Cup clash excites former United rival

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Leeds United midfielder Adam Clayton goes into Tuesday night's Carling Cup third round tie against Manchester United with another motivation to get one over the Barclays Premier League giants.

The two sides meet 20 months on from their clash in the FA Cup third round, when Jermaine Beckford's goal ensured Leeds owned the bragging rights until the pairs' next meeting.

Despite Simon Grayson's side narrowly missing out on the play-offs last season, and an opportunity to win promotion back to the Premier League, the club's craving to get one of their rivals from down the A62 is still as fresh as ever.

“You saw what it meant to Leeds fans when we beat them at Old Trafford and I think it would be even better if we did it at Elland Road," Clayton said.

“If we do get back into the Premier League, it’s probably the game where most Leeds fans would say: ‘We want to win that game (at home).’ Let’s hope we can get a win and move into the next round of the cup.

“I’ve known about the rivalry since I was tiny and have watched Leeds versus Man United games and they are always a bit like when Man United play Liverpool. I’m sure the atmosphere will be brilliant to play in, if I get the chance.”

Clayton is formerly of Manchester City, adding extra importance to tonight's fixture as he leads the fight to the red half of Manchester, and the 22-year-old need no introduction as to the important of the rivalry.


"I know a lot of Manchester United fans, so for me to get one over them would be good and I’ll have the bragging rights for a bit until we play in the Premier League when we can play them every season," he added.

“I’ve quite a few coming to the game; all my best mates. There’s a few United fans in there and I’d love to get a goal and put one over on them.

“I’d say there’s many more City fans than United in Manchester anyway, but that’s an another issue altogether and I’ll stay out of that!"

“Man United will field a strong team, whether it contains youth (players) or reserve players. We’ll put out a team to combat that and I’m sure we can get a (good) result.

“I’ve spoken to (Danny) Welbeck and (Tom) Cleverley, but I think they are both out (injured), so I don’t think I’ll know any of their players, apart from having watched them like every other Leeds fan.

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