Leeds hero Gary McAllister says his former club will be ready to compete with Sheffield United again soon.
The Elland Road outfit are still battling to get out on the Championship.
Sheffield United, meanwhile, are riding high in the Premier League after an incredible Chris Wilder-masterminded season.
The Blades are currently seventh in the top tier and looking to secure European football next term.
Leeds have traditionally enjoyed more success, though.
And McAllister, who made over 200 appearances for the club from 1990-1996, says it’s tough for supporters to stomach the current situation.
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“I don’t know if we realise the size of this club outside Yorkshire. United is the only club in town, which is extremely rare in England,” he told France Football .
“They have to be first in the area, and they see Sheffield United going fantastically with Chris Wilder… it’s not easy to live through.
“But talk to the fans, they are still fully behind them, they believe in them like me.”
After a dismal run of form last month, Leeds now appear back on track.
They secured a hard-fought 1-0 win over Reading at Elland Road on Saturday.
"It was a similar match to what we are used to playing,” Marcelo Bielsa said in the aftermath.
“Generally we create more chances than the opponent, we have more possession than the opponent and today was this situation.
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"There was a situation in the last minute for them, the number six became a striker and that created confusion that maybe we could have solved from the bench.
"This player had a clear chance and it was a very important save by Kiko Casilla.
“For some time we were better than the opponent and the save had a big impact."
McAllister says Bielsa’s swashbuckling style is something fans appreciate.
“He’s a coach who gives the team an identity of play, a very attractive style in which the Leeds supporters see themselves,” the Scot explained.
“His Leeds is not afraid to take risks, to attack, in a championship which is extraordinarily weary and physical.”
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