Manchester United's James Milner transfer plan to be ruined by Leeds United connection?

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It's not just his time at Manchester City which makes James Milner unlikely to move to Manchester United, but his time at Leeds United too.

Manchester United were reported by The People this weekend to be shock contenders to sign James Milner.

The People's story, published on sister paper The Mirror's website, claimed Red Devils CEO Ed Woodward had approached Milner's representatives over a move.

Milner is a free agent after spending five seasons at Manchester City, rivals and competitors of United.

It is a connection however with Milner's boyhood club Leeds United which is more likely to ruin any audacious plan from Manchester United.

Yorkshire-born Milner grew up in a family of Leeds United season ticket holders, and went onto become their youngest ever goalscorer.

Leeds United and Manchester United's rivalry is well storied, and the midfielder joining the Red Devils would be a bigger betrayal of his Leeds roots than it would be to Manchester City, a club which has undervalued him, leading to his contract running down.

He was sold to Newcastle in 2004, later moving to Aston Villa and then Manchester City, and is still just 29.

Milner still holds admiration for the Championship club, telling students in comments published on Leeds Trinity University’s official website, he would be open to a return. "If it happens, it is the right time and Leeds want me at some point, then I would obviously love to.”

SkySports reported last night Milner was in talks with both Liverpool and Arsenal, with no mention of Manchester United.

The former Leeds United midfielder may have given the Red Devils the brush off already.

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