Moyes reveals how Bielsa stopped Man United from winning the PL title
David Moyes believes Marcelo Bielsa was a major reason Manchester United lost the Premier League title to rivals Manchester City in 2012.
The Scot is preparing to face Bielsa when West Ham United travels to Leeds United in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
However, Moyes was still in charge of Everton in 2012, while ‘El Loco’ was in charge of Athletic Bilbao in LaLiga.
The Argentine oversaw United’s Europa League victory – a game in which Moyes was present.
Everton held Sir Alex Ferguson’s side to a 4-4 draw at Old Trafford a month later, tipping the title race in favour of eventual champions Manchester City.
Moyes recalled: “I’ve always admired Bielsa, wherever he’s been. I remember I went to watch his Athletic Bilbao team against Manchester United.
“The day we drew 4-4 – it just about stopped Manchester United winning the league the season before Sir Alex left – I’d seen how Athletic Bilbao played and thought I’m going to have to play like that with Everton, and we got a draw.
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“His teams always have incredible energy. Everybody’s man-to-man marking in many areas of the pitch. But they are more than that, they are also a very good passing team. And for that the manager deserves great credit.”
Moyes takes West Ham to Elland Road on Saturday to square off against Bielsa.
The Hammers won both games against Leeds last season and have made a good start to this season, with their only hiccup coming in a dramatic 2-1 loss to Manchester United last weekend.
Moyes added: “If you watch their games they have had a difficult start to the season, but everyone enjoys watching Leeds United.
“It is a really tough game, with the energy they put into their game it is going to be a test for anyone who plays them.
“I think we’re just going to try and do what West Ham have been doing recently, to be positive in our play and score goals, but also to be strong defensively.
“I think if you look at Leeds’ play, you’d consider them a really positive team, so we have to think like that as well.
“We’ll try and attack them and score when we can, but we’ll have another tough job trying to defend against them.”
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