Alan Smith explains what Manchester United players told him about Leeds

Alan Smith joined Manchester United from Leeds United in the summer of 2004.

Alan Smith has revealed to The Independent what Manchester United players told him about Leeds United back in 2004.

Smith, who is now on the books of League Two outfit Notts County, left Leeds for the Red Devils in the summer of 2004 following the Whites’ relegation to the Championship at the end of the 2003-04 season.

“There is a big fan rivalry but inside the clubs there is just mutual admiration,” the former Newcastle United midfielder told The Independent.

“When I went there lads who had played Leeds-Man United were, ‘We want Leeds to get back up’, because those games were the games you want to be involved in.”

Leeds United’s current situation

The 2003-04 season was the last time that Leeds were in the Premier League.

The West Yorkshire outfit are now an also-ran in the Championship, with a top-six finish highly unlikely.

Leeds are one of the biggest clubs of England and have a fanbase that even some Premier League teams will struggle to compete with.

It is disappointing that the Whites continue to struggle in the Championship season after season.

Perhaps one day Leeds will be back in the Premier League and competing with the likes of United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City.

One day…

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