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Man United Fans Are Loving Rio Ferdinand's Message After Derby Win

Man United Fans Are Loving Rio Ferdinand's Message After Derby Win

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand penned a lengthy message on Instagram after the club's derby comeback to stop rivals City winning the league on Saturday.

Jose Mourinho's side were played off the park in the first half at the Etihad, finding themselves 2-0 down and incredibly fortunate that City spurned some glorious chances to extend their lead.

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But buoyed by Paul Pogba, who stepped up in the second half and scored two goals in quick succession before Chris Smalling notched the winner, United produced the most unlikely comeback and spoiled City's title party.

Images: PA
Images: PA

Six-time Premier League winner Ferdinand conjured up a detailed post (or essay) on how much the win meant, while praising Paul Pogba for answering his critics and doing the business.

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If you've got a half-hour spare, check it out:

Beaten by your rivals at their ground & to then have to sit there and watch them lift the Premier League trophy - all of this while them home fans laugh at you, there downtrodden, embarrassed, worthless, a beaten man/team. That is the nightmare the night before the derby game many of the players if not all would of had. That very picture would almost certainly of gone through their minds at some point leading up to that game. So to see the way the @manchesterunited team came back from 2 goals down & it could have been more had City finished their chances, signifies to me that that these guys really do care about playing for the shirt and how desperate they were not to allow that nightmare to become a reality! That is the type of pressure these games bring on - can you as an individual get rid of those terrible images and concentrate on the job in hand or will you allow yourself to be drowned in such negativity that you can hardly warm up without it being on your mind constantly and your warm up is 25mins of bad touches and anxiety! This can I add, all before the actual game begins - Mental warfare! So well done to the boys for dealing with all that especially after going 2 goals down (imagine the panic). Lastly...... @paulpogba was the talk before the game and he went on to make sure he was the talk after it (for the reasons he so desperately wants them to be). Knowing Paul, he will want to be talked about as a great player but his extravagant hairstyles and dance moves have too often overshadowed his performances. Flashy hair and being seen to enjoy every bit of life is just the way Paul Pogba is and that's his choice so it must be respected. All he has to do is make sure he keeps producing performances & goals like we saw vs City and that will be the conversation with him rather than the other stuff. He was let free or had to play in a more advanced role due to the scoreline which allowed him to do what he does best - less defensive responsibility and allowed to attack like he learnt and did at Juve with the results we saw in the second half at City. That's the pressure he puts on himself but one I'm sure he can deal with. #MUFC #POGBA :heart::soccer:
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While City will surely still win the Premier League title after a superb season, avoiding the humiliation of seeing their bitter rivals do it right in front of them was hugely important and could well be a big step for them going into next season.

Topics: Manchester City, Paul Pogba, Jose Mourinho, Manchester United, Pep Guardiola, Premier League, Manchester derby, Rio Ferdinand

Josh Lawless

Josh is a writer who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.

 

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