was tonight. Whoever we draw, we have to do our best.”
Leeds’ 1-0 victory last night was their third in a row, following on from Saturday’s 2-0 win away at Cardiff City.
The clash with Blackburn drew in United’s smallest home attendance for six years, registered at 8,488, but Wood sent the crowd home happy with a late tap-in.
“We’re delighted,” Clotet said. “We had a hard start to the season but we’ve worked very hard and the hard work has paid off with three wins in a row.
“Blackburn were organised and dangerous on the counter-attack.
“It was a difficult game for us and we couldn’t unlock their defence too much.
“We’re delighted with Chris’ performance. It was difficult for him because the game was spiced up in the end but he managed to be in the right spot.”
Midfielder Eunan O’Kane was injured towards the end of last night’s tie but Clotet said: “We’re assessing it. From the information I have I think it’s going to be alright. It was just a knock.”