Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Barclays Premier League

United's title run leaves Richards in tears



Manchester City defender Micah Richards says his team's faltering form which has allowed Manchester United to take a virtually unassailable lead in the Premier League title race, hurts so much that he "wanted to cry".

City, who won the last of their two English league titles in 1968, appeared on course for a long-awaited third when they led for a majority of the season, until United surged ahead of them a month ago.

With six matches remaining, United have moved eight points clear of City and are in prime position to clinch the title for the 20th time in their history with a successful defence of their Premier League crown.

When United scored two late goals to beat Blackburn Rovers 2-0 last week, City's destiny was no longer in their hands and the 23-year-old Richards told the Daily Mail he realised then just what had been lost.

"At halftime and at 60 minutes, I thought: 'You never know', but United do always look like they will score," he told the newspaper. "So I knew it was going to come.

"But when they got it and went further clear of us, I actually wanted to cry and I haven't done that or felt like that in years.

"Football is full of emotions. You get angry and happy but I have never wanted to cry before. This time I did as that's how much it means.

"I have been grafting so hard this season, we have played unbelievable football and to see United come like this is horrendous. It kills me."

Although the sides are still to play each other at City on April 30, Richards admits their chances of winning the title are now slight.

The situation could change later on Wednesday when United play at Wigan Athletic and City host West Bromwich Albion, but the champions would need to suffer a major collapse to relinquish the title.

Richards added that City's 6-1 win at Old Trafford in October now seemed like a very long time ago but it could have settled the title race had United been managed by anyone other than Alex Ferguson.

"Fergie has got to be one of the best managers that I've ever come across because, if we had got beaten 6-1 that day, United would have been 20 points clear by now," he added.

He also agrees that United are a very special club.

"They used to have Rooney, Ronaldo, Tevez and Berbatov," he said, "It was terrifying.

"Now, if you are talking about really special young players, then they only have Wayne Rooney. But as a team they are unbelievable. They know how to win. If we can learn some of what they have, then next season we will be twice the team we are now.

"And then we will take some stopping."



Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk



Segun Odegbami
Three headaches for Juventus
An estimated 400 million audience around the world are glued to their television sets. I am sitting...

Dr Errol Sweeney
Ref assault should be condemned by all
The assault on a referee in Saudi Arabia recently should be condemned by all.

Neil Tovey
My Absa Prem team of the season
Games are won by scoring goals but defence wins titles. That rang true for Kaizer Chiefs.

Carol Radull
I'm not surprised Arsenal stumbled
Why am I not surprised that Arsenal has stumbled at the final hurdle, or close to the final hurdle?

Sunday Oliseh
Why Pep’s move could fire up the EPL
It’s the talk, speculation and rumour of the moment that, if true, could impact the English Premier...

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
The best team always wins the league
One of the ironies of life is that the first time I heard the chant of “boring, boring”, it was...