Leeds United v Manchester United: Classic Encounters

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The pairing of Leeds United and Manchester United in the third round of the Carling Cup serves as a reminder to some of the classic encounters between these two sides steeped in history.

Whilst the decline of the Whites in recent times means tonight's match at Elland Road is likely to mean more to the hosts than Red Devils, that wasn't always the case when 'dirty Leeds' were regarded as the best team in English football during the 60s and 70s.

Sir Alex Ferguson's side now hold that mantle, but there have still been some classic encounters between the pair in the last 20 years, and not all of them going the way of the current Barclays Premier League champions.

GMF picks a favourite five from more recent times:

1: Manchester United 0 - 1 Leeds United
Old Trafford; FA Cup;
3rd January, 2010.

The most recent outing between the two sides went the way of the underdogs, with the then Npower League One side taking a huge scalp in the third round of the competition.

Jermaine Beckford was the hero for the Whites, scoring in the 13th minute to send Simon Grayson's side into the fourth round. United had started Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov, but the might of the champions wasn't enough against the battling Whites.

2: Manchester United 2 - 0 Leeds United
Old Trafford; Premier League;
6th September, 1992.

A significant day in the shift of power from Yorkshire to Lancashire, with Eric Cantona appearing against the Red Devils in a league match for the last time before his controversial move to Old Trafford.

Andrei Kanchelskis and Steve Bruce scored against the old first division champions, signaling the start of United's Premier League dominance in their first meeting of the new era.


3: Leeds United 2 - 3 Manchester United
Elland Road; League Cup;
28th October, 2003

A possible insight into tonight's clash, as a second string United side overcame Leeds in extra-time.

The fabled Roque Junior gave the Whites the lead in the first-half, before David Bellion grabbed an equaliser for the visitors with 12 minutes remaining.

Unbelievably, the Brazilian centre back scored again in the additional 30 minutes after Diego Forlan had put United in-front. There were to be no penalties though, with Eric Djemba-Djemba scoring the winner in the 117th minute to break Leeds hearts.

4: Leeds United 1 - 0 Manchester United
Elland Road; Premier League;
27th September 1997

A game that will forever be etched in the memory of Roy Keane, who suffered cruciate ligament damage in a challenge with Alfe Inge-Haaland whilst chasing a ball in the Leeds boss.

Stricken on the floor, Haaland stood over the Irishman and accused the player of feigning injury. It was something the midfielder would never forget, and four years later he exacted his own brand of revenge on the player during his time with Manchester City, effectively ending Haaland's career with a horror challenge to the knee.

David Weatherall scored the only goal in an otherwise low-key 'war of the roses'.

5: Leeds United 3 - 4 Manchester United
Elland Road, Premier League;
30th March, 2002.

Ole Gunnar-Solskjaer struck twice for United, who opened a 4-1 lead up against their Yorkshire rivals before Ian Harte and Lee Bowyer made it a grandstand finish.

Paul Scholes opened the scoring before Mark Viduka equalised, with Ryan Giggs notching after the Solskjaer double. It was a season to forget for Ferguson's side though, finishing third in the league. Leeds finished fifth behind Newcastle in David O'Leary's last season in charge.

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