Former Leeds United midfielder Gary McAllister believes that the club’s fans will be hating the fact that Sheffield United have been so successful in the Premier League, per France Football via Sport Witness.
The Whites continue to fight for promotion to the top-flight and are currently second in the Championship, four points behind leaders West Bromwich Albion.
Chris Wilder’s side, however, are seventh in the top-flight, just four points behind fourth-placed Chelsea. They have lost just seven games all season, fewer than the Blues, Manchester United, and Tottenham Hotspur.
The two clubs are not exactly fierce rivals – Leeds hate Man United more, while the Blades have a city rivalry with Sheffield Wednesday – but they are both based in Yorkshire and Wilder’s side obviously beat Marcelo Bielsa’s men to promotion last season.
And McAllister thinks that the majority of fans will be struggling with the fact that the Blades are doing so well since their promotion.
He said: “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.
“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.”
Leeds fully bottled promotion in the 2018/19 season.
With 42 games of the season played, promotion was in their hands.
Following their 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday, they were three points clear of Sheffield United in second. They were also just three points behind leaders Norwich City.
In their final four games, though, they took just one point, losing to Wigan Athletic, Brentford, and Ipswich Town, while drawing with Aston Villa.
Sheffield United, by comparison, went unbeaten, winning three and drawing one, while Norwich drew two and won two. Leeds ultimately ended the season with 83 points, six points behind the Blades and 11 behind Norwich.
That is a staggering fall from grace.
This season, at this point, they are second and appear well-set to finally climb back into the top-flight but they should use the rise of Wilder’s men as motivation.
It could well have been them if they had kept their act together.