Shortly after the FA Cup third round draw was completed, Manchester United moved quickly to get the first dig in at Leeds United’s expense with the attention grabbing headline ‘United face cup minnows‘ on their official site.

Clearly the headline was a cheap shot at the Leeds United faithful, some of which it will have no doubt aggrevated, but for me, this is what it’s all about. The Leeds-ManU rivalry is amongst the most fierce in football and despite our prolonged absence from the Premier League, it certainly hasn’t fizzled out. Even the author of Manure’s official site conceeded that Scum “share a deep rooted rivalry with the Whites, despite their absence from the Premier League since 2004.”

Let’s not get carried away here. We still have to beat Kettering next Tuesday (which will be shown live on ITV4) but assuming we can get by them on home soil, a return to Sold Trafford is a moment we’ve all been waiting for. Of course, ManU are likely to be much stronger than Leeds, but this is the FA Cup and upsets do happen. If anyone deserves a triumphant moment like that, it’s definitely us.

Fair play to Scum for the headline, it was an easy cheap shot, but definitely made me laugh. I’d expect more of the same in the coming weeks, with a war of words coming from both camps as the excitement builds.

Let’s just pray Leeds don’t let us down on Tuesday. They shouldn’t need much more motivation than this anyway! Glory-hunting fans at work are already telling me they’re going to batter us 10-0. Be nice to wipe that smug ‘never been to Old Trafford, but align myself with Manu because they win things‘ look from their face.