Gary McAllister says it is difficult for Leeds United fans to watch Sheffield United enjoying so much success.
McAllister spent six years at Elland Road when Leeds were a top flight club between 1990 and 1996.
However, since 2004 the Whites have been absent from the Premier League following relegation. The Blades are now the only Yorkshire side in the division following their promotion from the Championship.
They were in a battle with Leeds for second place last season, eventually winning out against their county rivals. They have since been excellent in their first top flight campaign in 12 years, currently in seventh position with 40 points.
Marcelo Bielsa’s team, meanwhile, are only behind West Bromwich Albion in the second tier. They have a five-point gap between themselves and third-placed Fulham and are on course to finally return to the Premier League.
“I don’t know if we realise the size of this club outside Yorkshire. United is the only club in town, which is extremely rare in England,” McAllister was quoted by the Daily Star.
“They have to be first in the area, and they see Sheffield United going fantastically with Chris Wilder… it’s not easy to live through.
“But talk to the fans, they are still fully behind them, they believe in them like me.”
McAllister and Leeds could finally get their way
After being beaten to promotion by the Blades last term, it looks like this time around it could finally be the Whites’ year.
A slight blip in league form has been rectified with back-to-back 1-0 wins at home against Bristol City and Reading.
Next up is a derby on Wednesday night with struggling Middlesbrough, who are only three points outside of the relegation zone.
The likes of Brentford, Nottingham Forest and Preston North End are also just behind Leeds in the playoff spots.