Jack Harrison is likely to anger both Leeds United and Manchester City fans after telling Leeds Live that he is to meet up with Manchester United stars after today’s friendly in Australia.
Harrison, 22, is expected to start in Wednesday’s friendly against Manchester United down under. He is one of 16 Leeds players picked to venture to the other side of the world, with Leeds also in action on Saturday.
Ahead of Wednesday’s midday kick-off, Manchester City loanee Harrison was asked about his former Manchester United connections – which saw him play with the Old Trafford side in the academy before moving to America.
Harrison spent seven years in the United academy between 2003 and 2010, before joining United’s bitter rivals City in 2018. The winger said he is looking to meet up with Axel Tuanzebe and Scott McTominay after the match.
With Leeds and United also bitter enemies, Harrison could be in danger of angering both Leeds and City fans.
“When I grew up in England I was with the Man United academy so I know a few of the lads in the team,” Harrison said. “Obviously being with City now it’s a big conflict and with Leeds having their rivalry with Man United as well, there’s a lot to play for.
“We [Harrison and his ex-Man United academy teammates] keep in touch every now and then. We’re trying to find time to meet up after the game, may be not before if we get seen or whatever.”
TBR’s view – Leeds ace Harrison playing in dangerous waters
The game has changed. Years ago, a Leeds player would not even consider the thought of remaining friends with a Manchester United player. There were certainly no friends between Manchester United and Manchester City squads.
These days, though, the rivalry is lacking what it did before. Even so, Harrison is certainly at risk of angering both Leeds and City fans with his openness to stating that he is meeting his old Manchester United teammates.