Leeds and Manchester United have one of the most heated rivalries in English football history.
There’s no hiding that the two clubs absolutely hate each other, but that hasn’t stopped them from doing business over the years.
It’s a rare occurrence, but a handful of players have swapped white for red and vice versa, and each time it happens it creates headlines.
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Eric Cantona, Alan Smith and Rio Ferdinand have all switched sides in the past 30 years, and with rumours circulating that Kalvin Phillips has caught the eye of the Red Devils we caught up with one man who has also previously crossed the divide.
Danny Pugh exclusively spoke to Football FanCast about his move from Manchester United to Leeds in 2004.
“I found it fine to be honest. Perhaps it was different for me because I didn’t play that much. I played a handful of games for United, so maybe it wasn’t such a major deal for me or a major issue,” said Pugh.
“But it is a big move, it’s a big life decision and not many people have gone either way, players have done it before, but not many have done it.”
The 37-year-old went on to speak about Phillips’ potential move to Old Trafford and how he thinks he’d cope with the move from Yorkshire to Manchester.
“I think he’d be fine. I think it would be a big decision to make. He wouldn’t be able to get around locally as much if he was playing for Man United, so it would be a huge life-changing decision for him and something he’d have to consider.” Pugh stated.
“A lot of times you have to make these decisions purely based on footballing reasons, and I think a lot of it will be down to how Leeds finish the season.”
“I like him as a player, I think he’s done really well, but he’s at a club that could go to the Premier League next season, he’s a local lad so it’d be a big decision, but it’s one he’d have to consider if it did come around,” he concluded.
Leeds fans have previously been confident that Phillips wouldn’t join their rivals, but Pugh makes a great point here.
A footballer’s career is short and playing for Manchester United would bring untold riches as well as a shot at silverware, so if the Red Devils do come knocking, the Yorkshire Pirlo would have a huge decision to make.