“I mean other players have done it, Rio [Ferdinand] left – Rio was only there a year. Alan Smith did it and he’s not particularly welcome back in Leeds now.
“Kalvin is Leeds through and through. I’d have never gone to be honest. I’d have never played for Man United – well I never got asked.”
Phillips missed the opening game of the campaign against Man Utd after his exploits with England in the summer but has gone on to play every minute of Leeds’ last seven matches in all competitions.
His side have suffered a dismal start to the season, however, and are yet to pick up a Premier League win.