Marco Silvestri believes Leeds are playing better than current position suggests

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United are currently struggling in the bottom half of the Championship table.

Ahead of Leeds' crucial Yorkshire derby clash with Hull City, Marco Silvestri has insisted that United are playing better than their current position in the Championship suggests, the Yorkshire Post reports.

The Whites are 17th in the table, and sit just four points clear of the relegation zone. But Silvestri believes that the club have been unfortunate to find themselves where they are.

"We do need some more points. Our position is not what we expected. We all thought we would be higher in the table," he said.

"But it [United's 17th-place standing] does not show what sort of team we are. I feel we are stronger than our position says.

"We are a good team and our performances have been okay. We have had no luck at times, that has been our problem," he added.

While many of the club's performances this season have left a lot to be desired, the team have made some progress in areas which suggest that they do have what it takes to move up the table. 

Defensively - and largely thanks to the Italian - the squad have arguably become more resilient, and thus, boast one of the stronger back-lines in the Championship's bottom half. However, the defeat to Middlesbrough in September, in particular, highlighted that there is still vast improvement required as horrendous mistakes led to all three of Aitor Karanka's side's goals. 

Meanwhile, the emergence of the likes of Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook, among others, should give United fans the confidence that there is some truth in what the 24-year-old claims, that the squad do have the ability to turn their season around.

However, while the talent is undeniable, it means little if the results don't begin to go the right way.

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