Man Utd legend Roy Keane’s verdict on Leeds players and fans


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Roy Keane has given his verdict on Manchester United’s rivalry with Leeds (Picture: Sky Sports)

Roy Keane says it would be ‘silly’ for Leeds players and fans to think their club is as big as Manchester United.

The two rivals go up against each other at Elland Road with fans present in the ground for the first time in 19 years this afternoon.

Leeds and United enjoyed a fierce rivalry in the 1960s and 70s but in more recent years the Red Devils have had more meetings with rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.

United legend Keane had plenty of praise for Leeds in the build up to today’s game but insists his former team are on a different level when comparing the two clubs.

‘Leeds would certainly be up there with the rivalries, like Liverpool and Arsenal,’ Keane told Sky Sports.

‘Obviously Man City weren’t so strong when I was playing but Leeds was up there.

‘It was fantastic. The beauty of them is that I think Leeds will have a go at United, they always did.

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Manchester United received a hostile reception at Elland Road (Picture: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

‘They always came and had a go at United.

‘I think Leeds’ players and supporters, it’s probably silly of them to think they’re as big as Man United as they’re not, but they always have a go, I’ll give them that.

‘They’d always be up for a physical battle. It was always tense, there was obviously a lot of rivalry with the supporters, a lot of hatred there.’

While the majority of football fans will know about United and Leeds’ history, Ralf Rangnick admitted he only discovered they were rivals last week.

‘Well I’m prepared yes, but it’s not so important if I’m prepared, it is more important that the players are,’ Rangnick said.

‘I’m sure they are. We have a high level of experience in the team, and it won’t be the first time that they have a sold-out stadium against a team where the supporters don’t like us that much.

‘I didn’t know until a week ago that this is one of the biggest rivalries in the Premier League, I thought it would rather be Liverpool or Manchester City, but that doesn’t matter.

‘For us, it is an important game for both teams, Leeds need points in the relegation battle, and we need points in the race for the fourth place.’

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