As rivalries go, you can rank Leeds United and Manchester United up their in the upper tier of ’embittered’ contests.
It is a rivalry that is a canker on behalf of both sets of fans, digs and jibes being exchanged across social media now that the two sides play a division apart.
It is not only a Leeds-Manchester thing that drives the animosity, but a cross-Pennines, War of the Roses connotation that sees Leeds United fans shunning the very wearing of red like it is some kind of plague-ridden hue.
For these Whites fans, one goal and game still leaves a rosy glow to their cheeks. It is this one:
Now this rivalry is about to spark into life again as confirmation comes that the Whites will be facing the Reds…in Australia.
ℹ️ Leeds season ticket holders & members receive email link to buy at 2 am, Nov 27.
📣 Non season ticket holders/non members to register from Nov 21 at https://t.co/V1nLimicZt to receive email link at 2 am, Nov 28 to buy.
💷 Prices start at £40 pic.twitter.com/dT1SD8tNo8
— Adam Pope (@apopey) November 20, 2018
The friendly next July will see Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United side travel out to Australia to take part in two friendlies, the highlight being this one (above) against Manchester United.
It is, of course, a match-up that has gotten fans talking. Here’s how some of them have reacted over on Twitter:
Airbus has been booked ✈️
— Barrow Whites (@BarrowWhites) November 20, 2018
That’s not going to be a cheap away day #lufc
— Will Handley (@WillHandley91) November 20, 2018
— JordanLufc (@JJ_jordie) November 20, 2018
Friendly? No chance. #lufc.
— Ryan Hickman (@Ryanlufc1992) November 20, 2018
If it is you can be sure they will change kick off time like they usually do 😉😊😄😂
— David Michael Cox (@gurucox) November 20, 2018
Be a nice warm up game for when we get them first game of the season
— Ollie Griffiths (@OllieGriffithss) November 20, 2018
Unleash Berradi!!! 👊 pic.twitter.com/YSmGf85ZMA
— Matt.J (@thejoyabides) November 20, 2018