Former Leeds man recalls how Whites fans treated him as a Manchester United fan

General views of Elland Road before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Aston Villa at Elland Road on December 03, 2016 in Leeds, England.

Alex Bruce played for Leeds United after growing up supporting their arch-rivals, Manchester United.

Alex Bruce and Sanchez Watt of Leeds United compete with Andrey Arshavin of Arsenal during the FA Cup sponsored by E.On Third Round Replay match between Leeds United and Arsenal at Elland...

Alex Bruce has insisted that Leeds United are a great club to play for despite his allegiance towards their rivals, Manchester United.

Bruce - whose father and the current Newcastle manager, Steve, starred for Manchester United as a player - spent two years with Leeds at the start of the decade.

The Kilmarnock centre-back played 33 times for the Whites, scoring once, before joining his dad on the other side of Yorkshire at Hull.

Appearing on The Big Interview podcast with Graham Hunter, Bruce was asked how he is treated whenever he goes back to Leeds - and whether the Whites fans see him as one of their own. 

 

"No!" he replied, laughing. "I wasn't one of their own. I never was.

"I made it no secret that I was a Man United fan. I tried to keep it under wraps but obviously you can't nowadays, with anything.

"Me and Kasper (Schmeichel, son of Bruce's senior's former Manchester United teammate, Peter), in goal, they used to have some very, very funny chants for us about our dads.

"Listen (it's) a great club to play for. I think, when you're a footballer, my belief is: it's a short career so grab every opportunity with both hands.

"And when the opportunity came to play for Leeds... it was a fantastic club.

Father and son Alex Bruce and Steve Bruce, manager of Hull City celebrate with the trophy after the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Final match between Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday at...

"It was a bit in turmoil at the time: behind the scenes, upstairs. Everyone knows the problems that they've had: chops and changes, managers and players constantly in and out of the door.

"But yeah, really good club."

Leeds' rivalry with Manchester United remains a hostile one, despite the fact the two sides have not met in more than eight years now.

And it is perhaps safe to say that in their case, absence certainly has not made the heart grow fonder.

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