By Alex McLeish

18th Aug, 2021 | 9:00pm

Ex-manager alarmed by what he saw from Leeds stars in person v Man United

Alex McLeish has admitted he was alarmed by how “detached” the Leeds United players were in Saturday’s 5-1 defeat to Manchester United.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland manager claimed team cohesion and individual errors cost the Whites at Old Trafford.

Bruno Fernandes scored a hat trick as the Red Devils ran rampant in the second half.

The Whites were also thrashed 6-2 by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men last season.

McLeish, who was in attendance at Old Trafford for Saturday’s game, admitted he saw similarities between the two games.

He insisted the gaps between the defence, midfield and attack would be cause for concern for Marcelo Bielsa.

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McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “It was very similar to, I felt, to last year’s game.

“When they lost the ball, they seemed quite apart in all the thirds. The front guys were detached from the midfield guys, who were detached from the defenders.

“Even then, in some of the moments, the crucial moments, you just felt that individuals could have done a better job in terms of closing the man down or reading that he was going to go and turn in behind.

“Man United’s forwards did brilliantly. They had a brilliant front line of speed, purpose and ideas.

“Teams squeeze up nowadays and that’s maybe why Leeds looked a little bit lost in defence. They didn’t know whether to go tight with Man United or drop off.”

The defeat means Leeds currently sit bottom of the Premier League table.

They are set to welcome Everton to Elland Road for their first home game of the campaign.

In other news, Football Insider can reveal Leeds United are set to sell four players before the end of the month.