An altogether unflattering nickname given to Leeds United by their Manchester United counterparts began trending across social media during the clash between the sides this afternoon.
Historic rivalries were of course renewed in the Premier League a short time ago.
The matchup saw Leeds welcome Man United to Elland Road, for a highly anticipated showdown.
In terms of league position, the clash, in truth, was of little importance, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s visitors having been sitting pretty in 2nd, comfortably clear of the top-4 chasing pack, and Leeds in mid-table.
After the prior meeting between the sides saw the former absolutely run riot en route to a 6-2 victory at Old Trafford back in December, though, it came as little surprise to see Leeds emerge with revenge firmly on their minds.
The Whites stood tall against their favoured opponents throughout, albeit with a lack of cutting edge in forward areas telling.
Helder Costa’s deflected effort loops narrowly over the bar
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 25, 2021
In turn, the clash eventually played out into a drab stalemate, as the bitter rivals were each forced to settle for a share of the spoils.
Leeds’ efforts this afternoon, though, whilst admirable for the most part, at times could certainly have been described as ‘combative’.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men took no prisoners, with the likes of Marcus Rashford and Dan James having been on the receiving end of particularly heavy challenges.
And such tactics, in turn, resulted in an altogether unflattering nickname of old coming back to the fore, and even trending across social media, as Manchester United’s fans made clear their feelings regarding the physical nature of the action at Elland Road:
Dirty Leeds, no change there then
— Cantona & Best (@bestcanton7) April 25, 2021
— nico™️ #GlazersOut (@MUFCnico) April 25, 2021
Dirty Leeds…..some things never change.
— Remo (@Remo26599) April 25, 2021
Dirty Leeds living up to their name
— (@V2Ladd) April 25, 2021
Same ol’ dirty Leeds.
— Josh (@J9_MNU) April 25, 2021
dirty dirty Leeds as per, kicking lumps out of poor James https://t.co/tgEqCzWolI
— arora (@SahilArora_19) April 25, 2021
— (@dipsMUFC) April 25, 2021
No wonder ‘ dirty Leeds ‘ is trending Jesus Christ
— Dan Williams (@DanWilliams_9) April 25, 2021