The damned United. That’s exactly what Niall Horan must be thinking right now, after the distinguished English professional soccer club gave the pop singer a social media slapdown.
The Derby County-supporting Irishman only has himself to blame. He kicked things off when he tweeted that his victorious team were “a dream to watch play”. When prompted to comment on the surging Leeds United, Horan put the boot in: “No one likes Leeds”.
The Yorkshire team’s social media crew were having none of that. “No one likes your solo career #BringBack1D,” was the response from the official Leeds United account.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) October 24, 2018
Horan’s solo journey can’t be accurately described as a failure. A year ago this month, the former One Direction star’s debut solo set Flicker topped the albums charts in the United States and his homeland, opened at No. 2 in Australia and peaked at No. 3 in the United Kingdom.
Leeds United’s players can sing all they want. After 14 matches played, they’re leading the Championship (the second tier of England’s soccer league system) and eyeing promotion to the Premier League next season. Horan’s Derby County is fifth on the ladder.
Leeds has won three English league titles, including an FA Cup, and celebrates its 100th anniversary next year. The club was immortalized in The Damned United, a 2009 British sports drama based on a book exploring the late soccer great Brian Clough’s brief stint managing the team in 1974.