Rio Ferdinand hails Leeds as ‘magnificent for a man’ after 10 men secured victory over Manchester City

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Rio Ferdinand hails Leeds as ‘great for a man’ and applauds Marcelo Bielsa’s side for remaining ‘calm and collected’ after 10 men took a dramatic victory over Manchester City

Rio Ferdinand praised Leeds for their ‘great’ performance after taking a famous 2-1 win at Manchester City.

Marcelo Bielsa’s squad was reduced to 10 against the runaway Premier League leaders just before the break after a bad tackle from captain Liam Cooper.

Despite Ferran Torres equalizing with 15 minutes to go, Leeds chose a twisted City team on the counterattack, with midfielder Stuart Dallas scoring his second in the 91st minute to seal the win.

Ten-man Leeds hit late to secure a famous victory at Manchester City on Saturday

Ten-man Leeds hit late to secure a famous victory at Manchester City on Saturday

Ex-Leeds man Rio Ferdinand praised Marcelo Bielsa's side for their 'magnificent' performance

Ex-Leeds man Rio Ferdinand praised Marcelo Bielsa's side for their 'magnificent' performance

Ex-Leeds man Rio Ferdinand praised Marcelo Bielsa’s side for their ‘magnificent’ performance

And the former Leeds central half, Ferdinand, praised the spirit of the squad for wiping out the win in adverse conditions.

He said after the game on BT Sport: ‘We asked, can Leeds adapt? They were forced to go back to 10 men and were great for a man. They spent 45 minutes up to 10 men against a team like this.

“The energy, when they won the ball, they still posed a threat. Leeds fully deserved the result, fantastic performance. These guys were dedicated. You get a broadcast, sometimes teams capitulate, but they were calm and collected.

Northern Ireland midfielder Stuart Dallas (right) scored in the 91st minute to complete a 2--1 win

Northern Ireland midfielder Stuart Dallas (right) scored in the 91st minute to complete a 2--1 win

Northern Ireland midfielder Stuart Dallas (right) scored in the 91st minute to complete a 2–1 win

They looked like they were absolutely under control and where they should be. There was a sharp edge when they got the ball. City sometimes had half chances that you thought could do better, but you have to give Leeds credit.

‘They’re not conservative, they just throw it at them. There is never a step back with this Leeds team, it always comes first. You have to give credit to this team. Especially Stuart Dallas and Kalvin Phillips. Phenomenal.’

Manchester City will travel to Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday for their second leg in the Champions League quarter-final, before taking on Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday, while Leeds will host Liverpool and Manchester United in their next two games.

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