Rio Ferdinand has fanned the mind games fire ahead of the FA Cup semi final by having a somewhat surreptitious dig at the attitude of some of the City players.
Speaking in Thursday’s The Sun, the United defenders said:
“You don’t see people coming off shaking their heads or being disgruntled or sitting on the bench in a sulk at this club because everyone is delighted to be at this club.
“The moment you show a little bit of dissent like that, the manager isn’t happy and he pulls rank and rightly so. He keeps people on their toes.
“People want to play here. You want to be here. You don’t want to be part of any other squad and that’s the way it is.
“It’s just a respect for the club, the manager and the people who were here before you. It’s an unwritten rule.
“There are no cliques in our changing room.
“People wish each other well before games, even if someone is playing in your position. That’s the way we are.”
With James Milner reacting badly to being subbed against Liverpool on Monday night he became the latest City player to show dissent towards the manager this season.
Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez have both reacted angrily to being subbed and there is a nagging feeling that Roberto Mancini may be struggling to keep his house in order. Let’s certainly hope that’s the case tomorrow.
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