Pep Clotet names the team he wants Leeds to face in last 16 of EFL Cup

By Alex Stevens

Pep Clotet has revealed he wants Leeds to be drawn against Manchester United in the last 16 of the EFL Cup.

Garry Monk’s side beat Blackburn 1-0 in the competition on Tuesday to clinch their passage into the fourth round as well as a notable third consecutive win.

Chris Wood came off the bench to score for Leeds against Owen Coyle’s Championship strugglers for the second consecutive week to secure victory for his team.

Assistant manager Clotet was asked in the immediate aftermath of the match who he wants Leeds to face in the last 16 and replied, “I’d like to see Leeds v Manchester United”.

The Premier League giants were bitter rivals of Leeds when they were in the English top tier and a match-up with United would be a mouthwatering one for supporters of the Yorkshire club.

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Manager Monk made seven changes to the side that won 2-0 at Cardiff  on Saturday but it was substitute Wood who clinched the victory as he fired home an 85th-minute winner from close range.

It was the sixth goal of the season for the much-criticised striker, who replaced Marcus Antonsson as the spearhead of the attack after 71 minutes.

The clash was witnessed by Elland Road’s lowest crowd since 2009 – 8,488 – but Leeds can now look forward to Wednesday night’s fourth round draw and will also approach Saturday’s home Championship clash with Ipswich Town after three straight wins.

In other Leeds news, Monk’s latest squad selection could spell the end of the careers of three players.