Patrick Bamford lifts lid on Leeds United's dressing room message after Manchester United defeat

The Whites host Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday looking for a response.

Saturday, 26th December 2020, 11:45 am

Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford says the message in the dressing room following defeat to Manchester United was one of unity.

The Whites were heavily beaten by their arch rivals at Old Trafford last weekend in the Premier League.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer men ran out 6-2 winners in Lancashire, as the hosts raced into a two-goal lead after just three minutes.

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Leeds United players react during defeat at Manchester United. Pic: Getty

Marcelo Bielsa's team swiftly turned their attention to Sunday's top flight meeting with Burnley at Elland Road, looking for a response against the Clarets to a disappointing showing last time out.

Bamford - who has nine goals in 14 games this term - has revealed that the dressing room said sticking together would be key over the festive period with games coming quickly.

"After this recent game against [Manchester] United, I think that one of the big things, as soon as we went in that changing room after, was that on the pitch it was so annoying because we'd just been battered by the scoreline," Bamford told the official Leeds United podcast.

"When they scored the goal, they were running back and you could hear them laughing. Obviously without the crowd there you can hear the noises, so you can hear them laughing amongst themselves.

"Obviously all the boys were boiling inside, fuming. But it's one of those where there's no point getting sent off or doing something stupid as it's just going to ruin the next game.

"So as we got back in the changing room, the boys just stuck together and said 'lads, just forget that one, put it to one side.'

"We don't blame anyone. People make individual mistakes but were not blaming anyone, we'll stick together as a team. We'll just forget about that one and to be fair, the manager said the same thing.

"He said we played well, we deserved certain things more.

"The result was fair, but now we just forget about that game and we look to the next one. I think that's probably the best thing to do because obviously human mistakes are natural and if you always picked out everyone then everyone would just fall out, so it doesn't hurt the team."