Footage has emerged of Marcelo Bielsa’s Athletic Bilbao side comprehensively beating Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford in 2012, which has drawn an excited response from many Whites fans.
Bilbao travelled to Manchester for the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie against the Red Devils in March 2012 and produced a dazzling display.
Playing the swashbuckling style that Leeds fans will now be familiar with, Bielsa’s men beat the hosts 3-2 – a scoreline that could’ve been much more dramatic had David De Gea not come to his side’s aide on a number of occasions.
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Bilbao beat Ferguson’s side 2-1 a week later to secure their place in the Quarter Final of the competition and knock out the Premier League side.
The performance of Bielsa’s side in the first leg remains a famous one and Juani Jimeni took to Twitter yesterday to post footage of the game.
— Juani Jimena (@JimenaJuani) April 11, 2020
With EFL fixtures delayed until further notice due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it appears that the highlights of Bielsa masterminding a victory against Manchester United has gone down well with many Leeds fans.
Read their reaction here:
Fergie getting schooled by Bielsaball is just beautiful.
— JT1919💙💛 (@JohnmjtJt1919) April 11, 2020
#BielsaBall is a thing of beauty 👅😍👍🏻
— Alan Thompson 🇮🇪 (@thombo1987) April 11, 2020
That day will come again next season 👍😂⚽️💛💙
— Peter Bellerby (@radio_bellers) April 11, 2020
SAF stood in Marcelo Bielsa technical area for the first couple of minutes of the second half. Bielsa just took his coat off and ignored him then went back to pacing up and down. 😂 pic.twitter.com/pMrsfkfkbr
— BielsaCarajo 🇦🇷 (@carajo_bielsa) April 11, 2020
No big deal but if anyone did this to SAF, you’d never hear the end of it. This game rattled him like the 2011 CL final v Pep.
— 🎗 (@EverSoSerious1) April 11, 2020
It could and should have been a cricket score. PMSL
— Nige Co (@CashCow156) April 11, 2020
SAF regards this as one of the most complete performances ever against one of his teams. When he acknowledges that he was well beaten, then it has to be an incredible performance. I just love watching every moment that Bielsa’s teams have played. The ultimate entertainment.
— Wilfred Martin (@wilfmartin72) April 11, 2020
Lovely to see. #MOT
— Ayub Khan (@ayubkhan65) April 11, 2020