Gary Neville has told Sky Sports that facing Leeds United as a Manchester United player was a brutal experience.
The former right-back served United with distinction playing for 19 years as a one-club man at Old Trafford.
He made 602 appearances for the club winning eight Premier League titles, three FA Cups, the League Cup twice, Champions League twice and also the FIFA World Club Cup.
Neville was a pundit on last night’s Monday Night Football show and he implied that facing Leeds was more difficult than taking on Liverpool.
He told Sky Sports: “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 onto the pitch if they could.”
The Whites and Manchester United haven’t locked horns since 2011 when a brace from Michael Owen and a Ryan Giggs goal saw the Red Devils knock Leeds out of the League Cup.
Next season could see the rivalry resume, however, with Leeds currently top of the Sky Bet Championship and heading towards promotion.
Leeds will hope that an agreement is reached for the season to be finished when safe to do so with the Covid-19 hiatus currently halting proceedings.
Neville isn’t a man overly popular at Elland Road and supporters will agree that the Leeds and United rivalry is massive.
Yorkshire against Lancashire is typically feisty anyway but over the years the battle between the two clubs has been ferocious.