Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa is now set to stay in Australia with his side following the club’s 4-0 defeat to Manchester United earlier today.
According to LeedsLive journalist Beren Cross, the 63-year-old will reportedly travel with the rest of the group to Sydney before overseeing their friendly with Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday.
Bielsa was scheduled to return to England following the club’s clash with the Red Devils to join up with the players who be left behind from the tour but has since changed his mind.
In what was a harrowing night at the Optus Stadium, Leeds went behind in the seventh minute to a Mason Greenwood strike before goals from Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones and Anthony Martial secured an impressive victory for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
Despite Leeds creating numerous chances to score in Perth, they had no answers defensively to United as Liam Cooper and Gaetano Berardi once again showed the frailties which contributed to their play-off capitulation against Derby County in May.
After kicking off their pre-season campaign with victories over Guiseley and York City, the club’s humbling at the hands of their arch-rivals would have illustrated to Bielsa the areas that he needs to improve upon and thus it is not surprising that he has opted to remain in Australia.
Whereas the fact that the Whites’ new arrivals will now have to wait even longer for the Argentine to make his return to West Yorkshire is far from ideal, it may turn out to be the correct decision by the former Athletic Bilbao boss as it will give him the chance to iron out any issues before the new Championship campaign begins next month.
Although Leeds will not have to face an attack which boasts the qualities which United’s possess next season, the nature of their loss in Australia may force Bielsa to bring in a new central defender to replace Pontus Jansson who left Elland Road to join Brentford earlier this month.