Noel Whelan has insisted Leeds United’s next two games could be season-defining after their humiliating 6-2 defeat to Manchester United.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Whites striker and boyhood Elland Road fan claimed Leeds’ games against Burnley and West Brom are must-win.
Leeds’ thrashing at the hands of Man Utd was their third loss in their last four Premier League games.
The Yorkshire giants will spend Christmas in 14th place before hosting Burnley next Sunday and facing fellow promoted side West Brom the following Tuesday.
Both sides are below Leeds in the table and Whelan has insisted the fixtures could determine whether they stay up this season.
He told Football Insider: “We know that we’ve got two huge games coming up that are going to determine our future in the Premier League.
“I don’t think the games against your Manchester Uniteds, your Liverpools – they’re not in our mini-league of games that we need to win.
“The games that we need to win are at home against Burnley and away at West Brom.
“They’re games that are going to determine our position and our status in the Premier League, absolutely.
“We’re not fighting against Manchester United, we said that from the off. It’s about maintaining our status in the Premier League and if that’s finishing 17th…
“It’s a learning curve. We’re going to look back at all our goals and we’re going to pick out the little mistakes where we could have been better.
“We’re going to look at corners where again we’re fragile, it’s our Achilles heel. People not getting across Martial, then Kalvin not picking up Lindelof behind him.
“We were cut up far too easily but that’s because of the way we were playing and we never changed that.
“It was like a free hit, obviously we didn’t want to get beat 6-2.”