Leeds United supporters were relishing the prospect of a pre-season clash with rivals Manchester United, but have been left concerned following the exposure of defensive fragility. 

When the Premier League side took a 3-0 lead shortly after the restart, supporters of the Championship promotion hopefuls were quick to slam the side’s defence on Twitter.

The general consensus was that the central partnership of Gaetano Berardi and Liam Cooper will not suffice in the Championship, and that a replacement for Pontus Jansson, now of Brentford, is required.

Although the exposure of defensive weakness in pre-season does not inspire confidence, supporters will be hoping that recent addition and tour absentee Ben White can strengthen the Whites’ backline when the league campaign gets underway.

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The star-studded nature of the Premier League opposition’s starting eleven will also ease worries, as Marcelo Bielsa’s side will not have to contend with the country’s elite in the second tier.


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