These sides are two of the most underrated but exciting sides in the world. Aston Villa is new and revamped with their new signings. Leeds United always play attacking soccer as per philosophy of Marcelo Bielsa but that start kind of surprised a lot of people. Dan James surplus to requirements at Manchester United has found a new lease of life under the Argentine gaffer. That is because Bielsa has found the ideal position for the Welshman, the false number nine. He drops back when he needs to , to test the defenders for pace and when he is back on the nine position his finishing is extraordinary. Just watch the goal, sees the gap left by Martinez to finish low and hard. Such finishing is lacking from the Man United strikers at the moment, this is somehow a condemnation of how United has handled their transfers in the last 5 years. Took James just nine minutes to score and he was menacing in those first twenty minutes. Yes Leeds has weaknesses defensively but have spoken to a few Leeds fans they don’t mind at all as long as they get results and most importantly stay in the Premier League. Now, James Ramsey of Villa is one of the rising stars of the English game he sowed why in this game.

A bit of a gift from the Leeds defense allowed him to score his first goal and that of Coutinho. You do not allow him such space , the Brazilian, when he is in such form. That’s what Llorente and Struijk do, they are not good at closing spaces although they give you a lot on set pieces in the opposition box. Same M.O for the third Villa goal. Now, when you lose a two goal lead it feels like a loss. The mentality of the team and the coach come under SCRUTINY. Why Gerard didn’t make it a 5 men midfield after going 3-1 up is beyond me. No disrespect to Douglas Luiz but he is no Nakamba able to protect that back four, he needs help. so going from 4-3-3 to 4-5-1 would have closed out the game, I am sure of it. Yet another howler from Captain Mings gifting Llorente the equalizer. Seems like a favorite of many managers including Southgate but for how long does he get away with such defending?. Anyway good entertaining game for the neutrals. Villa are 11th on the table, Leeds are slowly but surely climbing out of trouble in 15th.