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Let’s Go Back In Time, Rio

Bitter loser Rio Ferdinand has criticised City striker Mario Balotelli following the fracas at the end of Saturday’s FA Cup semi final which saw City book a return to Wembley for the FA Cup Final.

Writing on his Twitter account, Ferdinand said “If you score a goal and give a bit to opposing fans I kind of accept that. But at the final whistle, go to your fans and enjoy it, not opposing fans.”

Interesting words Rio but what a short memory you have. Let’s go back 18 months and a derby at Old Trafford. Michael Owen scores a last minute winner for United and what does Gary Neville do? Run and celebrate in front of the visiting City supporters.

And let’s not forget that the same player flashed and kissed the United badge in front of visiting Liverpool supporters after United had beaten them.

The funny thing about the whole situation is that Ferdinand acted like a child being wound up by a younger brother. He is 31, captained England and lifted every major trophy, yet he allowed himself to be wound up Mario who is really just beginning his career.

The sensible thing for Ferdinand would have been to walk away but instead showed his complete bitterness at the result by trying to land one on Mario and ended up looking a complete fool.

On another note, I must say that many of the United fans I have spoken to have been quite gracious in defeat and some are even wishing us well in the final. Obviously there are going to be those that will want to see Stoke beat us (I say this as Stoke are 5-0 up at the time of writing), as they see City wining a trophy as unthinkable.

I remember a similar situation when Leeds went head to head with United in 1992 for the league title and we were saying how United winning the league was unthinkable and that it couldn’t be allowed to happen. It didn’t that year but the following year it happened.

No doubt many of United’s hate infested blogs, you know the ones I’m referring to, will be firmly on Stoke’s side on May 14th and, although it will be a very difficult game, we will go there with the belief that the FA Cup will be in our possession by the end of the game.



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