Leeds are the “best team in the league” according to Whites hero Kalvin Phillips, whose stoppage-time equaliser moved United back atop the Championship, albeit for a day.
Phillips spoke to the Yorkshire Post in the aftermath of Saturday’s draw, where he netted his first goal of the season and salvaged a point for Marcelo Bielsa.
Alone it was enough to dethrone Norwich from the top spot, but the Canaries’ success in the East Anglian derby meant Daniel Farke’s side retained the honours at the close of play on Sunday.
United must know hope Norwich drop points in their remaining fixtures if they are to lift the Championship trophy, and must overcome a slump in form themselves to prevent dropping into the Play-Off positions, as Sheffield United are now within a win.
It should not be an issue as far as Phillips is concerned, however, as the defensive midfielder has told the Yorkshire Post that United are the best side in the division, and how Leeds gain inspiration from the negativity they sense from rival clubs and supporters.
“You want to prove a lot of people wrong,” he said. “There is a lot of stuff and obviously people do not like us, but it kind of motivates us to basically make a point to people and say we are the best team in the league.
“You want to be [at] the top and be the best team in the league and, with the way we have been playing, I think we are the best team in this league. We have just had a few bad results recently.”
The central-defender’s strike came deep into second-half stoppage time following the urgent medical assistance Jack Clarke required, who has since left hospital thankfully.