It was a humbling start to the season for Leeds yesterday. Despite months of hype prior to the new campaign with many tipping the West Yorkshire club for European football, the Whites lost to rivals Manchester United 5-1 in a gut-wrenching defeat. Well, that was my take but what was yours? How did social media see Leeds’ defeat yesterday?
Unsurprisingly, many saw the result as a sign that ‘second season syndrome’ is about to set in.
Leeds United. Second season syndrome starts now. #MUNLEE
— Gary McWilliams 🏴 (@GaryMcw2602) August 14, 2021
Second season syndrome ‘bout to hit Leeds hard.
— CBO (@CopyrightCBO) August 14, 2021
second season syndrome will hit leeds hard. will be this seasons sheff utd
— santan keith (@442keithh) August 14, 2021
Leeds might have that second season syndrome
— 😙 (@y2_26) August 14, 2021
Of course, second season syndrome is often a precursor to relegation and many began tipping the club to be playing Championship football next term.
ONLY JOKING HAHAHAH second season syndrome , relegation HERE WE GOOO
Bruno and pogbas pets😹😹😹👋👋👋
— JayUTV🦁 (@JayUTV) August 14, 2021
relegation for scummy Leeds bookmark that 😉👏
— AsianOwl 🌎 (@merah_sungai) August 15, 2021
Another good point. Leeds were shit hope that carries on and relegation back were
— BDRobs (@DMR2700) August 15, 2021
However, many – including some Manchester United fans – believed it was just a blip for Marcelo Bielsa’s boys and that relegation is still a long way off.
It's leeds.. I'll celebrate that win everytime
Celebrating a win is what a normal person does.. no one wins and act like it doesn't matter
I don't think Leeds are relegation fodder either, not this season anyway https://t.co/AfD1C0AeRt
— Patrick Tarigan🔰 (@Craze_26) August 15, 2021
I don't think they will, this happened last season, we'll just have to see, they usually find their feet defensively after a while
— Amar (@lfc_amar) August 14, 2021
There was one positive to take out of the game however and that was Luke Ayling’s wonder goal.
I’m only looking at the positives from yesterday.
Ayling scores worldys in front of fans. #lufc
— Bickers (@BickersLUFC) August 15, 2021
Absolutely. Ayling must be fuming that one of the best goals of his career will count for nothing.
— Steven (@mirkobolesan) August 15, 2021
However, even he couldn’t escape criticism on a difficult afternoon for Leeds.
The best way to describe it is, usually Bruno is quite average at finishing, yesterday he was better at finishing and had help by some questionable defending (Ayling on the line) and keeping (Meslier for the first). One game doesn’t change the facts about Brunos finishing ability
— Ben (@FPLBen_) August 15, 2021
The same Luke Ayling that Leeds fans said should have gone to the Euro's. Got ripped apart by Man Utds reserves.
— Ben Col (@Conk4891) August 15, 2021