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Marcelo Bielsa is giving Manchester City cast-off a new lease of life at Leeds

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No discussion of this Leeds United phenomenon can be complete before we see what happens when spring arrives. 

Will their intensity remain viable when they face Manchester City and Liverpool again, with Manchester United thrown in for good measure, in the space of 15 days next April?

But for now, the uplifting part is Marcelo Bielsa’s proof that a club can prosper through the old core value of good coaching — his coaching — rather than contribute to the hyper-inflation of a transfer market which is about to see Edinson Cavani, 33, arrive at Manchester United on £220,000 a week.

Ian Poveda's superb cameo for Leeds against Man City shows old fashioned coaching can work

Ian Poveda’s superb cameo for Leeds against Man City shows old fashioned coaching can work

Marcelo Bielsa used the winger to good effect in the 1-1 draw at home to City on Saturday

Marcelo Bielsa used the winger to good effect in the 1-1 draw at home to City on Saturday

Ian Poveda, outstanding on the right wing after Bielsa introduced him at half-time on Saturday, was so far from a place in Manchester City’s first team that Pep Guardiola did not even meet him for a talk before letting him leave for Elland Road in January.

But Bielsa most certainly did want to look Poveda in the eye. At Leeds, they remember the way the Argentine micro-managed the player when he gave him an hour of football at home to Derby in July. 

‘Again, Poveda! Move Poveda! Now, Poveda!’ he screamed from the side-lines.

Bielsa said he has been surprised by the trajectory of development which saw Poveda look comfortable and intelligent as he made Benjamin Mendy look very ordinary. 

Poveda used to play under Pep Guardiola (right) at Man City before Leeds signed him

Poveda used to play under Pep Guardiola (right) at Man City before Leeds signed him

‘When I first saw him, I did not think he was going to have the impact and evolution he is having,’ Bielsa said. ‘He has physical resources I haven’t seen before. He is a player who in sprints and distance covered has immense values.’

Poveda waited five months for his debut and six months for his first start but he does not lack confidence.

‘I haven’t seen a player who’s taken to a group as well as he has taken,’ Stuart Dallas observed when the player had just arrived in January.

Giving a chance to a player like Poveda, who played in the City academy with Phil Foden, is more complicated for Guardiola. 

Poveda (left) is still developing in English football and is expected to play a big role at Leeds

Poveda (left) is still developing in English football and is expected to play a big role at Leeds

For years, City’s mantra has been the establishment of two world class players in every position. There is less scope to take risks.

But that has meant relinquishing Jadon Sancho to Borussia Dortmund, only to find Manchester United willing to pay north of £90million for him. Vast resources bring no guarantees.

Is £63m Rodri really a better sentry in front of defence than Kalvin Phillips, a player so integral to Leeds that Guardiola instructed his side to suffocate him at Elland Road? 

As right wing-backs go, Kyle Walker could not touch the outstanding Luke Ayling and Leeds got what they deserved when Rodrigo headed a second-half equaliser after Raheem Sterling’s brilliant solo goal.

Guardiola believes Poveda (above) will get better and better under Bielsa's style of play

Guardiola believes Poveda (above) will get better and better under Bielsa’s style of play

Poveda, who is in the England age group setup but could play for Colombia, joins Jack Harrison in the ranks of City youth products finding new life under Bielsa. 

He reached City by way of their sister club New York City FC, only to find himself out on loan for three years.

Asked about Poveda, whose sole City appearance came in a Carabao Cup semi-final win at Burton when 9-0 up from the first leg, Guardiola was phlegmatic. 

‘I’m pretty sure he came here at one kind of level and when I see the second half his development through Marcelo is getting better,’ he said.

But if he and Harrison continue on their early Premier League trajectory, City may begin to question why they are spending small fortunes while letting young prospects go.

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Holland legend Marco Van Basten claims van de Beek will regret £40m move to Manchester United

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Holland legend Marco Van Basten claims Donny van de Beek will come to regret his summer move to Manchester United.

The 23-year-old midfielder has only played 61 minutes in the Premier League for the Old Trafford side after arriving from Ajax for £40million in the summer.

The Holland international was once again left on the bench by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – who has promised van de Beek he will get minutes this season – in United’s dour 0-0 draw at home to Chelsea

Marco Van Basten claims Donny van de Beek will regret his move to Manchester United

Marco Van Basten claims Donny van de Beek will regret his move to Manchester United

Marco Van Basten claims Donny van de Beek will regret his move to Manchester United

Van Basten was speaking on Rondo, a programme aired on Dutch channel Ziggo Sport

Van Basten was speaking on Rondo, a programme aired on Dutch channel Ziggo Sport

Van Basten was speaking on Rondo, a programme aired on Dutch channel Ziggo Sport

But speaking on Rondo, a programme aired on Dutch television channel Ziggo Sport, Van Basten believes his compatriot should have waited to assess his options instead of jumping at the chance to join United.

‘Donny should not have gone to Manchester United,’ Van Basten said. ‘When you are a good player you want to play every week.

‘It is really bad for a player like Donny to play only six or seven games this year. That is shocking for your match rhythm.

‘I know he is earning loads and loads more than he used to. But as a top player you have to be critical and look at the chances of playing when you sign for a new club.

The 23-year-old midfielder has only played 61 minutes in the Premier League for his new club

The 23-year-old midfielder has only played 61 minutes in the Premier League for his new club

The 23-year-old midfielder has only played 61 minutes in the Premier League for his new club

‘Donny should have waited for better prospects and signed for another club.’ 

Van Basten’s comments come after former United left-back Patrice Evra questioned why the club had brought van de Beek to the club.

Speaking after the goalless draw against Chelsea, Evra said: ‘We’re talking about Van de Beek, nothing against the kid, but why have we bought him?

‘He’s watching the game from the stand every game. We don’t need him, that’s the truth.’

Fellow Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville said Van de Beek himself will be questioning why he was signed if he is not part of the manager’s immediate plans.

Van de Beek however has been promised he will get game time by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (left)

Van de Beek however has been promised he will get game time by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (left)

Van de Beek however has been promised he will get game time by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (left)

‘What is a little bit of a mystery is the use of Van de Beek since he’s been signed for £40 million,’ Neville added.

‘He doesn’t seem to be at the forefront of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans in every game. It’s a bit of a mystery that one. And the more he doesn’t start, and the more he doesn’t come on, the more you’re thinking, “Well £40m player, ordinarily you’d get him in the team”.

‘He must be thinking: “What am I doing here?’ at this moment in time.’ 

Van de Beek has made just two starts for United this season, which came in Carabao Cup victories against Luton and Brighton.

Van Basten's comments come after Patrice Evra questioned why United bought van de Beek

Van Basten's comments come after Patrice Evra questioned why United bought van de Beek

Van Basten’s comments come after Patrice Evra questioned why United bought van de Beek

He has made just two starts for United this season, which came in Carabao Cup victories

He has made just two starts for United this season, which came in Carabao Cup victories

He has made just two starts for United this season, which came in Carabao Cup victories

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IAN LADYMAN: It’s sad that Arsene Wenger couldn’t see what the rest of us could

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Sir Alex Ferguson retired at the right time. He was 71, had just taken the Premier League title back from Manchester City and had already eclipsed Liverpool‘s total of championships. There was nothing left to win or prove.

Arsene Wenger must be envious of that. In his revealing interview with Martin Samuel on Saturday, Wenger sounded like a man unfulfilled.

He twice could have joined Real Madrid — the club he idolised as a boy — but he didn’t. He could have managed England. He didn’t. Instead he stayed at Arsenal for year after year, citing loyalty and his responsibility to guide them through the financially challenging process of moving to a new stadium.

Arsene Wenger should have left Arsenal earlier - it's a shame he couldn't see what others could

Arsene Wenger should have left Arsenal earlier - it's a shame he couldn't see what others could

Arsene Wenger should have left Arsenal earlier – it’s a shame he couldn’t see what others could

Wenger wasn’t given much money to spend on players, he tells us. Instead he put his individual stamp on the training ground. 

He chose the plates for the eating areas, apparently. Such commitment, care and attention to detail is admirable and believable. Knowing Wenger as we do, he would have put his heart and his soul into all of it.

It’s just a shame he could never see what the rest of us could. That he was staying too long. 

The fallow years of his second decade at Arsenal — they haven’t actually won the Premier League since 2004 — should have presented him with reason enough to leave long before the club encouraged him to do so in 2018. Wenger admits he was always a bad loser. But for years he allowed himself to be one.

Wenger believed that he could guide Arsenal to further glory but became a habitual loser

Wenger believed that he could guide Arsenal to further glory but became a habitual loser

Wenger believed that he could guide Arsenal to further glory but became a habitual loser

In the pursuit of the trophies that matter to him, Wenger became the thing he hated, an habitual loser. In that regard he lost to Manchester United and Chelsea and then to City and even to Leicester.

And for what? So that Arsenal could remain solvent post-Highbury? No, there was more to it than that. Wenger always thought he could do it, thought he could win big again just as he did when he arrived full of intelligence, fire and innovation in the 1990s.

This is one of the problems with alpha males. They always think they will win, eventually, no matter the circumstances. But Wenger only grew further away from that the longer he stayed.

He speaks as though he never spent on players. He did. He just didn’t spend all of it that well in the later years.

Wenger still pines for the Arsenal job in a way that Sir Alex Ferguson never has at Man United

Wenger still pines for the Arsenal job in a way that Sir Alex Ferguson never has at Man United

Wenger still pines for the Arsenal job in a way that Sir Alex Ferguson never has at Man United

For reasons so far unexplained, he allowed himself to veer away from the prototype Premier League team he first assembled. He allowed the qualities of cold competitiveness and steel brought by Patrick Vieira, Emmanuel Petit and Thierry Henry to be sacrificed. 

He became a manager who bought bad defenders, a coach who assembled teams that could be rolled over by less gifted opponents who were merely prepared to run further and tackle harder. He bought Mesut Ozil, watched him fail and then gave him a new contract.

And it’s all such a shame. It was then and it is now. It means we never saw the best of him for long enough. Wenger clearly still pines for that Arsenal job in a way that Ferguson never has at United.

On Saturday, he said that memories are short in football, that all that matters is the last result. Unfortunately for him that’s not true. People remember that last 10 years too. Wenger should have put himself first and left Arsenal when he had the chance.

Antonio shows West Ham wasted money on other strikers

At a decent estimate, West Ham have spent about £100million purely on centre forwards in the last three and a half years only to find they already had one called Michail Antonio. 

No wonder co-owner David Sullivan says he is ‘depressed’. 

Michail Antonio (right) has impressed and showed West Ham wasted money on other strikers

Michail Antonio (right) has impressed and showed West Ham wasted money on other strikers

Michail Antonio (right) has impressed and showed West Ham wasted money on other strikers

Lowe right to call out Aguero’s grab 

Rebecca Lowe is the accomplished anchor of NBC’s Premier League coverage in the States. 

Last week she provided possibly the best take on Sergio Aguero’s decision to place his hand on the neck and shoulder of assistant referee Sian Massey-Ellis in the game against Arsenal.

‘There is a reason why thousands of women found that uncomfortable viewing and that’s because this has happened to them in every single situation and place,’ Lowe told viewers.

Rebecca Lowe explained why Sergio Aguero's actions were uncomfortable viewing for women

Rebecca Lowe explained why Sergio Aguero's actions were uncomfortable viewing for women

Rebecca Lowe explained why Sergio Aguero’s actions were uncomfortable viewing for women

‘Whether it be at work, in a bar, on the street. So the uncomfortable nature of what we saw resonated with them.

‘I don’t know Aguero’s intentions but they are irrelevant. If it makes somebody feel uncomfortable, it has to be recognised.’

Lowe’s comments cut through the rubbish spoken since the incident and the answer to one question is very clear. Should a female involved in a male sport expect to be treated differently from a man? When it comes to the issue of unsolicited physical contact, of course she should.

Honesty is the best policy, Ole 

One of the best lines I have heard in this business came 20 years ago in the Midlands.

Ray Graydon was the manager of Walsall and on being introduced to the lady from the Sun, said: ‘Ah, your paper prints all those lies, doesn’t it?’.

‘Yes, that’s right,’ she shot back. ‘Managers like you tell us fibs and we put them in the paper.’ She was right, too.

All managers mislead the press about injuries and transfer targets and it’s understandable.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer denied Mason Greenwood has a timing problem but he should be honest

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer denied Mason Greenwood has a timing problem but he should be honest

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer denied Mason Greenwood has a timing problem but he should be honest

Sometimes, though, they can help themselves by holding their hands up and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in that category.

It appears Mason Greenwood has a problem with lateness. Solskjaer has twice said the story is not true but it very much is.

He would have been better to address the issue publicly and stress it had been dealt with.

Then it goes away. Instead, it lingers.

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Mikel Arteta FUMES at decision to chalk off Alexandre Lacazette’s goal in defeat by Leicester

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Mikel Arteta has expressed his frustration at the decision to disallow Alexandre Lacazette‘s goal after Arsenal lost 1-0 to Leicester.

Arteta thought his side had taken an early lead at the Emirates Stadium when Lacazette headed home a Dani Ceballos corner, but the goal was ruled out as Granit Xhaka was occupying an offside position.   

Despite jumping over the ball, the referee and his officials felt that Xhaka blocked the view of Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel.

Mikel Arteta says he doesn't understand how Alexandre Lacazette's goal was disallowed

Mikel Arteta says he doesn't understand how Alexandre Lacazette's goal was disallowed

Mikel Arteta says he doesn’t understand how Alexandre Lacazette’s goal was disallowed 

The decision left Arsenal’s bench perplexed during the game and manager Mikel Arteta was unhappy with the call of referee Craig Pawson and the VAR team.   

Arteta said: ‘I’m really disappointed. We had it in our hands in the first half and I don’t know how the hell the goal was disallowed.

‘To be fair I was really pleased with the first half and the way we pressed and the aggression we showed against a team that are very capable of breaking that pressure and creating chances against you.

‘We were very on top of the game, we restricted them to nothing. We scored a goal from the set-piece, I don’t know how it got disallowed.’

Leicester substitute Jamie Vardy came on to provide the Foxes with the winning goal in the final 10 minutes of the game to see Arsenal lose 1-0. 

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Lacazette headed in Dani Ceballos’ corner in the first five minutes but Granit Xhaka was offside

Leicester sub Jamie Vardy provided the foxes with the winning goal as Arsenal lost 1-0

Leicester sub Jamie Vardy provided the foxes with the winning goal as Arsenal lost 1-0

Leicester sub Jamie Vardy provided the foxes with the winning goal as Arsenal lost 1-0

To make the evening worse, Arsenal lost both David Luiz and Bukayo Saka to injury during the second half.

Arteta added: ‘We have lost a few players in the last week or so. 

‘David had a muscular problem and couldn’t carry on so we will have to assess him in the next 48 hours.’    

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