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Phil Foden reveals the meaning behind his new celebration and the nickname he's been given by teammates

Phil Foden reveals the meaning behind his new celebration and the nickname he's been given by teammates

Phil Foden starred as Manchester City beat Manchester United.

The meaning behind Phil Foden’s celebration has been revealed.

Last month, Foden brought out his new celebration after he scored a hat-trick during Manchester City’s 3-1 win over Brentford.

After scoring, the Englishman performed a gun-like gesture with his hands while he knelt on the turf.

On Sunday afternoon, Foden was the match-winner after his brace against Manchester United in the derby.

After scoring, Foden again performed his now trademark celebration.

Speaking last month, Foden explained the meaning behind it.

He said: “It’s a bit of banter between me and the lads. They say I shoot a lot in the five-a-side games. They call me the sniper.”

During the post-match interview after winning against United, Kyle Walker said: “We call Phil the sniper because he likes to shoot. When he comes in on that left foot you know he's got the quality to pick his spot. He took his goals fantastically well.

“We lean on him and we need important players. He practices and puts the work in. His goals are coming and he's reaping the rewards.”

Speaking on Sky Sports, former United man Gary Neville was full of praise for Foden.

He said: “Sometimes, derby matches can be emotional and passionate affairs. But for local players, those who have come through the academy it means a lot. Phil Foden is as cold as ice.

“Today, the special talent that for years has been described as potential and promise is here to stay. He's such a wonderful player.”


He added: “It's important it's him. City go into the title run-in in a strong position.”

On the impact the City win would have on the title race, Neville said: “Manchester City couldn't afford to drop points today, the way the title race is going and the games they've got coming up. Liverpool next, Arsenal after that.

“They've got a huge few weeks to come. This is the start of it. A little bit of a scare early on but they've got the job done.”

Former City man Micah Richards said: "Manchester United were defending so well but they can't do that for 90 minutes. In the end the quality showed. They are two different teams - one trying to find themselves. Manchester City blew them away with their quality."

City will face Liverpool next weekend in what is billed to be a mouth-watering title six-pointer.

Featured Image Credit: Sky Sports

Topics: Phil Foden, Manchester City, Manchester United, Football