MARCELO BIELSA refused to be drawn into the offside controversy at the London Stadium, instead crediting West Ham's threat in their 2-0 FA Cup win over Leeds United.

Manuel Lanzini scored a contentious opener in the third round tie, smashing in after Jarrod Bowen challenged goalkeeper Ilan Meslier from an offside position, without touching the ball. After a lengthy VAR review, the goal stood.

Bowen wrapped things up in injury time after Leeds pressed for a late equaliser.

Bielsa said: “They created more danger than we did. They had balls with which to attack in worse situations than we did and created more danger than us.

“In the second half, there were things we improved. We pressed better. We played in their half more. In the end, we should have created more chances than the ones we did."

It was Bielsa’s fourth successive exit at the third round stage but the game was not without positives for the Leeds coach.

With 10 players injured, his hand was forced to a degree, but keen to give a break to some of his regular performers, he handed starts to three young players in what was the Whites’ ninth successive away tie in the competition.

Central defender Leo Hjelde (18), midfielder Lewis Bate (19) and Sam Greenwood (19) in attack were thrown in at the deep end at the London Stadium as David Moyes named a strong experienced side.

And Norwegian Under-21 international Hjelde had an assured debut at the back. He could be in contention again on Sunday (2pm) with Diego Llorente ruled out.

Michail Antonio gave Llorente the runaround for much of the game - but the Spaniard will not have to face the West Ham sledgehammer forward when the teams meet again in the capital in the Premier League this weekend as the Leeds defender is suspended.