BOSS - KEEP THE RIVALRY RESPECTFUL
01 Jan 2010
United manager relishing Roses clash..
is calling on the fans of both Leeds United and Manchester United to keep the rivalry respectful when the two sides go head to head at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The two clubs are set to meet for the first time in almost six years and the FA Cup pairing has re-kindled memories of a true footballing rivalry between two of the games biggest clubs.
United will be backed by almost 9,000 fans while the game has been equally anticipated across the Pennines by Man United fans looking forward to the prospect of an atmospheric clash at Old Trafford.
"It's a game I think everyone is looking forward to," said the Leeds boss.
"We sold 9,000 tickets and could have taken 20,000 and from what I heard at Old Trafford on Wednesday their fans are equally looking forward to the game.
"It's a great rivalry that dats back through the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s when the two teams were competing with each other on a regular basis. The fact that this is the first time we have met in over five years probably makes it more appealing to supporters.
"There is a rivalry, and hopefully the banter is to do with football related incidents at this moment in time and nothing is brought up about the past from both sets of supporters.
"There's been major incidents that have affected both clubs over the years, but hopefully people will concentrate on the present and not what's happened in the past."
The boss also believes that the game is a clash between two of the biggest clubs in English football, despite the fact that United are currently two divisions below the Reds.
"It's two massive clubs without a doubt," he insisted.
"You only have to look at our fans, who are amazing. Like Man U, we have a worldwide fanbase.
"Our fans have been superb because they have had a lot thrown at them over the past few years or so, but they still sell out every allocation and travel in their 1000s.
"Sunday is a day for them and I hope they enjoy it and are proud."
Ha. United v Leeds produces the most disrespectful stuff you've ever seen or heard.