Man Utd: Solskjaer previews Leeds clash
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has hit back at a Leeds United fan ahead of the first Premier League meeting between the two clubs since 2004. Ferdinand spent two seasons in the top flight with Leeds and replaced club legend Lucas Radebe as captain 2001.
He then left the club for rivals Manchester United in 2002 for a then record transfer fee for a British player.
At Old Trafford, Ferdinand became a club legend after forming a much vaunted partnership with Nemanja Vidic and helping the Red Devils win six Premier League trophies and a Champions League.
Ahead of the highly anticipated game between the two rivals, Ferdinand posted a playful tweet of a young Leeds fan holding a banner which read: “Rio Who?”
Ferdinand captioned the picture: “The cheek of it… “Rio Who” ya know! And I was your captain lil man. @LUFC to @ManUtd. British Transfer Record: £30mill.”
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In response to his tweet, a Leeds fan wrote: “Captain that walked out on his club”
Ferdinand then replied: “I had to win trophies mate – apologies!!”
Another Leeds supporter urged Ferdinand to delete his original message, writing: “You had the best fans supporting you, then threw it back in our faces by joining our biggest and most hated rivals.”
But Ferdinand was having none of it, replying: “No – this is part of history mate. You should know better”
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His former United team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be in the dugout for the latest instalment of the rivalry but the Norwegian has been reflecting on his memories of playing against Leeds.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Solskjaer said: “I can’t wait. It’s been too long. Of course, I know how much it means for our supporters.
“I know how much it means for our club but the other bit is it’s a different type of Leeds coming up, with a coach who has really done a great job with them and will test us to the limit.
“There were fiery games, the tackles were flying in, players from both teams were winners and we had a few fights, of course.
“But Elland Road wasn’t the quietest place when you came off the coach, walking into the stadium, put it that way.
“I enjoyed scoring two goals in a win at Elland Road. I enjoyed a header at the back stick, when I’d come on as a sub and it was a cross from Giggsy, I think.
“I headed it back to the other side of the post. It was two good teams back in the day and I have to say I liked the build-up to the games.
“The quality they had tested us as a team as well. Loads of good memories.”
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