Rio Ferdinand has praised the culture at Leeds United following Manchester United’s defeat last night.
The 43-year-old, who played for Los Blancos between 2000 and 2002, spoke on YouTube channel Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE.
Leeds have a superb academy setup, with an excellent run and a strong, disciplined culture in which top executives check in regularly.
White fans also play their part, with Leeds academy games at Elland Road regularly attracting huge crowds.
Over 16,000 tickets have been sold so far for Friday night’s Premier League 2 clash with Manchester City, according to Leeds Live.
There’s a good chance the game will break the PL2 attendance record set by Everton fans – 17,525 in 2017.
“Who runs the culture? »
Ferdinand claimed that Leeds have this culture, as well as West Ham and Chelsea.
The former white man also said Manchester United had that when he was there, but it’s not there anymore.
He spoke following the Red Devils’ 4-0 hammering at the hands of Liverpool at Anfield.
“I keep talking about culture,” Ferdinand said. “Who leads the culture in the gaffe?
“Who goes in there and, kids, youth teams…
“I remember at West Ham as a kid, and that’s how it’s going to be at Chelsea.
“I went to an Under-15 game at Chelsea and Tuchel was sitting in the stands watching the game.
“At West Ham, and it was the same at Leeds, it was the same at Man United when I was there, and that’s a culture.
“Frank Lampard Sr would be there, someone from the first team, a coach or a manager or an assistant, would be there.
“Harry Redknapp, Billy Bonds, would have been there.”
Leeds have had a tough time over the past two decades, but now they are back in the top flight and on the right track.
Marcelo Bielsa laid some incredible foundations at Elland Road, and Marsch is building on them.
Although Leeds still have work to do to secure their Premier League status, there is certainly room to build next year.
Meanwhile, Manchester United are a club in disarray at the moment.
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