Rio Ferdinand hits out at Manchester City and Newcastle

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand was not impressed by the lack of English players on show during Manchester City's Premier League opener with Newcastle.

Manchester City demolished Newcastle in their season opener, via goals from David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri.

Their football was a joy to watch, with new manager Manuel Pellegrini seeing his tenure get off to a perfect start.

For Newcastle fans it was uncomfortable from the off, shorn of playmaker Yohan Cabaye after he was omitted after not being in the right frame of mind following Arsenal's bid for him.

One watching observer, was Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, who will no doubt have been watching rivals City's attacking display with concern.

But rather than praise his rivals, Ferdinand stuck the boot into both sides lack of faith in English players.


Joe Hart and Joleon Lescott of Manchester City were the side's only starting Englishmen, while for Newcastle it was just Steven Taylor - who was sent off at the end of the first half.

A lack of English players in Premier League fixtures has been a point of contention ever since Chelsea fielded the first ever side without one back in 1999.

Successive international tournament failures have only increased the spotlight on the issue, and this weekend clubs as a whole kicked off with fewer Englishmen than at any point in the Premier League's history.

Is Ferdinand right to raise the point? What should be done about it?


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