Much can be said of the rivalry between Leeds United and Manchester United, but in recent times that rivalry has been shelved until the West Yorkshire club return to the big time, which could well be next season.
During Leeds’ fifteen year absence from the top flight, there have still been a couple of occasions for the clubs to rekindle that rivalry, most notably, for Leeds fans, is the victory over United at Old Trafford on January 3rd 2010, with a Jermaine Beckford goal giving Leeds a 1-0 win in the FA cup 3rd round.
Every other occasion has resulted in a win for Manchester United, but the rivalry is as intense as ever nonetheless.
Last night saw a tame version of said rivalry as Leeds beat Salford City in the Carabao Cup 1st round, the victory over Salford, a club owned by Manchester United legends Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville and Phil Neville, was mat graciously in the main by the former Red Devils, but one Leeds player in particular was singles out for a bit of a hiding from Sky Pundit Gary Neville.
Kiko Casilla, a man who has been lamented by his own fans and pundits, was his usual, exuberant self in the game, coming out for everything that came inside his area and frightening the life out of his own defenders and fans alike.
Casilla’s performance drew scathing insight from Gary Neville, saying after the game…
“He parries two back in towards his own penalty spot. I’d be a nervous wreck playing with him. That’s the first time I’ve seen him live tonight. He made some good saves but…”
As if to agree with both men, Paul Robinson, the former Leeds United goalkeeper who was also working as a pundit with Neville had this to say regarding Casilla (32)…
“Goalkeeping wise his saves were excellent,”
“But again he’s struggled with the ball coming into his box. I know it’s something they’ve worked on but I think maybe they’ve worked on it too much because it’s in his head.”
Work to be done for the Spaniard, but his madness is also a source of entertainment… so we will see how he gets on during the course of the season.