Why Rio Ferdinand is wrong with Manchester City jibe

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has taken a dig at Manchester City.

Amid all the celebrations from Manchester United players celebrating their 20th league title, Rio Ferdinand has not been able to resist having a pop at the club's rivals.

He said: "It’s always sweet when you win the title and it’s nice to do it here, in the right way and in style, not on goal difference. We have won it outright and comfortably."

Caught up in the moment or not, Rio surely knew exactly what he was saying and how it would be interpreted. The phrase 'grace in victory as well as defeat' appears not to have passed by the defender.

But as well as being pretty classless, Ferdinand misses an important point - winning the league, however you do it - it special, and is right.

In fact the way City overhauled United from being eight points behind in early April was pretty spectacular.

It was not City's fault last season that United pushed them all the way though, losing out only on goal difference. Just like had City been stronger in 2012/13, United would have had more of a fight on their hands.

The way they have won it so early is as much to do with City's inconsistency and drawing too many games as much as it is United's relentless win record, they go hand in hand.

What Ferdinand should actually be saying is nothing, and he should have saved his comments for last season. 

'At least we lost it the right way' - He should have said, for their is no shame, only frustration, in losing the title on goal difference.

City fans would be the first to admit they have not lost the title in the right way this season, and would rather have put up more of a battle and take it to the wire.

Perhaps defeat is easier to take when so comprehensive, rather than the agony suffered by United in the final seconds of last season, but it does not make winning in the final moments any less glamorous - if anything more so.

City fans, do you expect anything less from Ferdinand?

image: © Paolo Camera

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