Rio Ferdinand thinks that the Manchester derby will end in a draw
Speaking on his FIVE podcast as quoted by Manchester Evening News, Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand thinks that the Manchester derby this weekend will end in a draw between the two teams.
However, Ferdinand did go on to admit that it was him talking more from the heart and not from the head which seemed to hint that rationally thinking, he believes Manchester City will emerge victorious.
It is rather surprising to see a legend of the club like Ferdinand making such a comment, almost conceding that City were the better club but it is a fair reflection of where we find ourselves at the moment.
Erik ten Hag has produced some interesting results with Man United and the team seems to be improving, as seen in the wins against Liverpool and Arsenal. However, Manchester City are a different proposition to face.
The Pep Guardiola-led team have perfected their well-oiled machine and the addition of Erling Haaland who is in sensational form has made them almost unbeatable this season but that’s not the case.
We know from history that form counts for nothing when it comes to a derby game. The team that handles the atmosphere better on that given day is the team that generally comes out on top in a derby.
Speaking about the derby game which he thinks will end in a draw, Rio Ferdinand said
“That’s going to be a big one. Do I fancy United to win it? I think score draw I’m going to go for. Maybe that’s my heart over my head, but I’m going to go score draw.”
Manchester United and Erik ten Hag will have to come up with something really special if they were to get the better of the defending champions when they take them on tomorrow and it makes for a fun watch.
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A huge match awaits us tomorrow. If we can get out of this game with three points, it will be a statement that we mean business.