Liam Gallagher backs Leeds United as Whites hope to land historic league win against Manchester United
Liam Gallagher has backed Leeds United to beat arch rivals Manchester United when the sides meet this afternoon.
The Oasis star and Manchester City fan tweeted his support for the Whites ahead of their Premier League game at Old Trafford, which kicks off at 4.30pm.
There will be no fans in attendance as the Whites renew rivalries with the Red Devils for the first time in the top flight in nearly 17 years.
To the delight of Leeds fans, Gallagher tweeted this morning: "LEEDS LEEDS LEEDS."
The Gallagher brothers are die-hard Manchester City fans and join Whites fans in hoping for a big win this afternoon.
Marcelo Bielsa's side travel to Lancashire following a 5-2 victory over Newcastle United in midweek while the hosts defeated Sheffield United 3-2.
This afternoon's encounter will have an added edge, with both sets of supporters knowing the value of victory and all three points.
Local boy Kalvin Phillips revealed ahead of the game that he had been informing his teammates at Thorp Arch about just how much the encounter means to people in West Yorkshire.
Due to current government restrictions no fans will be permitted into the stadium to take in the game.
But Mateusz Klich says Leeds United's players will head to Old Trafford in search of a positive result spurred on by the fanatical Elland Road support.
Klich believes Bielsa's squad will be pushed on in the knowledge of the added importance for supporters over a good result in Lancashire.
"When I came to Leeds I always knew, everyone told me the biggest game is [Manchester] United," Klich said ahead of kick-off.
"It was difficult to play them when we were in the Championship but finally we are here and we can play them. Unfortunately with no fans in the stadium but there's nothing we can do about it.
"We need to go there and win. I think it will be a good game for us. We all know in football anything can happen.
"For me it is a big game but it's another Premier League game and three points to get. We need to focus on that.
"For the fans it is probably one of the biggest games of the season. We will try to win for them because I know how important it is for the fans."
Stuart Dallas is also under no illusions at the importance of Leeds United's meeting with Manchester United this afternoon.
“We know how significant the game is and how big it is," Dallas said ahead of kick-off.
“But at the end of the day it’s just another game, we need to concentrate and make sure we’re prepared for it. We know how good they are and the threat they pose.
“It’s a pity there will be no fans in the stadium, we’ve all waited a long time for this.
“It’s the bread and butter as you call it, well we do where I am from anyway.
“It’s huge, it’s one we’re really looking forward to and hopefully we can go there and pull out a performance."
Leeds last faced the Red Devils in non-competitive action during a pre-season tour in Australia over a year ago, a game in which Dallas needed stitches.
“There were a few rough tackles flying around and I ended up with a few stitches, but it was accidental," he added.
“The game was a massive learning curve for us, we were playing Premier League opposition out there and it showed.
“I think we’re ready now to go to places like that and put in a performance.”