MANCHESTER UNITED’s rivalry with Leeds is one of the fiercest in the world – dating back before the clubs were even founded.
It’s not just football, it’s the War of the Roses, a hatred shown on both sides of the Pennines in Lancashire and Yorkshire.
Just 40 miles apart from the once-British giants, both of whom fought for the Champions League title 20 years ago.
Bitterness on the pitch was expressed by disgust from both groups of loyal fans.
In the early 2000s, it was a battle of high-ball tackles, red cards, drama, a whirlwind until the last minute.
Later Leeds decline, decline in tournaments before returning to victory under the guidance of Marcelo Bielsa.
These days, both teams are struggling, one to stay in the Premier League, the other to capture the power they once held at the top.
United has fallen into disrepair, is no longer the dominant force it once was, with troubles off the pitch and an all-star squad that is losing ground.
Ralf Rangnick has struggled to get this group of supposedly world-class players, who you fear are mentally ill, to go through.
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But now is the chance to redeem themselves with their fans at Elland Road, arriving at the lions yard at 2pm today.
United legend Roy Keane is sure to love this fixture, a mark to help get their season going.
The Irish midfield legend is sure to get his first tackle this afternoon, sending an early message to Leeds.
Paul PogbaFred, Scott McTominay and Co need to do the same, and prove they deserve to wear the Red Devils shirt.
On the other side, Leeds have their own tough central defender emblem in David Batty, a legend in these parts of Yorkshire.
So does he, and he will certainly be the one to make United shudder.
The whites are currently sucked into the relegation battle, and need all the spirit of their former hero to get out of it.
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They are just 5 points behind the relegation zone, with those below them with games in hand.
Meanwhile, United are fourth, but a spot here and Arsenal, West Ham, Tottenham and Co will have to lick their lips.
Now really, both of these teams now need to show off the derby battle this game is famous for, or face the obscurity.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/football/premier-league/4729710/man-utd-leeds-rivals-premier-league/ Man Utd against Leeds is an arch-rival of grit and hatred but both need to show more on the pitch or face obscurity.