Yaya Youre was the one midfield opponent Manchester United hero Paul Scholes could rarely get the better of.
Faced with the Ivorian in the latter stages of his career, the City man's athleticism proved too much for the ginger maestro and on one occasion he was red carded for a desperate late lunge at his opponent.
He has taken great relish however in going in with two feet on the unsettled City star, amid reports Toure feels unappreciated at City, linked in the past week with Barcelona and PSG.
"Quite embarrassing, really. I can’t remember Man United players acting like this. We still came back for pre-season.
"Poor Yaya, maybe the big lad just needs a cuddle."
Under Sir Alex Ferguson, any player behaving like Toure would not have been invited back for pre-season. The one exception he wilted his iron fist for being Wayne Rooney.
That saga originally resolved itself with a pay increase for the England striker, what's the betting Toure would be happy with the same?