I think there is a general feeling of goodwill towards Pep achieving that. There is a feeling of more equality in life in general and in the workplace, so women want to invest in themselves. More than one Manchester City player is being talked about as Footballer of the Year material but in my view the guy who transforms them from excellent into exceptional is Kevin De Bruyne. It will come in handy for the World Cup later next year too. Not your typical Christmas gift, this one, but it’s certainly handy. United legend Van Nistelrooy did atone for that faux pas in the return fixture in February by scoring at Old Trafford but Goater’s 86th-minute header saw City earn a 1-1 draw – a fixture that Ferdinand was also a part of. Rio Ferdinand has revealed that seeing it on full blast at Ruud van Nistelrooy quickly made him realise the significance of the Manchester derby. Ruud van Nistelrooy, who was the God then, walked in with a City shirt in his hand and I remember Sir Alex Ferguson just absolutely unloaded on him.
Reflecting on one incident, Ferdinand recalls then star striker Van Nistelrooy’s appearance with a City shirt in his hand that sent Ferguson over the edge. It’s fair to say my blue shirt will be lighter at the end of the month. But with marquee summer signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic showing off the new design, United have returned to their past with a pure white shirt with black trim. Yes, money has been spent but that’s not enough on its own to build what City have. I have no problem with a team being pragmatic if that’s their best opportunity of winning but ultimately I love watching football played on the front foot, to enjoy its majesty. All top players have the technical ability to pass a ball, it’s seeing the pass that’s hard when the space is opening and closing so rapidly around you. That’s how I felt when Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo were lining up in the tunnel and now it’s De Bruyne creating that fear factor. De Bruyne is that player for Pep Guardiola’s City. Legendary teams need at least one player who can unlock the door because the teams they face will invariably sit back. Although there are two English teams in the Champions League final, I’ll be rooting for Manchester City and I think most people outside Stamford Bridge will feel the same.
Premier League footballers aren’t easily intimidated but occasionally they’ll come up against an opponent and think ‘I wish he wasn’t there’. The Premier League, though, continues to look into the financial dealings unearthed in the leaks. Both were great designs in their own right, but put together look a disaster and fans already cautious about tricky trips to Everton and Manchester City next season have another cause to be worried. Complete the look with these slick strides. Creating is much harder than destroying, particularly when you are tired or frustrated, which is I admire him even more than other City players like Ruben Dias who have been outstanding. Vision like his cannot be coached but you can tell he’s worked hard to maximise his qualities. He’s in double figures for Premier League assists again this season, and in double figures for goals in all competitions. Flamengo in Brazil have also been interested in signing the 29-year-old. Cluj will play in European competition next season, although wages could act as a roadblock to the move. It doesn´t matter if Pep Guardiola is the coach or you have some of the world´s most expensive players in the team. Miffed at Mason adding on 20 seconds to the scheduled three minutes of stoppage time, during which Grant Holt netted the decisive goal, Moyes made no mention of the fact that Everton have now surrendered a massive 19 points from winning positions this season.
Winning Europe’s biggest prize with City would rubberstamp everything Pep Guardiola has worked for over five years and it’d be thoroughly deserved. We got beat 3-1 at Maine Road with Shaun Goater scoring two goals,’ he told his Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE YouTube channel during an interview with City legend Vincent Kompany. However, his derby debut didn’t go to plan as Ferguson’s side were swept aside 3-1 at Maine Road – with Shaun Goater scoring twice in the victory. But despite the pain of the defeat, it wasn’t until Ferdinand got into the supposed sanctuary of the changing rooms that he witnessed at first-hand what the derby should represent to United. And just four months later he got his first taste of a Manchester derby as United travelled to local rivals Manchester City. He admits that he found it hard at Christmas, when his wife, Kerrie, went home with their four young children to see family, and he went round for lunch with team-mate and fellow Scouser, James Robinson. BOXING – World heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis pays homage to the 43 people crushed to death at Johannesburg’s Ellis Park Stadium four days earlier — considered the worst sporting accident in South African history.