Rio Ferdinand has stuck to his Manchester United allegiances by mocking Manchester City fans on Wednesday night. Ferdinand spent 12 years at Old Trafford, winning six Premier League titles during his time at the club. The former defender was working as a pundit for BT Sport for City’s Champions League clash away at Real Madrid.
Alongside Ferdinand was former City goalkeeper Joe Hart, who won the league twice with the Sky Blues.
The panel were discussing David Silva’s impact on City as the Spaniard enters his final few months with the club before leaving in the summer.
Silva has been part of City’s four title wins since 2012 and is widely seen as one of the club’s greatest ever players.
And when asked about the midfielder, Ferdinand was quick to suggest there are not many City fans.
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“When you see any City fans around – not many of them are around – but if you see…” he said.
Hart was heard in the background saying “Wow” as the panel, including Gary Lineker and Peter Crouch, burst into laughter.
Ferdinand did finish his point about Silva and his importance for City.
He continued: “If you see any of them around he’s one of the first names when they talk about their favourite players and what a player means to their club. He’s a fantastic footballer.”
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Silva spoke ahead of the last-16 tie against Real and discussed the importance of winning the Champions League this season.
“It’s very important,” Silva said.
“Not only this season, but all of the seasons before I wanted to win it with my team-mates. We didn’t, so it will be an important match.
“I believe the second leg at home is better for us because it’s with our people. Need a good match and a good result.”
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He claimed Sergio Ramos is the Real player he would have at City.
“I have many colleagues and colleagues from the national team, who I enjoyed lots of things with,” Silva added.
“In this case it would be Sergio. I’ve known him a long time, he’s a leader and would be good for us.”
Ahead of the tie, City boss Pep Guardiola was confident his side could overcome Zinedine Zidane’s outfit.
“I know this is a big opportunity in the last 16. We are playing the king of this competition, so we know the challenge in front of us,” Guardiola said.
“Consecutive (league) titles shows how good this team is.
“They (Real) are the best and it’s a huge challenge for us to meet them.
“We are convinced that we want to play against them, win and be the level of this competition.”
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