'Outstanding' - Warnock blown away by 'ridiculous' display from Leeds player vs Man United
Sky Sports pundit Stephen Warnock has heaped praise on Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips for his “outstanding” display against Manchester United on Sunday.
The England international was tasked with keeping Bruno Fernandes quiet during the 0-0 draw at Elland Road, and did so to great effect, preventing the 26-year-old from having a shot on target while also limiting him to an xG of just 0.15 – less than half his usual average this season.
Reflecting on Phillips’ display during an appearance on Sky Sports’ Football Show, former Whites defender Warnock said: “I wonder if Bruno Fernandes has woke up this morning and Kalvin Phillips is in his bed, because he literally followed him everywhere.
"It was ridiculous.
"Stop him playing and you stop Manchester United’s main supplier.
"Early on in the game, he [Phillips] goes tight, he was in and around him straight away. He’s strong in the tackle and he's aggressive. He’s such a powerful player.
"The one time Bruno Fernandes loses him, most players in that position would switch off and think ‘my centre-half is going to help me out’ – but it’s a great recovery run from Kalvin Phillips.
"He just didn’t give him a moment’s peace. The pair were joined at the hip throughout the whole game. It was an outstanding display from Kalvin Phillips.
"Again, it just shows why he’s so highly thought of by Marcelo Bielsa, by Gareth Southgate. He’s another one who’s pushing for a starting berth at the Euros for England as well.”