'Same at Leeds': Rio Ferdinand makes Elland Road claim after Manchester United hammering
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'Same at Leeds': Rio Ferdinand makes Elland Road claim after Manchester United hammering

Rio Ferdinand has praised the culture at Leeds United in wake of Manchester United’s defeat last night.

The 43-year-old, who played for the Whites between 2000 and 2002, spoke on the Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE YouTube channel.

Leeds have a superb academy setup, with a great pathway and a strong, disciplined culture in which senior staff regularly check in.

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Whites fans also play their part, with Leeds academy games at Elland Road regularly getting huge attendances.

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 decent chance the game could break the record PL2 attendance set by Everton fans – 17,525 in 2017.

“Who’s driving the culture?”

Ferdinand claimed Leeds have that culture, as well as West Ham and Chelsea.

The former Whites man also said Manchester United had that when he was there, but it’s no longer there.

He spoke in wake of the Red Devils’ 4-0 hammering at the hands of Liverpool at Anfield.

“I keep talking about the culture,” said Ferdinand. “Who’s driving the culture in the gaff?

“Who’s going in there and, from the kids, from the youth teams…

“I remember at West Ham when I was a kid, and this is what it’ll be like at Chelsea.

“I went to an Under-15s 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 it’s a culture.

“Frank Lampard Sr would be there, someone from the first team, a coach or manager or assistant, would be there.

“Harry Redknapp, Billy Bonds, would’ve been there.”

Leeds have had some tough times over the past two decades, but now they’re back in the top flight and on the right path.

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Marcelo Bielsa laid some amazing foundations at Elland Road, and Marsch is building on them.

Though Leeds still have some work to do to secure their Premier League status, there’s certainly scope to build next year.

Meanwhile, Manchester United are a club in complete disarray right now.

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