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Manchester United vs Leeds: WA officials tight-lipped on security for English showdown in Perth

Perth police won’t reveal if extra security measures have been put in place ahead of the Manchester and Leeds United showdown.

The rivalry between diehard fans is one of the fiercest in English football and Wednesday night’s game will be the first time the arch-enemies have met in eight years.

Leeds fans hate Manchester United. The feeling is mutual.

“It’s just gone back several years, and Leeds people aren’t a very nice set of people as you’ll see on Saturday night,” Keith White, from Manchester United’s Brisbane Support Team, said.

Leeds touched down in Perth last night. There was no private jet and no specially-painted bus like Man U. But Leeds supporters made their presence known.

In just two sleeps, 55,000 passionate fans will be at Optus Stadium to watch the fierce foes square off.

“You could call it a hatred back home,” Leeds captain Liam Cooper said.

“The fans didn’t get along but the games were always good games.”

Police won’t reveal if any extra security has been put in place in case tensions boil over on Wednesday.

But what has been highly publicised by the State Government is just how successful this tour has been for tourism.

“For example on Saturday night all the Burswood hotels and the largest hotel in the city the Pan Pacific were all completely full,” acting tourism minister Bill Johnston said.

You can watch Leeds train at HBF Park tomorrow at 4.30pm.

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