One major reason as to why Kalvin Phillips would not sign for Manchester United has resurfaced amid rumours linking him with a move to the Red Devils.
Following a brilliant debut Premier League season as well as the key part he played in England’s run to the final of Euro 2020, it is unsurprising to see such links arise with the Leeds United star.
However, with Phillips being Leeds born and bred, he knows more than most just how strongly Whites supporters feel about Man United.
Ahead of the clash between the two sides at Elland Road last season, this was perfectly summed up by one of his teammates. Speaking to Hylo Athletics on Instagram, Patrick Bamford outlined exactly how much that particular fixture meant to the Leeds-born midfielder.
“Kalvin’s one of them [who know what the game means],” said the Whites striker. “He hasn’t played it up as much this time, but definitely the first time around we played them, he’s like ‘this is a massive game’.
“He’s tried to tone it down a little bit, but the fact it’s at Elland Road makes it better. A shame the fans aren’t there. This week he hasn’t said much. He’ll probably talk more the day before the game, but being from Leeds it’s massive for him as well.
“All his family hate United and they’re probably rooting for him and they’re probably telling him to say ‘make sure you tell the lads how big and crucial this game is’. One of them where the rest of the season, while being important, this game is the main focus.”
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Phillips and his family’s strong connection to Leeds will encourage supporters who might be worried about his potential departure.
However, it sounds all too familiar for those fans who were left devastated by Alan Smith’s decision to join the Red Devils in 2004 after he had been quoted saying he would never play for Manchester United.
By the same measure though, the backlash that he received for that move would certainly at least enter Phillips’ thoughts if he was to ever entertain a move across the Pennines.