Why Rishi Sunak supports Southampton as manager gives brutal verdict ahead of Leeds United final

Rishi Sunak
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Leeds United will look to seal an instant return to the Premier League this afternoon when they take on Southampton in the Championship play-off final.

After missing out on an automatic spot earlier this month, Leeds will go all-out to defeat the Saints to avoid having to sell their best players in the summer.

Southampton come into the clash after overcoming West Brom in the semi-final and Russell Martin's men will back themselves to be victorious at Wembley Stadium.

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Thousands of supporters will pack into the national stadium and one Saints fan has attracted more interest than others. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak supports the Saints having been born in the south coast city.

Having previously described himself as a 'massive football fan' and has been pictured attending games often this season. After being in the stands for the 3-1 win over West Brom, Sunak is expected to be at Wembley today.

However, the PM hasn't been greeted with the warmest of welcomes from Martin. After Sunak watched the 2-1 win over Plymouth, the Saints boss said: "He might have to come down [to see the players], but I have no interest in saying hello.

"How's that for honesty? I hope he enjoyed himself just like anyone who comes here. I hope they enjoy themselves. I have no interest [in chatting] because I'm a football manager.

"I'm not sure we're aligned on too much politically but I know he's a fan and I hope he enjoyed watching the team. I'm sure some people would be excited about him being here but we had a job to do and we were here to win a football match and we did."

Sunak recently called a snap General Election for July 4 meaning his status as PM could be removed. It remains to be seen what reaction he is met with at the national stadium.