Gary Neville has said the rivalry between Man United and Leeds United was more ferocious than between his former side and Liverpool.

The Sky Sports pundit was talking on a special edition of Monday Night Football.

With all football currently suspended, Neville and Jamie Carragher were looking at the classic Leeds v Liverpool game from 2000.

Leeds ended up winning the game 4-3 after a masterclass and four goals from Mark Viduka.

Talking after the game Neville said, “It was brutal when we went to Leeds, even more brutal than going to Liverpool.

“The rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester United was huge but the rivalry with Leeds was almost a deep hatred.

“There’s a little bit of respect between United and Liverpool but with Leeds there was a real nastiness – like they would come onto the pitch if they could.”

It’s almost like the Man United/Liverpool rivalry has just been keeping things ticking over until Leeds are back in the top flight.

If Leeds do get promoted then the Leeds v Man United fixtures will be two of the most keenly awaited games in the calendar.

And Neville had good things to say about Leeds too: “Leeds has always felt like a huge club. When I get asked what is a big club I always think of Leeds United. The feeling when you go and play football there is unbelievable – it’s different.”

The last two games between the two teams have seen the spoils shared after Leeds knocked United out of the FA Cup in 2010.

United got their revenge in the league cup the next season.

The game before that was the last meeting between the two teams in the Premier League in 2004 which ended in a 1-1 draw.

In other Leeds United news, ‘Sick and tired’ – Sky Sports pundit wants just two games to be played and Leeds to be promoted


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