Manchester United legend reveals his shock at rivals’ remarkable form

Date published: Friday 12th February 2021 5:21 - Dan Burnham

Rio Ferdinand

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has revealed his shock at Manchester City’s impressive recovery after their poor start to the season.

City were slow to get going in their Premier League campaign and found themselves in mid-table.

Pep Guardiola’s men have turned things around in emphatic style though. Their 3-1 FA Cup win against Swansea was their 15th successive victory in all competitions, which is the longest run by a top-flight side in English history.

The Citizens sit top of the Premier League, five points ahead of their second-placed local rivals United with a game in hand.

They are also still on for a remarkable quadruple. They are in the final of the Carabao Cup, the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, and the last 16 of the Champions League.

Ferdinand said: “It’s a surprise to me, though, I’ve got to be honest. When you lose David Silva, the influence he had, and Leroy Sane, one of your best wingers, that’s a big, big thing – and your defence is looking shaky in that period as well.

“For them to come back and do this, and churn out 15 on the bounce like that, for me, I thought they were a good team but I didn’t imagine them doing this, especially under the current circumstances, where everyone was flip-flopping for top spot in the league.

“They were languishing in 10th or 11th at one point, so to do this, it’s like ‘wow’ – out of nowhere for me.”

Fighting on all fronts means City have a packed fixture list in the coming weeks, which starts with Tottenham at home in the league this Saturday.

They will be looking to stretch not only their winning streak but also their unbeaten run, which currently stands at 22 games.

England icon shares Foden advice

Meanwhile, another Manchester United and England icon has shared his advice for City’s Phil Foden ahead of this summer’s Euro 2020 finals.

Foden is enjoying his best season to date in the Sky Blue shirt. He has 10 goals and six assists across 29 appearances in all competitions.

The 20-year-old also put in a man-of-the-match display against Liverpool last weekend in a 4-1 win.

He looks destined to play a vital role for his country in the European Championship, and England’s all-time top scorer Wayne Rooney has offered some words of wisdom for the youngster.

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