Leeds United Beat Manchester United

January 4, 2010 at 5:47 am | Posted in General Football | Leave a comment

Leeds United, once the pride of West Yorkshire, recently hit upon hard times.  In their more illustrious past they won one FA Cup, one League Cup, and three First Division Championships.  They have played in European Cup finals and won the Fairs cup twice.  While they had long spells in the Second division, they had longer spells in the top flight.   They were a stable club until recent financial disaster took them to the lowest point in their history.

Grandiose visions of future European Champions League participation proved United’s undoing.  In the 2000-2001 season they went on an amazing tear in the Champions League all the way to the semi-final, where they lost to Valencia.   They hoped to qualify to play in the next years competition.  They did not.  Their failure to qualify for the Champions League the next year  started a spiral downwards for the club that they have only begun to recover from.  A club drunk on visions of glory hit rock bottom in League One.   A huge club was swimming about amongst the minnows of English football.   Even Yorkshire rivals Doncaster Rovers, who once went as low as the non-league conference, shot past Leeds into the Championsip by beating them in the League one playoffs.

Today Leeds United’s real recovery surely began with a huge 1-0 third round FA Cup win against their hated rivals Manchester United.   The likes of Rooney and Berbatov left Old Trafford (the “Theatre of Dreams”) with sullen looks on their faces.

Leeds now look set to go straight up to the Championship, as they lead League One.  It is about time this once great club got back to the top end of English football.  If they can hold on to today’s goalscorer Beckford through the upcoming transfer window, they will win promotion to the Championship next year.  Then, who knows?  I hope they can make their recovery complete by shooting back into the Premiership the following year.

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