Richards fuels the fire
With Manchester City and Manchester United not usually needing any additional reasons to hate each other, particularly with a place in the FA Cup final at stake when they meet in the semi-final in April, Micah Richards has nevertheless added fuel to the already raging fire. The City defender, who scored the goal that sent Reading crashing out of the Cup competition at the quarter-final stage, has revealed that he won't hold back in doing all he can to help his side win the clash, and may even be prepared to get a bit physical if the game demands it.
Wayne Rooney stole all the headlines the last time these two met, scoring a stunning overhead kick to light up what has otherwise been a highly unremarkable season at club level and at international level, but Richards has revealed that Rooney will be more of a focus for the City back line when the clubs meet next time, the defender joking that he may "give him a little elbow" if he attempts such an audacious effort again.
With Richards currently the longest-serving player at the club, a stat that says a lot about the rate of change the club's fans have witnessed over the last two years or so, it's likely that his desire to win at all costs. For silverware that City fans are so desperate to see will filter down through the ranks, even to the newest arrivals at City such as Edin Dzeko.
If City can welcome back a few players who have been forced to sit out recent game action, such as Adam Johnson and James Milner, over the next couple of weeks, they could find themselves in a great position to take full advantage of a United side potentially distracted by league and Champions League commitments.