Leeds United fans defend Christiansen over decision to watch Manchester United

Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen came under hot water at the weekend for attending the derby between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford.

The Whites have had a long-running rivalry with United, so when Christiansen was spotted with fans at the North-West stadium, controversy sparked on social media.

The manager, who was appointed as Garry Monk’s successor in the summer, had a day off on Sunday and spent it watching two Premier League title contenders go head to head.

The 44-year-old Dane would have been in a good mood due to Saturday’s result against Queens Park Rangers, which ended in a 3-1 triumph.

His positivity may have been dented slightly the following day when he received criticism on Twitter for heading to Old Trafford.

Christiansen attempted to explain himself by insisting that his son wanted to see City in action.

Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani defended the coach on Twitter, and some fans followed suit.