There’s a whole generation of fans out there who don’t know the true intensity of one of English football’s greatest rivalries.
With Leeds having been out of the Premier League for over 13 seasons, we’ve been deprived of their bi-annual battles against Man United.
The Pennines derby may be a sleeping giant in English football, but animosity between the two sets of fans remains fierce.
As evidenced by the reaction to Leeds boss Thomas Thomas Christiansen’s presence at Old Trafford last weekend.
The Danish manager has been forced to defend himself for attending the Manchester derby after some Leeds fans suspected he may be a secret United fan.
Club owner Andrea Radrizzani defended Christiansen on social media after one Twitter user accused the gaffer of ‘crossing a line’ and suggesting his actions were unforgivable.
The Leeds boss then explained that his son is a Man City fan and he had attended the game in support of former Barcelona team-mate, Pep Guardiola.
Christiansen spent five years at Barcelona from 1991 to 1996 but never played for the first team.
However, he played over 60 games for the B team at a time when Guardiola also played for the Catalan giants’ reserves.
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After an impressive start to the season, Leeds have somewhat dropped off the pace in the Championship.
However, three wins in their last five games has seen them rise to 7th in the table, just shy of the play-off places.
One of the main motivations for Christiansen to secure promotion back to the top flight for Leeds will be the prospect of reigniting the club’s rivalry with Man United.
The Premier League calendar would be better off with this fixture — fingers crossed.